Flatdogs Camp

Reviews of Flatdogs Camp

Excellent(98%) From 61 travellers
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Below are independent comments from 61 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.
Mr & Mrs B & A from UK
Arrived on: 28-Sep-2019 Stayed for: 3 nights
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Flatdogs Camp

Really good value for money.

Excellent guiding. Dining adequate but nothing special. Accommodation was excellent with river view. Would not have wanted a tent without a view.

Being outside the park was not a drawback at all as it was very close to the gate.

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VR from Boston
Arrived on: 31-Aug-2019 Stayed for: 4 nights
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Incredible wildlife

In spite of being rather large by Zambian standards, Flatdogs never felt crowded or anonymous. The guides were technically excellent, engaging, resourceful and unflappable, even when our jeep's lights wouldn't turn on after our evening tea break, and then the replacement vehicle got a puncture deep in the park close to closing time.The homemade treats for the tea breaks were a lovely and delicious touch.

Before I even got to my tent the first night, I had seen 3 elephants and several hippos and we saw elephants in camp every day. South Luangwa itself has an incredible density of animals and birds. Note that the tents are baboon-proof but the bathrooms are not. Baboons ransacked my toiletries my first morning I was out of my tent and made off with my presumably very tasty shampoo. The cabinets under the sinks are baboon-proof, but it was dark when I got there and I didn't notice them.

The pool was most welcome in between game drives. Being able to order meals on demand was a luxury; I had a fantastic rabbit ravioli one evening.

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Mr G from St. Neots
Arrived on: 26-Aug-2019 Stayed for: 4 nights
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Flatdogs Camp review

WE WERE VERY SATISFIED WITH THE SERVICE WE RECEIVED AT FLATDOGS AND THE GUIDING WAS EXCELLENT,
ON REFLECTION IT WOULD HAVE BEEN ADVISABLE TO ARRIVE AT THE CAMP IN DAYLIGHT HOURS , AFTER A LONG SERIES OF FLIGHTS, WE ARRIVED IN THE DARK AT OUR TREE HOUSE IN STRANGE SURROUNDINGS VERY TIRED.

WE HAD A SLIGHT PROBLEM IN SO MUCH AS THERE WAS NO FURNITURE TO UNPACK OUR CLOTHES AND WE HAD TO LEAVE ALL OUR BAGS IN A LARGE TRUNK.

WE COULD NOT LEAVE ANYTHING LYING ABOUT BECAUSE OF THE PRESENCE OF MONKEYS, WE DID STATE AT THE END OF OUR VISIT IN THE QUESTIONNAIRE A NY KIND OF CHEST OF DRAWERS WOULD HAVE BEEN APPRECIATED.

OUR REQUEST FOR A HOP UP FOR SHEILA TO BOARD THE VEHICLES WAS SUPPLIED WITHOUT ASKING. ANY OTHER NEEDS WAS SUPPLIED WHEN ASKED FOR.

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The B family from Swindon
Arrived on: 29-Jul-2019 Stayed for: 3 nights
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Staying in the Tree House

Flatdogs Camp is situated outside the National Park but adjacent to the entrance. Therefore it is only a short drive to enter the park however, there tends to be a lot of vehicles entering at the same time and this causes a lot of dust. It is noticeable that this part is busier than else where in South Luangwa and there are a lot more vehicle per wildlife sightings.

The guides are still very good and the hosting team are excellent. They were very attentive to all our needs.
The menu had a good variety and was excellent.

The tree house has an amazing location which is quiet. It has its own waterhole which gets plenty of visitors and is an absolute highlight to this camp. However, the monkey population can prevent you from relaxing during the afternoons and being under a tree can leave a mess on the furniture. The tree house has everything that you require and no one minded coming to collect you or bring your food. Japhit is employed to look after the treehouse and does a great job keeping the moneys away while you are out.

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Miss Y. from canada
Arrived on: 16-Jul-2019 Stayed for: 3 nights
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Just perfect

Flatdogs is a really nice and welcoming place. People were really nice, food was perfect and the safari tents were just as great.

The safaris were great: lots of animals, really good guides. We also liked the open jeep so we could see all around.

We would go back anytime.

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Mrs S from NZ
Arrived on: 13-Jul-2019 Stayed for: 3 nights
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Return to a very special place

It was wonderful to be welcomed back, it made me feel very special. My daughter immediately realised why I wanted to come back to this place.

We appreciated the special effort made to accommodate us and the offer of upgrade to two adjacent tents was simply marvellous!

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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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