Flatdogs Camp - Rates from USD 35

The Camp
The Jackalberry Treehouse is the most special accommodation here at Flatdogs - your own private eeryie looking over an unspoilt African plain.   There are two ensuite bedrooms at the Treehouse, but honeymooners and couples can book the Treehouse privately and keep it all to themselves!  The Treehouse is very open - there are no walls at the front of the house, so it might not be ideal for a first time visitor to Africa, or for families with smaller children. 

The chalet rooms are slightly more secure/comfortable as they are made of stone and have thatched roofs and are larger than the tents.  The chalets are probably cooler than the tents in the hotter months.  They also have gauzed verandahs where you can sit in the evenings and not be hassled by insects which can be plentiful once the first rains fall. 

Luxury Safari Tents and Standard Safari Tents
The safari tents have that authentic Africa-under-canvas feel, the tents are large and more like rooms than tents, but you can still hear the animals and birds around you and monkeys might watch while you are having a shower!  The main difference between the Standard ensuite safari tents and the Luxury ensuite safari tents is that all six of the Luxury tents are right on the river bank with views of the Luangwa, whereas most of the Standard tents have bush settings and views.  The two Standard tents which are on the river bank are the two tents closest to the bar and restaurant area.  The Luxury tents are also larger than the Standard tents and have mosquito nets as well as gauzed windows, since there is a wooden door into the bathroom rather than another mosquito gauze door.  They have a canvas roof over the bathroom for shade whereas the standard tents have fully open air bathrooms.  Both types of tents have full beds with all bedding and towels provided, electric lights, fans and plug sockets, ensuite shower, WC and basin and a small stone verandah with safari chairs to sit and enjoy the view. 
Breakfast - Game Drive - Tea time - Sunset - Night Safari - Dinner
Each day is going to be different - in what you see, hear and smell, but our basic safari routine is to meet at 15h30 each afternoon in the courtyard for some tea and a cake or snack, then head out from camp with your safari guide at 16h00, exploring the park before stopping in a good spot to watch the sun set with a cold drink in hand.   Then, once it’s dark, the spotter turns on his spotlight and you can carry on game-viewing, searching for some of our interesting nocturnal residents, like the leopard, lion, porcupine, civet, genet, owls and hyaena.  You will return to camp just after 20h00 when the Park closes in time for some dinner.  You can either pre-order your preferred meal, or chose what you would like to eat when you return.  Once you are ready to turn in, a watchman will escort you back to your room or tent and you can fall asleep listening to elephant and hippo feeding outside or the hippos grunting in the river and the eternally African cry of the fish eagles as they call to each other across the water...
In the mornings, we provide toast and cereal in the restaurat from 05h30, then you will head out again with your guide at 06h00 on either a game drive or a walking safari, whichever you have organised with us.  You will return to camp at around 10h00, in time for breakfast or a brunch/lunch before a siesta in the afternoon by the pool perhaps?  Or time to write your journal or diary.

Community Projects
We are also happy to organise other visits in the local area, particularly to the projects we support through the Luangwa Conservation and Community Fund, but also Kawaza Village visits, visits to the Chipembele Wildlife Education Centre and to the Tribal Textiles workshop.  There is also a day spa nearby if guests would like to pamper themselves with a massage or beauty treatment between drives?

Campsite  -   No camping between July 1st and Oct 31st.
We have two main camping areas, both set a little way back from the riverbank so there is minimum disturbance to wildlife. Larger groups head to the right and independent campers to the left, so everyone has plenty of space. We have four very popular tree platforms, available on a 'first come, first served' basis only. Ground level sites have good shade, stone fireplaces for barbecuing, washing up sinks with borehole (drinking) water, an electric light and mains electricity (220V, 3 pin square sockets).
We have a no music policy in both our campsites - it's not because we're old - it's because we prefer the sounds of the bush!

