Walking and Driving Safari

Flatdogs Camp is the closest camp to the Mfuwe main gate, which provides access to the South Luangwa National Park. Flatdogs conducts professionally-guided game viewing activities in the National Park, including morning drives, night drives and walking safaris

Visited Flatdogs with my parents for 4 nights. Had an amazing stay. The staff were so warm and welcoming. We had the same guide (Jonathan) for all of our game drives and he was excellent! Extremely knowledgeable, respectful of the animals and most importantly kept away from other vehicles so at times it felt like we were the only people in the National Park.  –CH2914, Geneva, Switzerland

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All our safaris are led by a fully-qualified guide. And are we proud of them? Absolutely. Their professionalism and skills get you to the best sightings with the fewest number of humans around. We normally limit numbers to six guests per vehicle and our guides use their guiding skills, not their radios, to find the game. You might sit listening to the sounds of the bush, alone in the wilderness, when the guide hears an alarm call. What better way to find a leopard?

The South Luangwa is one of the few parks in Africa to allow night drives, and the guides’ knowledge of animal behaviour really pays off after dark. Knowing where predators might hunt, which other predators might be around to take advantage and how to ensure we don’t interfere with the normal behaviour of these animals is crucial to your enjoyment.

For most of the year, depending on the weather, we are able to offer walking safaris. These are a fascinating, more detailed view of the park ecology and of the wildlife as well as a chance to dive more deeply into dung, or ultimately to track game on foot either using spoor or with a little help from birds and animals who “alarm” in the presence of predators. Walks usually last for three-four hours and are commonly taken in the morning when it’s cooler. We also offer a drive/walk combination of a 2-hour walk with a 2-hour drive.

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Our morning drives leave camp at 06h00 and last for at least four hours. Night drives depart at 16h00  and return at around 20h10 when the National Park is closed to all vehicles. For the drives we use a fully-equipped 4x4 Toyota Land Cruiser with radio so they are in contact with Flatdogs in case of emergency. Private self-drive vehicles may enter the Park from 06h00-18h00 daily.

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‘Our guide’s depth of knowledge was astonishing and he kept us enthralled on every game drive. He also had a knack for finding amazing spots for morning tea or evening cocktails!’

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Very popular in the winter months in particular and for guests staying with us for longer are our All Day Drives. We send you out with a picnic lunch, your Safari Guide and a ZAWA Scout, so you can stop and stretch your legs with some walking too. We do need a day’s warning to organise an all day activity and these are only available for a minimum of 4 guests.

Interested?

4 different accommodation options to choose from...

Safari Tents

Traditional "Africa under canvas" feel

Great views onto the Luangwa River or our own waterhole.

Jackalberry Treehouse

Two bedroom treehouse with all the mod cons, but not many walls!

Great game viewing from your deck and your bed. A sleep on the wild side!

Croc Nest looking towards the Luangwa

Crocodile Nest

Private deck, pool, safaris and dining. The chance to spoil yourselves and be spoiled

Ideal for groups of 4 - 6 people

Chalets

Perfect for families. Enclosed verandah, thatch roofs and thick walls for cooler nights in the hotter months