Our Philosophy

After a fair few years (27) in tourism in the Luangwa, we know that we need to look after the hospitality needs of several different types of traveller. We are also keen to do more than just “our bit” for the communities we work with. In the last twenty years we have built up a loyal following of international guests who feel that our accommodation and way of doing things (not to mention the price), suits them just as well if not better than the high end ‘luxury’ lodges. We have tried to create a warm and friendly atmosphere in camp, our staff get to know all the guests while they are here, it’s a place where both friends can be made and safari dreams come true! We would rather invest in having the best safari guides who fully appreciate this wildlife haven and the whole ecology of the Park, than provide gold taps!

We're all visitors here

We also understand that we’re all really ‘visitors’ here, so our camp is kept as natural as possible. As a result, large numbers of game find themselves quite at home wandering through the Flatdogs territory! Birdlife is prolific in our riparian woodland habitat – there’s nothing quite like being woken up in your canvas tent by the dawn chorus… The riverfront itself has not been developed in an effort to minimise any disturbance to the ecology, but visitors remain free to sit quietly under shady trees along the riverbank and watch the game go peaceably by.

Our Safaris

Safari activities are taken in the same game-viewing areas as other lodges in the Luangwa, and although we are not actually inside the park itself we are as close as it’s possible to be to it! We have decided that we would prefer more people to be able to experience the magic of the Luangwa Valley, so we try to keep prices down and therefore attract a better class of person to enjoy our Safaris!

We have made Flatdogs the most ‘family friendly’ camp in the Luangwa. This means we have a pool, plenty of space for children and a children’s menu in the restaurant at children’s chow times. Children are not merely tolerated at Flatdogs….. we actually like having them! A nanny/watchman service is also available for when it’s grown ups’ playtime.

At Flatdogs we aim to offer a little piece of the true Africa with a few of the more useful inventions of the modern world! But don’t panic – we are blessed with lots of room so if you prefer to listen to the sounds of the wild, you can. Flatdogs is all about the freedom of choice!