Chitabe Camp has some of the best game viewing in the Delta. This is no surprise as the Chitabe concession is bordered on three sides by the rich Moremi Game Reserve; thrilling predator sightings are common though the game viewing is interestingly varied. Chitabe is a classic tented camp offering a traditional safari with a strong reputation for excellent guiding.
Chitabe camp has a traditional style, with a thatch, wood and canvas structure. The eight traditional but stylish “meru” style tented rooms of Chitabe Camp are built on raised wooden decks to make the most of the fantastic floodplain vistas and linked to the camp’s main areas by raised walkways. The en suite bathrooms have indoor and outdoor showers and each room has a private viewing deck which overlooks the floodplains. The tents are cooled by ceiling fans and are equipped with mosquito nets and safes.
The camp is accessed by wooden walkways which lead to the main lounge area. The main area is a large thatched structure which has been beautifully designed to complement the natural surroundings. The cleverly designed bar, hewn from a single trunk of a sausage tree, is fully stocked with a wide variety of drinks. At the centre of the main lounge there are large steps leading down to a round boma with a fire pit. The small library boasts comfortable sofas, but most importantly has great views over the fertile plains. Brunches and dinners are served in the dining room which is a large thatched open-sided room, with superb views.
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.
The swimming pool is positioned overlooking the plain in front of camp and is surrounded by sun loungers and naturally shaded by the enormous trees above: it is a great place to cool off in the heat of the day.
The Chitabe Concession supports a varied range of animals and birds. Chitabe Camp’s area is only about 10% permanent water, rising to over 50% during the flood months, so activities are strictly land based. Therefore book Chitabe with a water based camp, perhaps Xigera, Little Vumbura or Kwara, amongst others.
There is nevertheless a lot to see: the private reserve combines fascinating open floodplains with wooded islands and perennial Delta and is host to a wide variety of wildlife. Chitabe is a great area for seeing buffalo, elephant, leopard and lion. In fact, the area is particularly known for its African wild dog sightings. The camp lies within the Botswana Wild Dog Research Project’s research area and guests at Chitabe Camp are almost certain to see these fascinating and rare animals. Game drives from the camp take place both day and night. In addition, walking safaris are available: this activity allows guests to really feel, smell and touch Africa and are led by experienced guides.
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