Chitabe Camp borders the Moremi Game Reserve and the area is a fascinating combination of open floodplains, wooded islands and perennial Delta – which hosts a wide variety of wildlife. Chitabe Camp has been operational since 1997 and has developed an outstanding reputation for loyal, dedicated staff and superb guiding. Chitabe is strictly a land based camp and renowned for its wild dog population.
Chitabe Camp is accessed by a wooden walkway which leads to the main lounge area. This is large and thatched, and beautifully designed. The cleverly designed bar, hewn from a single trunk of a sausage tree, is fully stocked with a wide variety of drinks. In the centre of the main area, there are large steps leading down to a round boma with a fire pit in the centre. The small library boasts comfortable and stylish sofas and a great view over the plains. The swimming pool has a good view over the plain in front of camp. Surrounded by sun loungers and naturally shaded by the enormous trees above, this is a great place to cool off in the heat of the day. The dining room is a large thatched open-sided room, with views over the surrounding plains. Brunches and dinners are served here. A secluded hide in front of the camp offers guests a relaxing spot to view the wildlife. Chitabe also has a small curio shop selling traditional Okavango crafts and baskets made by the local staff. Chitabe Camp has 220v generator powered electricity.
Chitabe Camp has eight traditional but stylish “meru” style tented rooms. All rooms are built on raised wooden decks and linked by walkways to the main areas. The en suite bathrooms have additional outdoor showers and each room has a private viewing deck overlooking the floodplains. There are ceiling fans, mosquito nets and safes in each room.
The Chitabe concession supports a varied range of animals and birds. Buffalo, elephant, leopard, lion and periodic sightings of wild dog are highlights here. The wild dogs in the area have been recorded by the camps’ owners in their excellent coffee-table book on wild dogs, Running Wild. Chitabe Camp lies within the Botswana Wild Dog Research Project’s research area, which has up to 160 dogs in packs of 10 to 12, so guests are almost certain to see these fascinating animals. Game activities concentrate on 4WD game drives both day and night. Walking safaris led by experienced guides are offered from Chitabe Camp. The walking experience allows guests to really feel, smell and touch Africa. Chitabe has two elevated hides located in the reserve, one of which is within walking distance from the camp. Guests can experience a “sleep out” under the stars without compromising on comfort and safety. The hides accommodate guests on elevated platforms with each person sleeping in the hide under a mosquito net, with a brilliant view of the spectacular African night sky.