Named in honour of the hungry crocs who lie waiting in the Luangwa River, Flatdogs is the perfect little camp for those who want all of the romance and adventure of safari without going overboard on extras.
What’s Flatdogs like as a camp?
The accommodation options at Flatdogs are pretty diverse, but we’ll do our best to summarise them here- if you have questions or want more detail, please just ask us! There are 12 ensuite safari tents- all with gauzed windows, full-sized beds and open air bathrooms. The luxury tents are a little larger than the standard rooms, with views out over the river, and mosquito nets in addition to the gauze on the windows. Then there are the chalet rooms- six standard rooms, two per building, each with their own bathroom and small sitting area. In addition to this there’s a larger family chalet. Finally, Flatdogs has a gorgeous two-bedroomed jackalberry treehouse, built around three ebony trees. Desperately romantic for a night or two if you’re on a safari honeymoon. Each room has its own bathroom, and there’s a central deck with a comfortable sitting area. While the beds are under a small roof, the treehouse is largely open air and you’re far enough from the main lodge to need vehicle transfers, so this is idea for adventurous souls who want total immersion in the bush.
Over in the main Flatdogs lodge, meals are eaten indoors or out beside the river, with the freshest of local ingredients, either grown in the lodge garden (carefully fenced against peckish ellies) or bought from nearby farmers. There’s also a pool for afternoon dips, and a bar for the all-essential sundowner!
What can I do at Flatdogs?
You’re just across the river from the South Luangwa National Park, where you’ll be able to do morning and late afternoon/evening game drives with the Flatdogs guide. There are usually around 6 people in each open safari vehicle. When grasses are low enough (usually June-October) there are walking safaris, and provided there are at least 4 of you who want to, Flatdogs can arrange an all-day game drive.
Giving back at Flatdogs: Flatdogs works with Project Luangwa to support small business and educational programmes in the local community. You’re already helping as part of the cost of your stay goes towards these projects, but if you want to get involved further, you can look at bringing a donation for the pre-school through Pack for a Purpose or sponsoring the education of a local child- just ask us for more details!
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