Overview

For wildlife, and wildlife-lovers, it does not get any better than Zambia’s South Luangwa National Park. With its verdant floodplains rustling with huge herds of game, mopane woodlands and indigenous hardwood forests filled with over 400 species of birds, and a mighty river that attracts thirsty animals like a magnet, it is one of Africa’s truly great wildlife sanctuaries.

Over 60 different species of mammal call the South Luangwa National Park their home, drawn by the diverse range of habitats from sandy seasonal river courses to the mineral-rich alluvial floodplains that stretch out to distant blue hills. Predators such as lion, leopard, and wild dog stalk the smaller game, whilst primates such as yellow baboons and vervet monkeys swing through the trees. The Park is well-known for its huge herds of elephant and buffalo, along with its large population of leopard. The Luangwa Valley has one of the highest concentrations of hippos in Africa, estimated to be at least 50 per kilometre of river. The Luangwa Valley also boasts two endemic species: Thornicroft’s Giraffe and Cookson’s Wildebeest. Crawshay’s Zebra, with its unique evenly spaced stripes, is also a local resident.

Walking safaris were pioneered in the South Luangwa National Park and are still one of the best ways of experiencing the African wilderness. There are many Bush Camps in the Park, and it is possible to walk between them, accompanied by an armed ranger

6 Nights 7 Days Available
Inclusions/Exclusions

What is included in the tour

  • Accommodation as listed for the number of nights listed in each option.
  • All meals, local beverages, park fees and twice daily game activities (Walks or drives)
  • Return Flights from Lusaka to Mfuwe and Road Transfer to and from Camps

What is NOT included in the tour

  • All Optional and premium beverages & additional Refreshments
  • Additional nights not mentioned or optional overnight/stays in Lusaka on arrival or departure
  • Road Transfer other than to and from camp (i.e. in and around Lusaka)
  • All Additional Flights not mentioned
  • Visas (If applicable)
  • Optional/Suggested Activities
  • Personal items, tipping, personal refreshments and extras
Itinerary

Flatdogs Camp

Along the Luangwa river in Zambia and among the elephants, you will find Flatdogs Camp. Located right outside the Mfuwe main gate of the remote South Luangwa National Park, Flatdogs is the closest camp to this gate, providing easy access and amazing tours of this 900,000ha park.

The camp has highly-qualified South Luangwa guides to take guests on morning and night drives as well as walking safaris between June and October.

Flatdogs is unique in many ways, one of which is definitely the restaurant. There are no set meals or mealtimes here - guests can order what they’d like to eat, when they’d like to eat it. Guests are welcome to sit inside under the thatch, at tables in the courtyard or in the garden area looking out towards the river. This is an unusual and unique way of enjoying a safari as many lodges have set safari programmes. Enjoy drinks at the bar, delicious food at the a la carte restaurant, relax at the pool or adventure around South Luangwa National Park on game drives or optional bush walks.

For most of the year, depending on the weather, walking safaris are on offer. 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 

commonly taken in the morning when it is cooler. There is an option to combine the two activities into a 2-hour safari walk with a 2-hour game drive.

There are a variety of accommodation options. For your stay, we would recommend one of the Luxury/Standard En-Suite Tents or one of the Regular Chalet Rooms. Below is the cost for the various room types which would suite your stay:

Standard Tents:

Standard Tents allow you to go “back to basics”; with only 3 standard tents available. Standard tents are equipped with a king or twin bed, semi open en-suite bathroom with shower only and are much smaller in size to the Luxury Tents.

Standard Tents are located along the riverbed.

Luxury Tents:

Luxury Tents are larger than the Standard tents and offer a more spacious size including the basics included with the Standard Tent but an additional area allowing your own tea and coffee making facilities. As with Standard Tents, a king or twin bed and semi open en-suite bathroom with shower only can be found.

Luxury Tents are located along the riverbed and one honeymoon tent is located overlooking the waterhole.

Chalet Rooms:

Chalet rooms are made of stone and are designed to keep you cool. The six regular Chalet rooms are found in three separate buildings: each chalet building has a downstairs double room with en-suite bathroom and an upstairs twin/triple room with their own bathroom, just downstairs from the bedroom. The two rooms in each building are completely separate with their own facilities but can be joined through the small kitchen area if a family or group of friends want to book both rooms. Both rooms have their own downstairs gauzed-in veranda sitting area