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Reviewed 6 October 2021

Flatdogs is the laid-back jewel of the South Luangwa. Perfectly located right on the banks of the Luangwa River, and famously known for it's top-notch dining , it is our go-to camp to stay when we need to stay in Mfuwe but have convenient access to the national park. What's more, it is one of the best places in the entire area to be near elephants! On our most recent trip this past August, while we were in the gorgeously renovated pool chatting with some first time-in-Africa-fellow-American guests, a herd of elephant came thru the camp and chomped on trees right in front of us.

The chalets and tents are great. The showers have great water pressure and nice natural soap/shampoo amenities. Aidy, Jess, Paolo and the rest of the team constantly invest in improvements in the camp and it just gets better and better. They are longtime members of the local community and highly invested in conservation in the Mfuwe area. The game drives are also top notch, with guides who know where the wildlife is, and the little details about animals that keep you intrigued the whole time.

Leading group safaris for Dazzle Africa, we are so appreciative to have Flatdogs as a place to stay in the Luangwa, as our guests always give it rave reviews. We can't recommend it more highly.

Date of stay: August 2021
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Adrian Coley, Owner at Flatdogs Camp, responded to this reviewResponded 8 October 2021

Dear Mike,
Thanks very much for the great review. We are pleased you liked the new developments and the food was as good as always. Even during these tough times of COVID we have realised that investing in our assets is key (not least our fantastic staff who we have kept on salary for the whole time, making sure we still offer great service to guests whilst making sure they are all looked after ).
We want to make sure we are in the best position possible to give guests the experience of a lifetime when people can start travelling again. I think this year we have had more elephants in camp than people. Which is fantastic, but doesnt pay the bills!!! So to see reviews like this from guests who have travelled internationally, despite some of the inconveniences, really helps to give confidence to people who are still deciding whether to travel or not.
Thanks to you and to Dazzle Africa for supporting us, and for the great work you do in communities and conservation as well. We hope to see you again soon
All the best
Ade

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Reviewed 17 September 2021

Simply the best safari camp we stayed in whether in either Zambia or Kenya!! The managers, Jessie and Ade are the ultimate hosts....kind, friendly, witty, funny, and providing the best African experience you can possibly imagine. They have elephants, impala, pukus, and many more animals that frequently roam through the camp as well as many hippos in the Luangwa river that the camp borders. The food menu is as gourmet as the finest restaurant, with a myriad of choices, all delicious! Their culinary expertise has developed such a reputation that guests at other camps even come to dine here. Our game guide/driver, Yotam, was and is, unequivocally, the best guide in the area. He is an encyclopedia of knowledge of everything in the park...plants, birds, animals, and where to find them. We saw everything possible: leopard, wild dogs, lions, hippos, elephants, giraffe, buffalo, and on and on. Fantastic experience!! The tents were glamping at its best. This is the place to come, bar none, if you go anywhere in Africa. Thanks to all the staff and we hope to see you again soon, Jess and Ade!!! You made our honeymoon better than we could have imagined! All our best to you.....Larry & Patti

Room tip: We stayed in one of the tents facing the river and loved it!
Date of stay: September 2021
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Adrian Coley, Owner at Flatdogs Camp, responded to this reviewResponded 23 September 2021

Dear Larry & Patti,
It was really great to meet you after years of Jess & you planning your trip. Well done for getting yourselves to Zambia during these difficult times. It shows that actually it is fairly easy and once you are here the outside living and space we have here (along with the almost non existent COVID) means it is one of the safest vacations you could possibly take. Not to mention the MOST AMAZING!
We love that you had such a fantastic time with us and not only had an incredible wildlife experience (we were pretty jealous every time you came back from safari with your new tales!) but that the food, people and the general atmosphere in camp left you wanting to come back again.
Thank you for the glowing review and for telling everyone this is the place to come. We hope everyone takes your advice! We wish you all the best in married life and thank you for choosing to spend your honeymoon with us here.
All the best
Ade and Jess

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Reviewed 13 September 2021

Flatdogs in a unique place that offers different amenities that other camps do not and they do so at a price point that is less than some of the higher end luxury camps. They have an al a cart menu at their restaurant that offers a variety of foods meeting every dietary restriction. They have a wonderful pool down by the river that is a great spot to hang in the afternoon in between game drives. Of course the wildlife is fantastic and our guide Geoffrey was superb. But perhaps our favorite part of our visit were the people. Adrian and Jess, along with Paolo, are wonderful hosts who make a huge effort to connect with the guests. We had great conversations with them about local conservation efforts and the future of the country under the new presidency. I highly recommend you add Flatdogs to your itinerary when planning your visit to South Luangwa. They offer a different kind of experience that you won't find at our other camps and the price is right.

