Flatdogs Camp

Reviews of Flatdogs Camp

Excellent(98%) From 55 travellers
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Below are independent comments from 55 of our travellers who have visited Flatdogs Camp, and have kindly agreed to share their thoughts.

They do not necessarily represent the views of Expert Africa.
Mrs S. from Haslemere
Arrived on: 18-Apr-2019 Stayed for: 3 nights
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Flatdogs Camp review

1). Accommodation
We (3 adults and 3 children) stayed for 3 nights in the very self contained Croc Nest accommodation. Whilst the rest of the camp seemed to become crowded and busy we were entirely isolated from this. It worked very well for our group and we would all recommend it to anyone. Comfortable, large, well maintained, with good views to the river. The pool (about 8mx3m) was a real bonus keeping the 3 children completely occupied during the down time between drives.

2). Food
We had all our meals apart from breakfast delivered to our tent/house. The food for lunch and dinner was good with a reasonable choice of dishes (more choice than we have had at other lodges) and arrived promptly. Drinks are not included which was unusual and possibly a negative. The predrive breakfast eaten at the main camp compares badly to other camps. Very basic. Similarly the sundowners and mid morning drive snacks were rather uninspired.

3). Game Drives
Most important, the reason for visiting! South Luangwa has the reputation of being one of the most game prolific areas of Africa. We were not disappointed.
We had Yokim as our guide, possibly Flatdogs chief guide (a previous history of safari-ing meant we were not assigned a rookie, a very good touch). He was knowledgeable and prepared to engage with the children.
Some of us are especially keen birders and he was able to show us many different species. We thought he was pleased not to have to spend his time chasing big animals. The children enjoyed filling the check list in, they ticked about 75 different birds, Mabel (our evening spotter) clearly found this odd. Our only complaint would be that on evening drives Yokim was less alert to our interests due to interaction with Mabel.
We particularly enjoyed our leopard cubs and lion cubs spottings and the huge numbers of hippos and crocodiles. Plus genets (lots, a first for me) elephants and giraffe. I would have liked to see more big buck but for this we would have to be more into the dry season. Plenty of small ones: impala and puku.

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Mrs. KCW from DC
Arrived on: 10-Sep-2018 Stayed for: 3 nights
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Jackalberry treehouse

We loved the Jackalberry treehouse. What a cool experience! We opted to skip a drive in favor of staying back to watch the animals drink from our own watering hole one day! The caretaker was super attentive and the staff went out of their way to make us comfortable.

We loved our guide.

This is very much a wild experience, which we very much appreciated! But less adventurous travelers should be aware of insects and animals in and around the treehouse.

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Prof. A from Nottingham
Arrived on: 25-Aug-2018 Stayed for: 3 nights
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Flatdogs Camp review

Flatdogs is a lovely camp. The guiding is excellent (Yotam) and Adrian and Jess are genuinely interested in ensuring everyone has a great experience.

We stayed in Croc's Nest which is beautiful. One small drawback is you can't walk back to the main camp because of wandering animals!

We had our own pool and patio and sent the day watching elephants and baboons. Magic!

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Ms Y from Oregon
Arrived on: 20-Aug-2018 Stayed for: 4 nights
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Lovely Experience

Our stay at Flatdogs was terrific. Adrian, Jess, Becca, Louis and our guide Kennedy made our days at Flatdogs warm and engaging. I apologize for not mentioning all the staff as they were very good at their work and made everything flow smoothly.

The guiding with Kennedy was solid and we were able to spot everything we desired with a bit more added in.

We loved our luxury tent and it had all the amenities that you need for a stay. I loved sitting outside our tent and watching the elephant crossing everyday. Walking through camp we saw elephants, baboons, monkeys and hippos.

In adddition to leopards, lions, ellies, etc, we also saw a Honey Badger, Genet, and a number of different varieties of mongoose.

I would not hesitate to recommend staying at Flatdogs.

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Mrs S from NZ
Arrived on: 3-Jul-2018 Stayed for: 4 nights
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Flatdogs Camp review

Great welcome, excellent and personable guide.

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dadndoc from Mawson Lakes
Arrived on: 2-Jul-2018 Stayed for: 3 nights
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Excellent game drive base camp

We stayed for three nights at Flatdogs Camp which is conveniently located just outside the main entrance to South Luangwa National Park. The camp is extremely well staffed with pleasantly helpful staff. Our vehicle driver, Kennedy, was an excellent guide who also took good care of our meal requirements before each game drive. Animals within the National Park were not abundant but there were always some excellent animal encounters and leopard viewings.

