Flatdogs Camp is located on the Luangwa River which is over 800 km’s long (500 miles) and flows into the Zambezi River. The river is home to large populations of hippopotami and crocodiles and has the world’s largest concentration of hippo’s living in the Luangwa Valley. The camp name “Flatdogs” comes from an old Southern African nick name for a crocodile. The word crocodile comes from Ancient Greek being a lizard of the Nile River which lies around on the bank of the river. Over 55 million years ago they separated from other crocodilians during the Eocene epoch!
South Luangwa National Park was declared a National Park in 1971 there are 60 different animal species and over 400 different bird species including 39 birds of prey and 47 migrant species.
The camp is filled year round with endless birds, lizards, antelopes, monkeys, baboons , hippos and the biggest animal of course is the stunning Elephant. For 1000’s of years the elephants have been walking the routes their ancestors made and feel very at home in camp.
They cross the river from the park in the camp on a daily basis (well almost) and we find them in camp enjoying our vegetation, they sleep, they bath and they roll around in our mud pools.
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Jamie was checking tent 11 and came across this very cute baby chasing it’s MUM.