Date of stay: August 2021
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Jessica Salmon, Owner at Flatdogs Camp, responded to this reviewResponded 15 September 2021

Thank you so much for sharing this with everyone, we are delighted that you loved the camp and that our style of doing things suited you so well! Geoffrey is an incredible guide who loves sharing his encyclopedic knowledge with our guests! We really hope we might see you back here again one day!

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Reviewed 9 September 2021 via mobile

I have visited South Luangwa National Park in September 2021, and I'm so happy and lucky that I have chosen Flatdogs Camp.

The staff are so friendly, the food is very very delicious, you will enjoy every meal, and they have a variety of dishes and cuisones. The lodge itself is very beautiful, comfortable, very clean, big and you will find all what you need for example safe box, sanitizers, repellent, coffee etc...

The owners of the lodge Edd, Jessy and Paolo are amazing, they were always around to make sure that we are feeling very good and to fulfil all our needs, they were taking care of us all the time.

The guides are very knowledgeable, skilled and well trained.

The very good thing and it is a huge advantage for the guests, that the Lodge is so close to the national park, only 5 minutes and you are there, you will not waste time by going and coming back from the NP.

When it comes to the corona measures, you will feel 100% safe, sanitizers are everywhere, all the crew at the lodge are wearing masks and already got vaccinated, and the place is so clean.

I'm very very happy and satisfied, I recommend everyone who wants to visit South Luangwa National Park to come here, you will have a PERFECT experience and you will forget definitely the hard times with corona virus which we all went through last year.

Edd, jessy and Paolo, thank you from the bottom of my heart for this amazing experience and to let me enjoy every minute in your camp.

Date of stay: September 2021
Trip type: Travelled solo
Thank Sataqui
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Adrian Coley, Owner at Flatdogs Camp, responded to this reviewResponded 11 September 2021

Hi Selah,
You have said it all!!! Thank you. I am very pleased that you can come here and forget the difficult times we have all been through and that you feel safe when you are here and the (vaccinated) team looked after you so well.
We have spent the last year putting in place protocols and training for our amazing team, ensuring that when guests do arrive they realise we are taking this seriously.
Our staff have been incredible during this pandemic, understanding that their future lies with ours in tourism, and that the sacrifices we are making now will be worth it when things get back to normal.
Having travellers like you making the effort to get to Zambia and the South Luangwa makes us all very happy as we see the light at the end of the tunnel
We have managed to keep 64 staff on contract throughout this whole period, with flexibility being shown by both us as owners and them in the rest of the team. And it has made that team stronger.
So we hope your message sends signals to other would be travellers that it is safe, and that they will have a fantastic time when they get here.
Thanks again and it was a great pleasure to meet you as well. Enjoy the rest of your trip around Zambia and our neighbours and stay safe!!!!

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Reviewed 1 September 2021

We had a great three day stay with Flatdogs in August 2021. The team picked us from the airport. The Chalet was very comfortable. The food was excellent, there was a wide variety and flexibility. The Flatdogs team were very accommodating of our 2 year old toddler. We had some excellent game drives in the mornings and evenings and saw a great variety of animals. I'd strongly recommend Flatdogs and I hope to return again with some visitors to Zambia.

Date of stay: August 2021
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Adrian Coley, Owner at Flatdogs Camp, responded to this reviewResponded 11 September 2021

Hi Michael, Thank you very much for coming to stay and even more for putting your great review up. Our flexibility on food, accommodation and safaris is one of many things that sets us apart from others. The a la carte menu is unique and guests love being able to choose what to eat and when. it is great to hear you thought the food was excellent.
Having a large site with different types of accommodation allows us to look after all sorts of guests and it was great to be able to send your family on safaris on your own, to suit your needs with your little one. And, yes, the animals are the star of the show!
We look forward to seeing you and Andrea again when you family come to visit.
Thanks again for the lovely review

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