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An exclusive wilderness area of 28 000 hectares.
Bordering the Moremi Game Reserve to the north and the east, the Chitabe Concession is bounded by Santantadibe River and Gomoti Channel. Although predominantly flat and comprised of Kalahari sand the area contains a variety of distinct environments due to local differences in both frequency and duration of inundation.
These environments include the grassy floodplains separating the Gomoti Channel from the stunted mopane and acacia woodland in the eastern half to the permanent rivers, lagoons and swamps of the western Santantadibe half of the concession characterised by wooded islands and papyrus beds.
High concentrations of impala make this a good place to see leopard. Other frequently encountered species include buffalo, elephant and lion along with a good population of African wild dog. The concession is home to the Botswana Wild Dog Research Project. General game species include southern giraffe, warthog, Burchell’s zebra, tsessebe, steenbok and blue wildebeest.
With a variety of habitat, the concession is home to an estimated 345 resident and migratory species of bird. These vary throughout the year and are seasonally dependent on water levels. Abundant raptors include African hawk eagle and hooded vulture, often found nesting on islands or observed following packs of African wild dog.
A major breeding area for migratory wattled crane and slaty egret, the concession provides excellent sightings of these species. Congregation waterbirds, such as rufous-bellied heron and African pygmy-goose found in the area along with floodplain specialists including long-toed lapwing and collared pratincole with densities of black coucal grassland areas during the summer.
Important resident bird species include copper-tailed coucal, chirping and Luapula cisticola, secretarybird, southern ground-hornbill, swamp boubou, Hartlaub’s babbler, and Dickinson’s kestrel. Various Palearctic migratory species are found in the concession during the austral summer including red-backed shrike, barn swallow, spotted flycatcher and Eurasian golden oriole.
Qorokwe camp is a striking and contemporary styled luxury camp set in a prime location, on a private concession in the game rich southern reaches of the Okavango Delta. Wildlife is rich and varied here, with particularly good predator sightings. The eight large and comfortable suites each feature private pools and have been designed to maximise the impact of the Delta vistas. Sleek, minimalist water features mirror the water of the lagoon.
Set on a game rich private concession in the south eastern Okavango, Chitabe Lediba is the smaller, family friendly sister camp to Chitabe, ideal for small groups and families. Chitabe Lediba is situated a few hundred metres from the main Chitabe camp, on the other side of the island and benefits from the same fantastic game viewing opportunities as the main Chitabe camp. This area is known for its high concentration of predators, game drives here are some of the most exciting in the Okavango.
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.
Sandibe Okavango Safari Lodge is set along ancient game paths where the gentle majesty of elephants have often tread. This is an extremely productive game viewing area. Twelve luxurious guest cottages lie beneath a cool forest canopy of wild palms and gnarled fig trees. Here exclusive luxury can be enjoyed within an intimately wild setting. The lodge design is striking and utterly unique, the experience luxurious and the game viewing excellent.
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