Walking and Driving Safaris

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.

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.

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.