Flatdogs Camp

Once known for camping, Flatdogs is now a comfortable and reasonably-priced lodge set in a beautiful location on the banks of the Luangwa River. Flatdogs is extremely well known and appreciated by all in the Luangwa Valley. With four different accommodation types from basic to luxury, you can find ideal lodging in an idyllic spot.

Why we love Flatdogs!

Byron was a great guide; patient with all our questions and requests to stay at sightings a little longer. Another thing I love about Flatdogs is their Croc’s Nest [accommodation] and the private guiding and dining that comes with it, not to mention a private pool! 😃

Last visited by Tapiwa – Sales and Reservations Manager – August 2018

Experience Rating

Experience Ratings Explained

The star ratings are based on a variety of different criteria.

Namely it is a comparative aspect against the other lodges in this country and/or area. We like to think of this rating as a mix of the accommodation (please do remember just because the rating is lower doesn’t mean it is a bad lodge more that it maybe more of a rustic nature), guiding and wildlife in the area, food, safety and general vibe.

The lower ratings tend to either be due to being a rustic lodge or being in e.g a busy area of the park. This should be used as a general guide but please do contact us for more detail or check out the reasons why we love these lodges.

Fast Facts


Mfuwe area, South Luangwa National Park


Chalets, Safari tents, Jackalberry Treehouse, Crocodile Nest.

Rooms starting from

$335 (pppn)

Great for

Those wanting value for money

Children welcome

All ages


Mid-March – Mid-January

Ideal length of stay

2 Nights at the start or end of a trip or a unique stay in the private houses





Lodge Key Features

Excellent value safari

Beautiful setting, high-quality accommodation, and outstanding service. Attention to detail in every possible respect. This is what you get at Flatdogs Camp. Flatdogs cheapest accommodation type, Safari tents, are beautifully appointed along the river with the more expensive options getting better and better. All rooms have private bathrooms and small seating areas. The safari guides at Flatdogs are trained to the highest grade and provide a 5-star game viewing experience.


Flatdogs Camp are extremely conscious of the impact their operation has on the environment. They have taken many measures to reducing their carbon footprint including solar water heating. Now, all the safari tents hot water is generated by solar energy additionally food is cooked in a ‘Save 80’ stove which uses 80% less firewood than the traditional method. Flatdogs also use sustainable building products and plant trees to preserve the local environment.

Super safari cuisine

Food is a big part of the safari experience – you eat a lot! Flatdogs have tremendous chefs who make, almost, everything from scratch; bread, nachos, “fiery” chilli sauce and pawpaw chutney. Flatdogs pride themselves on using as much locally grown and raised products as possible. They have their own veggie garden where tomatoes, broccoli, lettuce, rocket, sorrel, pak choi, spinach and chilli are grown. Therefore, if you’re a vegetarian, or have any other dietary requirements, Flatdogs can provide a variety of tasty meals for you.

Client Reviews

  • Continuing to Deliver an Excellent Experience!

    We are very frequent visitors to Africa and have been to Flatdogs multiple times. It never fails to deliver. The management team is fantastic, starting with Jess and Adrian and continuing right through. The guides are also great and our guide Kennedy was a true professional. The highly flexible meal system, the quality of the food, the location of the camp and more makes this simple, straightforward property one of the very best experiences in all of Africa.

  • Amazing safari location

    We have recently returned from a wonderful stay at Flatdogs Camp. From start to finish it was a great experience, on every game drive we saw at least one leopard besides a wide variety of other game. Our guides, Jonathan and Albert, made sure we were always in the heart of the action. The management and staff made us feel very welcome and well catered for and nothing was too much trouble. The quality of the food was consistently excellent over the six days we were there.

  • Guaranteed game viewings from a Lodge that’s welcoming, very comfortable & doesn’t break the bank

    For this family – self driving and camping around Zambia – Flatdogs gave us a warm welcome, great facilities & good game viewing at a price that was top of our budget but much more economical than many self-styled “exclusive” safari lodges. We stayed in a double & single standard tent, both still ensuite and v comfortable. Low key, likeable AND luxurious given that you’re out there in one of Zambia’s top wildlife parks. Jess and Adrian and their team run a smart operation.

  • Relaxed Camp

    We have been to about 6 camps over the years in South Luangwa and Flatdogs is the first to have relaxed meal times which worked well. Accomadation in a chalet was no frills but adequate. Food was good and our guide Byron was brilliant. We were with my brother and niece who were safari first timers and they loved him too.

    Anne H

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