South Luangwa
Flat Dogs Camp

Set in South Luangwa National Park, Flat Dogs offers a fantastic range of accommodation to suit all budgets.

As well as game drives and walking safaris accompanied by expert guides, there is a variety of other activities on offer that will keep guests of every age entertained. This camp is an excellent choice for families, but would work just as well for couples seeking a romantic getaway amidst pristine wilderness.

Facilities & Activities

For value-for-money, try Flatdogs’ Safari Package, which includes game drives and walking safaris at a good rate. Each open vehicle take a maximum of 6 guests, and the expert safari guides are passionate about the park and full of fascinating insights into its flora and fauna. Morning drives leave at 6am, while night drives depart at 4pm. Both last around four hours, and drive/walk combinations are also available.

In addition to traditional safari experiences, there is an impressive range of activities on offer. How about spending a day with the ladies at the Tribal Textiles Art Safaris and creating your own hand-painted design? Or accompanying the CSL Village Scouts on an anti-poaching patrol? Other activities include visiting the teacher and pupils at the Chiyembekezo Pre-school, set up for orphans and vulnerable children by four local Zambians and supported by Flatdogs Camp.

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Dining

Seating around 40 people either beneath the thatched roof, in the courtyard or garden overlooking the river, the restaurant serves breakfast, lunch, dinner and in a wonderful setting. There are no fixed timings for meals, giving you greater flexibility throughout the day.

Vegan, vegetarian and gluten-free diets are catered for, and the bistro-style menu uses fresh, local ingredients wherever possible. Vegetables are grown in the camp garden and are picked hours before being served on a plate. Don’t miss the local staple meal of nshima with a vegetable, fish or chicken relish, and the nachos with tangy pawpaw chutney. There is also a bar with sofas, cafe tables and WiFi access, where a refreshing mojito is just the tonic after a day on safari.

Rooms

There is a complete range of accommodation to suit all budgets here. You can even book tents and chalets on a room-only basis (excluding safari trips) if you’re just looking for accommodation and then to add game drives and meals as required.

Choose from en-suite Classic and Luxury Safari Tents alongside chalets for those preferring not to sleep under canvas.

For something more luxurious, book Croc’s Nest, as of opening season 2024 the tented house will have 3 en-suite bedrooms (sleeps up to 6) and a spacious deck area complete with a private pool and dining area. Guests staying here have their own guide and safari vehicle.

Or how about sleeping in the trees? Set 8ft off the ground, the two-bedroom Jackalberry Tree House features four-poster beds, a spacious living room and offers the best views in camp.

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Family

Flatdogs is a family-friendly camp, with children welcome all year round. There’s also a children’s menu in the restaurant with flexible serving times. And for those looking for some time to themselves, there’s also a good nanny service.

Accommodation options include a family tent with a double bed and two single beds – and chalets, which feature 2 bedrooms and bathrooms and are ideal for families as children can walk through to their parents’ room without having to go outside. There is also a larger family chalet with three bedrooms and viewing deck that looks out towards the Luangwa River.

If the spend range allows, consider booking tented Croc’s Nest with 3 bedrooms or Jackalberry Tree House offering 2 bedrooms.

Sustainability

Flatdogs is very active with the local community, conservation and environmental projects. Their community work is mostly directed through Project Luangwa, a charity set up by a number of lodges in the Valley to administer their community activities, focusing mostly on education and small businesses. Our environmental and conservation projects are varied in scale and content; some are based here in camp, and some span the whole valley.

As of 2023 Flatdogs has been awarded a Fair Trade Tourism Certification – they are the first lodge / camp in Zamia to achieve this!

Location

Flatdogs Camp has a superb location, being the closest camp to the Mfuwe main gate, which provides access to the South Luangwa National Park. Set on the edge of the Luangwa River, on the eastern side of the park, it’s around a 35 minute drive North-West from Mfuwe Airport, which has daily domestic flights from destinations including Livingstone and Lusaka. Once in camp, you’re well positioned to explore the Luangwa Valley with its wildlife and extraordinary scenery.

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