Chitabe Concession

An exclusive wilderness area of 28 000 hectares

About

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.

Animals

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.

Birds

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.

Camps in the Chitabe Concession

Chitabe Camp

Chitabe Camp

Chitabe Concession, Okavango Delta

Chitabe Camp borders the Moremi Game Reserve. This area combines fascinating open floodplains with wooded islands and perennial Delta and is host to a wide variety of wildlife. The area is particularly known for excellent African wild dog sightings

Chitabe Camp
Chitabe Lediba

Chitabe Lediba

Chitabe Concession, Okavango Delta

Chitabe Lediba is a smaller version of the main Chitabe Camp. Chitabe Lediba is built a few hundred metres from the main camp, on the other side of the same island.

Chitabe Lediba
Sandibe Okavango Safari Lodge

Sandibe Okavango Safari Lodge

Chitabe Concession, Okavango Delta

Consisting of twelve luxurious guest cottages, &Beyond’s Sandibe Okavango Safari Lodge is set along ancient game paths where the gentle majesty of elephants have often tread. Beneath a cool forest canopy of wild palms and gnarled fig trees.

Sandibe Okavango Safari Lodge