Our spacious solid construction lodges were “rustic” with dated interiors but they perfectly suited our needs. We experienced numerous encounters with elephants outside our lodge and around the camp which was unexpected and enjoyable.

The kitchen offered a full day menu with a wide variety of food choices on both the regular menu and with daily specials.

Flatdogs Camp was an excellent game drive base and offers a considerably better value package than any of the camps we visited at South Luangwa National Park.
It is our first choice of safari camps within the area.

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J+K from Canada
Arrived on: 26-May-2018 Stayed for: 3 nights
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Flatdogs Camp

Flatdogs was an excellent introduction to our safari! It has a very relaxed atmosphere, and we enjoyed spending time each midday by the pool. Our guide, Joffrey, was fantastic, and really made an effort to tailor our game drives to our interests. The food was delicious, and we had no issues with our dietary restrictions (vegetarian and severe allergies).

We stayed in the Luxury Safari Tent, which was huge and provided every amenity we could have asked for. We were thrilled to be able to sit on our porch and watch herd of about 15 elephants bathe and graze right behind our tent one afternoon!

Given the size of the camp, there were several families with young children staying there, which did cause some louder poolside afternoons, however we had no other complaints or issues about our stay!

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Mr B from Oregon
Arrived on: 10-May-2018 Stayed for: 3 nights
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Brief but fantastic stay at Flatdogs

I had a fantastic two days of safari at Flatdogs.

The location is amazing–the tents are neatly tucked into the denser riverside canopy, and the area was full of noisy animal life. The way the tents are integrated into the landscape felt unobtrusive. The tents and bathrooms were very comfortable; they seemed to have thought of every detail to make it so.

The animals were plentiful and not put off by humans. We saw a huge range of species in just our first morning drive. We didn't have to share them with too many other outfitters.

The guides were extremely knowledgable, showing us different things with each trip and answering all questions capably. The walking safari was an excellent way to get more out of the area.

The food was the best we'd had in Zambia, and surprisingly, was a highlight of the time at Flatdogs. It was great having a menu from which to choose, at an hour of our choosing.

The staff were extremely accommodating, indulging our questions, and ensuring that we were able to go on a walking safari.

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Dr M from Grand Rapids
Arrived on: 23-Apr-2018 Stayed for: 3 nights
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Flatdogs Camp review

The previous reviews (Expert Africa and TripAdvisor) had me expecting slow service for food/meals and iffy Wi-Fi. Both turned out to be true, but honestly: I didn't care. The WiFi is nearly nonexistent, and you wait for food. But who cares?

We found this place to be special and enjoyable in every other way. We would stay there again and recommend it to any/all (unless you want to be working and emailing from a bushcamp).

Great guiding. There's nothing else to do there but go on game drives. That's why we came and Flatdogs delivered, along with friendly service and good food and great vibes.

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Mr M from London
Arrived on: 21-Sep-2017 Stayed for: 3 nights
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Long weekend at Flatdogs

Spent a long weekend at Flatdogs in September 2017 as a solo traveller. Overall, it was a fantastic experience

Location - It's right by the main gate but outside the park, not much more than 30 min drive from Mfuwe airport. Being near the main gate brings you a bit more traffic - but on the other hand it also allows you to piggy back on other vehicles' sightings. We took a drive into the more remote part of the park one day and didn't see as much, as you only see what you spot yourself.

Accommodation - The tents are perfectly nice, though in September it is warm and although the fan in the room helps, sleeping can be difficult.

Food - Unlike nearly every other lodge I've been to, they have a full-size restaurant menu, rather than 1 or 2 options per night. Makes a big difference to the experience to be able to choose from so many things.

Wildlife - South Luwangwa in September is incredible. The combination of low number of tourists relative to other places, not much vegetation, lots of leopards and ability to do night drives makes it one of my all time favourite places to do safari.

Service - The team at Flatdogs were really helpful - a lot of places have a fixed 'programme' for guests and that's what you have to do. At Flatdogs we had a discussion every night about what we wanted to do tomorrow. In the end I paid extra to have a private vehicle as being in the truck with half a dozen others felt more like being on an open-top bus tour than enjoying a special moment with nature. It wasn't cheap, but well worth it. My guide was fantastic - in terms of spotting, his knowledge but also listening to what we were interested in rather than going through the motions. Will definitely go back next year.

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