Reviews of Flatdogs Camp
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Flatdogs is the best
We loved this place. Hippos and elephants in camp, great staff and brilliant guides. Jonathan and Bwayla both were excellent. Guides as well as personable people. Paolo Jess Ade and Iain were all great hosts and we met many fantastic guests.
The walking safari lived up to what I wanted and is now a must on every itinerary. We saw loads of leopards and got our first wild dogs as well.
The wife had tears in here eyes as we checked out so it must be great right?
overnight stay without activities
ideal stopover, will stay longer next timeRead more about the whole safari
We were very glad to spend a night here after about 30 hours' travelling but we enjoyed it so much that we would have loved to have stayed longer.
Next morning, our pass to the South Luangwa NP for the following 8 nights was arranged at the gate then we thoroughly enjoyed an early morning game drive to 'kickstart' the safari. We returned for a very good breakfast then were driven to our next camp in time for lunch. This was all handled very efficiently and with great friendliness.
Very good camp with great facilities
I was uncertain about Flatdogs based on reviews on some sites suggesting it is a basic camp. It has progressed considerably from its original back packer camp.
Bwalya was an excellent guide who took us for all our drives over 3 days and worked hard to ensure we saw just about all animals and had a varied experience. He also drove us up to Tafika on the last day. The other staff were friendly and efficient and added to the stay.
The food is excellent with a varied menu available at all times of day - definitely the best meals we have ever had on safaris. - and it was great to have a cooked breakfast when we returned from the morning drives!
The tent was very comfortable - once you got to it around the regular elephant visitors most days.
Excellent game and bird spotting at Flatdogs
Liked the flexibility of the meal system and also excellent quality food which included fresh produce from the garden
Excellent guide - Bwalya was not only very personable and good company but also had an in depth knowledge of birds as well as animals.
Great to hear they sourced a lot of the food and other things needed for the camp from the local community.
Highlight for me was seeing wild dogs close up
overnight stay at Flatdogs
Our stay at Flatdogs was very brief as we arrived quite late and left very early the following morning. The camp were very welcoming and the accommodation was very comfortable.
We had a lovely dinner and a great nights sleep before moving onto our next camp. It was a great place to stay as it was close to the airport which was very handy after a long journey. We didn't do any game drives so can't comment on these.
Flatdogs Camp review
Flatdogs was fine, we were only there from 6.00pm to 6.00am the next morning, so I have no comments.Read more about the whole safari
One night stop
I just stayed one night and didn't do any game drives, but the staff were very friendly and had a good catch up on Luangwa gossip with Jess & Adie.Read more about the whole safari
Flatdogs a perfect introduction to S Luangwa
Beautifully run by Jess and Ade, not forgetting Paolo, Lydia and all the staff, we could not fault any of them at all.
It begins with their welcome on your arrival and thereafter each time at the end of game drives and ends when sadly you wave goodby. We really enjoyed our stay, the accommodation was lovely and the food delicious.
Our guide Robbie, for game drives was superb and so knowledgeable; he was a delight to listen to and gave many incites to the behaviour of the animals. The swimming pool was a bonus after a hot and dusty drive. All in all we loved it.
Flatdogs Camp review
We arrived at Flatdogs mid way through the evening after three tiring flights from the UK. However, we were expected and made to feel really welcome, and dinner was available. It was a bit disconcerting having to be escorted out to our tents in the pitch black and hearing the sounds of the hippopotumus so close by in the river which runs in front of the tents, but in the morning we were rewarded with stunning views of the river with the sun just coming up, giving a red/golden glow to everything, with monkeys playing on the patio area. T
he shower room at the back of Flatdogs may not be to everyone's liking, as it is pretty much open to the sky, but my husband and I liked the feeling of nature all around. Few encounters with spiders, millipedes, frogs and a small snake (not poisonous) but this all added to the adventure. Elephants wander around the camp at night and we all had to get out of the swimming pool one afternoon to let them pass through the camp. Wonderful viewing.
Adrian and Tess are great hosts and all the staff very efficient and friendly. Our especial thanks to Lydia, Harold and Kennedy, our excellent safari guide, who located a leopard lounging in a tree in the early morning sun for us, and a lion pride who had just very shortly before made a kill - poor impala! - but wonderful viewing for us. Also Paolo was a really nice guy and so helpful.