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Flatdogs Safari Camp

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A flatdog is slang for a crocodile, and there are lots of them, and lots of hippos too, in the muddy Luanda river. This is popular safari country, and when you do a game drive here it is reminiscent of Oxford Street just before Christmas, with big double decker safari jeeps instead of red buses. They are everywhere, packed to the gunnels with photo flashing punters, and obliging leopards are happy to use the vehicles for cover as they stalk their prey. An open air zoo it may be, but one thing is certain: nowhere in Africa have I seen so much game. There were elephants and hippos wandering around the compound like overfed campers, and one had to pinch oneself to remember they are completely free to come and go. I read that in another camp down river, a pride of lions had moved in. Disney, eat your heart out, but one is constantly reminded that this is not Hollywood, they represent a real danger to visitors.

There are safari camps up and down the Luanda river, and I imagine that Flatdogs is pretty representative and probably better value than some. If this fail-safe safari experience is what you might like then I think you would be unlikely to do better. The staff, mostly young Europeans, were very helpful and constant in reminding their guests of the danger. The African guides were excellent, and knew their jobs, the food was reasonable and the price was right.

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Written by  Mike Leonard.

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Mike Leonard remembers things differently to how they are. Where on earth does he get double decker safari vehicles from? Most vehicles in the park have about 6 people on. Yes there are a few of them around but he exaggerates hugely.

Also Luanda is the capital of Angola. The South Luangwa National Park lies on the banks of the LUANGWA river.

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