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Flatdogs Camp
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Flatdogs Camp


... is located in the Central Sector of South Luangwa National Park in eastern Zambia.

Upsides ...

In a pleasant riverside position adjacent to the main Mfuwe Bridge Gate into the central part of South Luangwa national park, this relatively large and simple lodge offers simple accommodation, but backed up with unusually high levels of service. It really is a great value for money offering. Activities are centred on vehicle safari and night vehicle safari, with lesser walking safari options, with unusually reliable sightings of lions and leopards in particular. All day vehicle safaris are a particular favourite.

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Downsides ...

The main potential downsides are the the fact that the lodge is quite large and simple, a good deal less less intimate than the smaller safari camps in the area. It is also outside the national park and uses the main Mfuwe Bridge Gate, exposing guests to very high vehicle traffic. It is also quite an old-fashioned design and has relatively open rooms, There is the potential for rain Nov/Apr and the extremely high temperatures in Oct/Nov.

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When to visit ...

Jun/Oct ... is the dry season in South Luangwa and generally considered to be the best time to be out on safari as the majority of animals converge on the few year round water sources. During the early part of the season, May/Jun, night time temperatures can be rather low, so do bring warm layers and a decent jacket. The grass and foliage cover can also be a little high during the first month or so, making it a little bit more difficult to find the animals. Towards the end of the season the wildlife viewing should be at its absolute best, but it can become extremely hot and humid day and night. Visitor numbers can become relatively high in this central area.

Nov/May ... is the green season, with showers being possible at any time, but generally focussed on Dec/Feb when they can become persistent. This rain can cause many of the minor tracks to become difficult and increase the grass and foliage cover, both of which make wildlife viewing more challenging. However the bush looks beautiful, with lots of wildflowers and baby animals. Visitor numbers are relatively low, except for the Dec/Jan holiday season, and prices are often considerably reduced.

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A few words about prices ...

We are specialists in helping our guests to build the very best and most suitable safaris for the lowest possible prices. A safari can be a very expensive undertaking and we always do everything we can to meet your target budget.

Further up this page you will see our guide price for this place. This is the high season rate per person per night sharing a double room. For most people this should represent a worst case scenario, since various discounts usually apply at other times of year.

We guarantee that the prices we charge will be the same or, more often than not, considerably less than if you were to book directly with the owner. We also guarantee to match or beat any legitimate competitive quotations. Additionally, all our itineraries have fully itemised pricing, so that you can see exactly how much each element costs, which should provide you with great reassurance and help you to make decisions when fine-tuning your trip.

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How we like to include this camp in trips ...

South Luangwa is Zambia's top wildlife location and one of the best national parks in Africa. It therefore tends to feature in virtually all high quality safaris through the country. Although by comparison with better known locations like Mara, Serengeti, Okavango and Kruger, the traffic flows through the valley remain light, there can be significant vehicle clustering during the high season, usually coinciding with the areas of highest wildlife densities, so we do need to think carefully when selecting camps and lodges.

We tend to recommend Flatdogs to guest who are much more focussed on game-viewing than on the quality of their accommodation. You can base yourself here and spend virtually all your waking hours out on safari in the park. It really is a great value option, which also happens to be a really friendly and pleasant to boot. It is also surprisingly consistent for somewhere in this price band. An all-round winner for the right kind of guest. Usual stay duration is 2 to 6 nights.

Guests who want to stick to more heavily built lodges often also combine with Lion Camp to the north of the park.

Guests who want to get out and sample some of the much more earthy small bushcamps and do a good deal of walking might think to combine with options such as Chikoko Tree Camp and Crocodile River Camp, also to the north. These combinations typically run to 5 to 12 nights.

Or we can easily mix any other lodges and camps if you prefer.

South Luangwa is the most popular area for safari in Zambia. It is often combined with other safari areas such including Lower Zambezi and Kafue, along with time at the Victoria Falls in Livingstone, in trips of 7 to 14 nights.

These areas are also often commonly combined combined with parts of neighbouring Malawi, Zimbabwe and Botswana in particular.

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