Reviews of Flatdogs Camp
Wildlife sightings and reviews
73 independent comments and wildlife information from our travellers who have visited Flatdogs Camp and kindly agreed to share their thoughts. They do not necessarily represent the views of Expert Africa
"Flatdogs Camp review"
The tent was great and it was fantastic that elephants and hippos could just walk around! Safari drives/ walk great fun.
The night drives could be shorter though." See all these reviews: 8n in Zambia; 3n in Zimbabwe
"Fabulous Flatdogs "
Everything food & drink wise can be served in your accommodation or at the main site, brilliant efficient laundry service and someone always on hand to help you (thank you Ken!). Really was a restful brilliant place to stay would highly recommend.
Flatdogs also as a camp was wonderful.
The game drives magical and so informative our guide Yotam was fantastic, fun and so determined to get us to see what we wanted to see. We saw everything we wanted to see and more. The camp is in a great location to the national park so easy to get into the bush! We also had a whole day in the bush with a bush brunch and siesta out in the open bush fantastic food and great to have the time to take things at our own pace, a wonderful treat for Pauls 50th birthday. Thank you.
The owners Adrian and Jess are wonderful hosts and instil such friendliness throughout the whole camp and all of the staff it really does make a difference, nothing is a problem and the staff are all absolutely phenomenal.
The food - well you definitely won't go hungry there is so much on offer, great variety and wonderfully cooked a veritable treat every single day - cream tea, passionate fruit cake before your night drive yes please!
Would highly recommend !" See all these reviews: 7n in Zambia
"Flatdogs Camp review"
The addition of the new pool area is perfect. It's so good that I skipped game drives so I could fully relax in camp, especially when we encountered 43 degrees heat. Will also help you to cool down from hot nights. I found the nights still bearable even in October as there is a powerful fan in the tent. The camp is an awesome place to unwind and just chill. The restaurant has so much variety, you have to stay for a long time to finish the whole menu.
You regularly see elephants, pukus, impalas, baboons, bushbucks roaming through camp, occasionally also buffalos and hippos. Great safety measures are in place that everyone can happily coexist.
Jess and Adrian perfectly organized my Covid Test which can be taken in the camp. You get the result back and it just took 3 hours. So this is helpful, so that stop-overs in Lusaka just for the purpose of a Covid-Test are not needed. They print the test out for you, the QR code can be scanned with your mobile phone when applying for the GlobalHaven certificate (which nobody wanted to see at the airport anyway). The Covid certificate was accepted in South Africa, so it's all reliable.
The Game Drives were nice, the other travelers I was mixed with were a good fit. We actually had a lot of fun. Sightings wise, was a lucky week that the 21 wild dogs I have seen at Puku Ridge earlier moved on to the Mfuwe Lodge area and we could see them in two more game drives. Sightings of leopards and lions was less often than I experienced in 2017 (which was Aug/Sep), probably due to the heat. Still, we had some cool moments with leopards as well." See all these reviews: 13n in Zambia
"Flatdogs Camp review"
The pool area is very nice." See all these reviews: 16n in Zambia
"Flatdogs Camp review"
Our guide Joffrey was excellent. We saw so much on the one day of safari, both mammals and birds, as well as our interesting drive to transfer us through the park to our onward camp in the north, Kaingo... Traveling at the moment in the time of Covid we only encountered one other vehicle (the couple we flew in with), even in this busier part of the park. Priceless.... The camp staff and management, Kennedy, Aiden, Jesse could not have been more welcoming . Highly recommended, especially the Croc's Nest..... and just about when we were about to leave we got to see the Wild Dogs right in the camp off the deck of the very cool Jackleberry Treehouse...." See all these reviews: 16n in Zambia
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." See all these reviews: 11n in Zambia
"Flatdogs Camp review"
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." See all these reviews: 11n in Zambia
"Staying in the Tree House"
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." See all these reviews: 13n in Zambia
"Return to a very special place"
We appreciated the special effort made to accommodate us and the offer of upgrade to two adjacent tents was simply marvellous!" See all these reviews: 5n in Zambia
"Flatdogs Camp review"
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.
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." See all these reviews: 4n in Zambia
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