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Flatdogs camp is the closest camp to the Mfuwe main gate, which provides access to the South Luangwa National Park. They conducts professionally-guided game viewing activities in the National Park, including morning and night drives and walking safaris from May until the end of October. Each drive or walk is accompanied by a fully-qualified guide, to make your safari as enjoyable and full of information on the wildlife you see as possible.
Flatdogs camp is situated on the Luangwa River, in the southern Mfuwe area of the national park; an area where the wildlife has been protected for so many years that they almost entirely ignore safari vehicles, so regularly present incredible photographic opportunities. Though you will come across other vehicles during your safaris, the resident predators in this area, along with the high number of herbivores species found throughout this part of the park, lead to some exciting sightings to start off your safari.
Accommodation at Flatdogs will be in luxury en-suite safari tents, right on the river bank looking out onto the hippo pods, crocodiles, and myriad bird life. The tents have that wonderful authentic Africa-under-canvas feel but with a couple of modern touches. All tents are mosquito-proofed, have electric lights, charging points and fans, as well as an open air bathroom with hot shower, WC, and basin.
Each camp accommodates a maximum of six people in chalets with en-suite facilities. The en-suites have flush toilets, showers with hot water provided on demand and running cold water throughout the day. Full support is provided with an experienced walking guide, armed scout, and chef as well as general camp staff.
At Chikoko Tree camp, the three chalets are built three meters above ground, providing a wonderful vantage point to observe the surrounding area. Game viewing is excellent both from the comfort of the camp and whilst out on your daily walks. Crocodile River camp is nestled beneath massive ebony trees along an old riverbank with panoramic views across a dry ox-bow lagoon. Both camps are constructed entirely from natural materials and are re-built each season.
Kindly be informed that accommodation is normally on a shared basis, but for those who want to book a private room, there is this possibility by paying a private room supplement.
From Flatdogs, you will head out at 06:00 each morning, after a light breakfast, for a four hour safari, taking with you tea, coffee, and biscuits for a mid-morning break to stretch your legs. You will return to camp just after 10.00, in time for either a big cooked breakfast or a brunch type lunch, whichever you prefer.
Guests can either relax during the heat of the day or spend a couple of hours visiting other places in the Mfuwe area - a local school, or rural health clinic, the nearby anti-poaching base or a wildlife education center, which aims to teach local children all about conservation of both habitat and animals. Then, you will meet for tea in the afternoon at around 15:30, before heading into the park again, catching the best of the afternoon light.
You stop at a scenic spot on the river or a lagoon to watch the beautiful African sunset and for night to fall before continuing on with a spotlight, looking for some of local predators. Lion, leopard, hyena, fishing owl, honey badger, and genet are some of the nocturnal species regularly seen. You will return to camp as the park closes at 20:00, in time for dinner and to show off your photos at the bar!
Transferring from Flatdogs, you will be met at your designated meeting place by a Remote Africa guide and national park scout. From there, you will continue your morning activity on foot to camp. Porters will carry your luggage directly to camp; all you have to carry is a camera, binoculars, and sunscreen. Remote Africa Safari’s guides are some of the most experienced in the Luangwa and your walking camps, though simple, are among the best in the valley.
Chikoko Tree camp and Crocodile River camp are ideal for those keen to get away from the restrictions and inactivity of game drives and to get lost in the idyll of Africa in a unique bush experience. The minutiae of the bush comes to the fore; the smells, the essence of the macro world; the sense of timelessness.
The daily routine is a longer walk in the morning, starting early to avoid the heat of the day and lasting approximately four hours. The ground is flat though sometimes uneven. Walks are conducted at a leisurely pace as the guide will stop and talk about points of interest as you go. It's recommended to wear comfortable, lightweight walking shoes or boots.
Ample drinking water is provided and there is also a mid-way stop for tea or coffee brewed over an open fire while you sit back and enjoy the surrounds. Guests return to camp mid-morning with time for relaxing, lunch, and a siesta followed by another shorter afternoon walk arriving back at camp by dusk. From August on-wards these walks start out earlier in the morning to avoid the mid-day heat.
It is usual to enjoy good sightings of buffalo, elephant, zebra, as well as Cookson’s wildebeest and Thornicroft giraffe (both unique to this area), and even lion and leopard. Kudu and roan antelope are frequently sighted later in the dry season and huge herds of buffalo are abundant in these parts. With its undisturbed natural vegetation, as you might expect from Zambia, a huge number of different species of birds add to the game viewing enjoyment for all.
At the end of your stay, leaving the Chikoko Trails with memories to last a lifetime, your departure will be coordinated with your individual itinerary and any onward connections.
After passing his guiding exam in 2010, Geoffrey has quickly risen through the ranks achieving his qualification as a walking guide only the following year. Taking advantage of the time he spends in the national park, he loves to observe animals’ behavior and interactions, and is known to conduct his drives with great enthusiasm and a fresh eye. To put it in his own words, “there is never a chance to get bored in the bush”. Always keen to encourage interest in any wildlife in all his guests, his ambition for the long term is to write a book about the mammals of the South Luangwa one day.
Malama started his career in a different department (barman and then bar manager), showing determination to progress every year, and he’s now one of Flatdogs most experienced and well loved guides. His extensive knowledge of the national park and of wildlife in general is accompanied by excellent interpersonal skills, which allow him to focus on the guests different interests whether they are particularly keen on birds, larger, and smaller mammals, flowers, or vegetation.
Yotam’s been guiding at Flatdogs since 2006 and has built up a fantastic knowledge of the bush around him. Just as comfortable with tracks and spoor as mammal behavior and birds, he loves being on safari and finds plenty of interesting sightings whatever the time of year. Before becoming a guide, he worked in Flatdogs’ kitchen and restaurant, and gained a diploma in Hotel Operations and Management via a UK-based distance learning program.
Byron developed an interest in wildlife while driving guests through the park on airport runs, so he decided to become a spotter on the night drives. His interest grew and in 2012 sat his guiding exam and passed. In 2013 he joined Flat Dogs and is always keen to expand his knowledge of the wildlife of the Luangwa and football, his other great love!
Kennedy is new in Flatdogs this year but has been guiding since 2003 and passed his walking exam in 2006. He loves the Luangwa and especially likes to be on the ground guiding walking safaris getting down with the small stuff! Kennedy took an early interest in wildlife and has been a member of the the Wildlife Conservation Society of Zambia since secondary school and so was destined to become a guide.
Bwalya is Flatdogs other newest addition to the guiding team. He passed his guiding exam in 2010 and qualified as a walking guide in 2012. He is particularly interested in using the sounds of the bush to locate the predators and loves those little lion cubs when he finds them. One day he would like to travel to the Arctic and watch polar bears.
The South Luangwa National Park is one of the last great wildlife wonders of the world. It consists of 9,000 square kilometers (3,475 square miles) of pristine wilderness in Zambia’s eastern province. The South Luangwa has been visited by wildlife enthusiasts from all over the world since its creation as a national park in 1972. The Luangwa offers a safari experience unmatched by any other destination, allowing year round access, open game viewing vehicles, walking safaris, and night game drives.
During the safari tour, you have included in the price six breakfasts, six lunches, and six dinners.
Please book your flight to Kenneth Kaunda International Airport (LUN) in Lusaka. From Lusaka you'll take flight to Mfuwe Airport (MFU).
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