About 30 minutes from Zambia’s Mfuwe Airport, Flatdogs Camp occupies a sprawling property on the banks of the broad Luangwa River. This wide, brown body of water remains one of Africa’s most untouched river systems and is the lifeblood of the sensational South Luangwa National Park.
In fact, sightings of vervet monkeys at Flatdogs are virtually guaranteed, especially around the restaurant so keep a close eye on your food!
Its proximity to this prolific reserve also means that it is not unusual for elephants, hippos or the endemic Thornicroft’s giraffe to wander past your room. As such, the place is patrolled by night watchmen who walk you to and from your room when it’s dark.
The only night-time visitor we encountered at Flatdogs
The camp also has a veritable smorgasbord of accommodation styles to choose from. There are beautiful private houses (located away from the main areas) which can be booked exclusively by families or groups of friends. There are self-contained multi-bedroom chalets with thatched roofs and solid walls (but meshed-in windows). These can be booked in part or exclusively so guests that don’t know each other may have to share the lounge area/kitchenette. There are also the more conventional (and very lovely!) tented suites or rooms-under-canvas that you find in many traditional safari lodges.
All options come with power, hot water showers and bush Wi-Fi. For recreation, there's a central swimming pool with a slide - fun!