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Price Range and Payments PRICE RANGE 35 USD - 70 USD Only Rooms

CHALET ( Room only )
Adult 50 USD - 70 USD
Single Supplement 15 USD - 25 USD
Child 25 USD - 35 USD

CHALET ( All inclusive )
Adult 205 USD - 260 USD
Single Supplement 65 USD - 75 USD
Child 110 USD - 130 USD

Adult 40 USD - 55 USD
Single Supplement 15 USD - 20 USD
Child 20 USD - 28 USD

LUXURY SAFARI TENT ( All inclusive )
Adult 190 USD - 250 USD
Single Supplement 60 USD - 70 USD
Child 100 USD - 125 USD

Adult 35 USD - 40 USD
Single Supplement 10 USD - 15 USD
Child 18 USD - 20 USD

STANDARD SAFARI TENT ( All inclusive )
Adult 185 USD - 230 USD
Single Supplement 60 USD - 65 USD
Child 95 USD - 115 USD

CAMPING ( Room only )
Adult 8 USD
Child 4 USD

CAMPING ( All inclusive )
Adult 155 USD
Child 80 USD

Each Enquiry will be responded to with an offer or a decline message. An offer which has been accepted by the traveler will be printable, together with the payment instruction. Please, make sure a booking confirmation is always received after payments are fully made.
How to get to us. S 013 06 122
E 031 46 660


Proflight Zambia have daily flights between Lusaka and Mfuwe & Livingstone and Mfuwe during peak season.

LUN – MFU $155-250 pp
LVI – MFU $298-400 pp
LVI – LUN $143-230 pp

Their website is, alternatively we are more than happy to book your flights for you and add the cost to your account with us. During the "green season" (before May and after October) there are slightly fewer flights but these aim to connect with incoming BA, SAA and KQ flights from London, Jo'burg and Nairobi respectively.

Please contact Jess ( for up to date information on schedules, availability, last minute specials and to make your flight bookings.

Nyassa Air Taxis provide a seat in Charter rate for flights between Lilongwe and Mfuwe for $320 pp for a min 2 passengers


Not included in these ticket costs are domestic and international airport departure taxes. On domestic flights, tax is $8 per person payable in US dollars or Zambian kwacha. On international flights out of Lusaka, departure tax is $25 per person, payable in US dollars cash only. Out of Lilongwe on an international flight, departure tax is $30 per person, payable in US dollars cash only.


By road Lusaka to Chipata – 6-7 hours, Chipata to here 3-3.5 hrs. Please do not drive at night in Zambia, it is very unsafe due to the high proportion of vehicles and bicycles with no lights, aimless unfenced animals and drunks sleeping it off on the warm tarmac!


Flatdogs Camp is the closest camp to the Mfuwe Main Gate. Our access road starts just before the park gate and we are five minutes drive from there - please drive very slowly into and out of the camp - animals have the right of way!!!

From Lusaka, take the Great East Road to Chipata. You can get fuel in Petauke and Chipata on the way. Best to fill up before you head here, as fuel here in Mfuwe is much more expensive due to the monopoly BP has here.

The directions here are:

Exit Chipata on the Great East Road heading West (back to Lusaka). Turn right 50m after Independence Arch (to Mfuwe).
Continue on the tarmac for +/- 8kms until road turns to dirt.
Follow the dirt for further +/- 60kms. There is one stretch of tar over the escarpment. Take the sharp left corner at signs for Mfuwe. There are a couple of blind sharp corners on this road, so take it easy where you can't see what's ahead of you as some of the NGO vehicles and cotton trucks take the road at about 100km/hr! (You'll see what we mean)

Proceed through Jumbe, past Kamoto Hospital, over a small bridge and over a second stretch of tarmac at Mpata Hill.

A further 15-20kms will bring you to a T-junction with a tarmac road with lots of signs and a Zesco sub-station. Turn right. (Not far now, only around 25 mins on a fairly good road)

Proceed on tarmac for +/- 25kms and you will pass a BP fuel station on the left. You will pass a sign for Flatdogs and then our entrance ramp is around a kilometer further on, on your LEFT. Please engage a low gear and drive down the ramp very slowly, then follow the road for another +/- 750m and you will arrive at Reception.
Lusaka to Chipata will take around 7-8 hours depending on how fast you drive - there are a couple of bad patches after Petauke before you get to Chipata where they are working on the road but have not yet filled all the holes, some of which are enormous.

From Chipata to here will take you around 3 hours. You must take it very slowly or risk broken springs, broken radiator mountings and loose fillings!

