Chitabe Camp

Refurbished in June 2018, Chitabe Camp has all the classic Okavango Delta scenery to be enjoyed — open floodplains, waterways, marshlands, dry acacia and mopane woodland, riverine areas and open grasslands. In this fascinating mix diverse and prolific wildlife can be seen, from elephant to impala and lion to wild dog. The camp is situated in a private concession area on a beautiful island. In contrast with the areas further north, this area is a fascinating mosaic of mopane and acacia bushveld, riverine forest and the perennial delta hosting diverse wildlife and birds.

Chitabe's eight spacious tents are built on elevated wooden decks amongst the trees. Each tent has twin beds, a private bathroom and an indoor as well as an outdoor shower. The thatched dining area, pub and lounge area are built on raised decks to provide superb views across the floodplain, and a pool allows guests to cool off in the heat of the day.

The multiplicity of habitats by which Chitabe is surrounded means there is an abundance of wildlife to be seen, including elephant, buffalo, lion, leopard, cheetah, giraffe, zebra, tsessebe and impala. Wild dogs are also occasionally sighted. Night drives provide opportunities for guests to see nocturnal mammals such as civet, serval, genet, porcupine and aardwolf. Activities include day and night game drives in open 4x4 vehicles, nature walks and spectacular bird watching. The camp also has two elevated hides located in the reserve, one of which is within walking distance. Guests can experience a "sleep out" under the stars in full comfort and safety.

Activities at Chitabe revolve around day and night game drives and guided nature walks.

Game Drives

Game drives reveal the rich wildlife of the area from predators to prey. Our open 4x4 vehicles accommodate a maximum of seven guests allowing each a ‘window’ seat.

Sunset/Night Drives

Afternoon to evening drives provide opportunities for you to see nocturnal mammals such as civet, genet and bushbabies, as well as owls and perhaps leopard. 

Walking Safaris

Walking safaris (dependent on qualified guide availability) with skilled guides offers you the exciting opportunity of coming across big game on foot as well as observing the smaller things you miss when travelling by vehicle.

Birding
The birdlife is excellent and varies throughout the year, depending on water levels and season. They include African hawk-eagle, ground hornbill, scarlet-chested sunbird, red-billed hornbill, gabar goshawk and red-billed francolin.

RATE BASIS
Fully Inclusive (FI) – includes accommodation, all meals, twice daily scheduled camp activities, park fees, all local drinks and laundry. Excluded from the rate are premium imported brands and champagne, gratuities, curio purchases and any other items of a personal nature.

LOCATION
Located in a private reserve in south-eastern Okavango Delta. The Moremi Game Reserve borders the north and east.

ACCESS
The camp is accessed by flight to the Chitable Airstrip. Approximately 40 minute road transfer to camp (depending on wildlife sightings, scenery and photographic opportunities along the way).

HABITAT AND WILDLIFE
The 28 000-hectare (69 000-acre) Chitabe Concession, situated in the south-east of the Okavango Delta, is separated from the well-known Moremi Game Reserve by the Gomoti Channel. This eastern half of the concession is characterised by grassy floodplains which separate the Channel from acacia and mopane woodland. The western half of the concession has as its boundary the Santantadibe River and here a variety of typical Okavango habitats – seasonal palm-dotted floodplains, to wooded islands, tranquil waterways and dry woodland – ensure a year-round variety of game viewing and birding experiences. It is this diversity and a mix of Okavango and Kalahari habitats that makes Chitabe unique and which allows good concentrations of all the larger predators – lion, leopard, spotted hyaena, cheetah and wild dog – as well as herbivores like giraffe, buffalo, lechwe, tsessebe, impala and elephant.

CAMP DESIGN AND FACILITIES

  • Lounge/dining and bar area on raised wooden platforms linking thatched communal area with rooms.
  • Evening camp fire.
  • During winter months knee blankets are provided during dinner.
  • Pool in main area.
  • Curio shop.
  • Library.
  • Traditional boma for dining under the stars.
  • Wheelchair friendly main area.
  • Guest toilet in main area.

NUMBBER OF TENTS
This camp can accommodate 16 guests plus 2 guide/pilot/tour leaders sharing, subject to concession numbers and/or concession availability.
8 x units in total comprising:

  • 8 x twin-bedded luxury canvas-style tented rooms which can be made into king-size beds​ upon request.

TENT DESCRIPTION

  • Canvas tented-style rooms on elevated wooden decks, double sliding door entrance and with elevated wooden walkways.
  • Each room is wheelchair friendly and comprises of en-suite facilities with outdoor shower, outdoor sitting area overlooking floodplains, mosquito net, tea and coffee making facilities, electronic safe and individual canvas bags with padlocks (keys remain with guests) are supplied for valuables which are then stored in a central safe, adaptor charging facilities, a yoga mat and weights (02 x 2.5kg weights).
  • During winter months hot water bottles and extra blankets are provided.
  • No air-conditioning, however, a water cooled pedestal fan is provided in all the rooms.
  • Seasonal bathrobes, slippers, liquid soap, body wash, shampoo and conditioner, body lotion, room spray, insect repellent, insect spray, mosquito coil, shower caps, vanity kit with cotton tip swabs and cotton wool pads, sewing kit (on request), tissue dispenser, liquid washing detergent (for smalls), laundry bag and umbrella are supplied in each tent.

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