If you are coming to Flatdogs via public transport, please email us ( for the latest information.
Recommendations The Luangwa is a malarial area, so please ask your Doctor for appropriate anti-malarial treatments before you travel. Also recommended are Hepatitis A, tetanus, polio and typhoid vaccinations.
We recommend that you bring a hat, sunglasses, high SPF suncream, mosquito repellant, binoculars, camera, any medicines you need including anti-malarial prophylaxis, all favourite toiletries as there's not much available here, comfortable walking boots or trainers, swimming costume, shorts, T shirts (cotton if possible in non bright colours - greens and browns are best (royal blues, black and white are the worst for attracting attention both from tsetse flies and from animals!) and maybe a pair of long trousers/jeans for the evenings. In winter months (June-August), please also bring a warm wool jumper, socks, even gloves and a wool hat if you feel the cold as it will be getting cool in the evenings and early mornings in July. We provide blankets on the game viewing vehicles, but it's a good idea to carry layers of clothes with you that you can add on or take off as the sun sets/rises!
High / Low Seasons Here in the Luangwa, we have two distinct seasons - what is known as the dry season from around April to the end of October and then our rainy/green season from the middle November until around the end of March. Flatdogs is closed each year from the 15th January until the 15th March.

The rains here don't usually start in force until the middle/end of November, even up until around the middle of December, depending on the year. We often have a storm or two before this time, but this water gets rapidly soaked up into the cracked and dry ground and even a couple of hours after the first storms, it's as if they never happened!

As the rains fall, the grass shoots up and grows and vegetation thickens which starts to limit visibility and also the dry seaon roads become impassible as many of our soils here are clay. Seasonal lagoons start to fill up and seasonal rivers start flowing. Game drives are then limited to the all weather roads.

All the game here is resident in this area, there is no migration in the Luangwa, however, once the lagoons and dambos inside the park have filled with water, then the game has no need of concentrating in large numbers along the river, so the animals spread out to take advantage of all the new browsing and grazing throughout the park. You will not find large herds of elephant or buffalo once the rains have started like you do towards the end of the dry season when the only water is found in the river and a very few permanent lagoons.

In November/December/January there are wonderful sightings to be seen though - all the impala calves, who are born together in the beginning of November, are having to dodge lion and leopard who are keen to take advantage of the lack of experience of youth! We are also lucky to have large numbers of migrant bird species which head here to the Luangwa to breed each summer, so there is some fantastic plummage on show as well as beautiful songs being sung and intricate nests being carefully created to try and attract a mate for the season. It is also the time that many mammalian species choose to have their young so that they can take advantage of the new grass and leaves for the first few months of their lives.

The park then dries each season once the rains stop falling, the vegetation dies back, the grass shrinks, the migrant bird species fly off to the European spring and the game starts to concentrate in the riverine areas.

From the middle of May until the middle of August are what are known as our winter months. Here in the Luangwa we have bright, clear, sunny days with temperatures reaching an average of 25-30 degrees during the day, but falling at night to an average of 10-15 degrees, so it feels pretty cold at night, particularly when on game drives in our open vehicles in the early mornings and after dark as the wind chill factor makes it feel even colder. These dry winter months are ideal for all day drives, exploring further into the park and game-viewing all day (with hats and suncream of course!).
From August onwards, the park is pretty dry, the seasonal lagoons are empty and most animals are concentrating along the Luangwa river so they can drink each day. Visibility is excellent. The park starts to get dusty and temperatures start to rise again. By October, temperatures are reaching around 40-42 degrees during the middle of the day and only fall to around 20-25 degrees at night. Animals find shade during the heat of the day or loll around sleeping and many animals are only active early in the mornings and in the late afternoons.
Facilities Available Baby sitter available on request. Bar Service is available. Camping Site can be booked. Disable have access. E-mails can be Accessed. Extra Bed can be organized on request. Families are welcome. Game Drive can be booked. International Calls can be made. Laundry Service is available on request. Master Card is accepted. Mobil Works Mosquito Net is available. Safe Box for valuables is available. Secure Parking is available. Swimming pool is available. VISA Card is acceptable.
Public Services Nearby Car Rental can be booked. Foreign Exchange service is available. Hospital or Clinic is available. Local or Private Airstrip is available. Mobil Works Petrol or Diesel is available on request. Pharmacy is available. Post Office service is available. Small Aircrafts can be booked. Taxi can be booked.
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Jess, Ade & Paolo and our fantastic Zambian team are ready to welcome you to our home.   We take pride in training people from the local community who often start as casual labourers, then work their way up to be waiters, barmen, managers and eventually hopefully, the creme de la creme of the area's safari guides.  Most of our team have been with us for the last 10 years and between us we have created a happy and efficient working enviroment which can be felt and enjoyed by our guests.

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