Chitabe is owned and run by Wilderness Safaris, a company with an impressive portfolio spanning many parts of Safari Africa. This camp is one of our favourites in the Delta, not least because our clients have always reported exciting sightings in the Chitabe Concession such as leopard, wild dog, and a few other rarities. As the Delta’s floodwaters tend not to reach the area, we recommend combining a stay here with two or three days at a watery property – Kwetsani , Jacana , Tubu Tree , Little Vumbura , Kwara , Little Kwara , for example. At Chitabe, accommodation is booked on a full-board basis, including all meals, all local drinks, twice-daily scheduled camp activities, park fees, and a laundry service. The camp is open throughout the year.
ACCESS & LOCATION:
The camp is approached via 30 minutes’ game drive road transfer from the local airstrip, which is just half an hour’s flight from Maun. Chitabe is situated on an island within its own concession, in the south-eastern region of the Okavango Delta.
ACCOMMODATION & FACILITIES AT CHITABE CAMP:
Guest accommodation consists of just eight tents. These are raised above ground level on wooden decks, linked by walkways. The tents are Meru in style – an exterior layer of canvas extends over the inner layer to form a shady veranda. This veranda is set with a couple of easy chairs, and it’s a great spot for relaxing and enjoying your views! Entering the tent through wood-framed glass sliding doors, you’ll find a large double bed or twin beds, bedside stands and lighting, a writing desk and chair, a seating area, a luggage rack, ample storage space, and wonderful wildlife photography. Other in-room amenities include mosquito nets, a standing fan, and an electronic safe. The en-suite facilities comprise flush toilet, twin washbasins, and both indoor and outdoor showers. Towels, bathrobes, and free toiletries are all supplied, and overall we think the accommodation is very comfortable!
Raised wooden walkways lead from the tents to Chitabe’s communal buildings, which are made out of timber and thatch. In the lounge, there are sofas and armchairs around coffee tables, as well as occasional tables and the camp’s well-stocked bar! This area flows out onto a pleasant veranda, which provides further seating and spectacular vistas over the concession. Guests can also marvel at the views while tucking in to delicious food and drink in the dining area. Chitabe’s culinary highlights include the hearty breakfast supplied before your morning activity, the scrumptious brunch on your return, the tasty afternoon tea following your siesta, and of course the camp’s lavish three-course dinner! If you overdo it, you can always head to the gym to make use of the exercise bike, treadmill, and so on. A lot of socialising tends to happen around the fire-pit, accessed a few steps down from the main buildings. And the camp’s swimming pool, set within its own deck complete with sunloungers, is perfect for relaxing between activities here!
ACTIVITIES AT CHITABE CAMP:
Below, we list activities offered at Chitabe. Please note, the availability of guided walks depends on the level of the concession’s floodwaters and/or whether a suitable guide is in camp during your stay.
Expertly guided game drives- These take place every morning and afternoon. The Chitabe Concession is one of the Okavango Delta’s drier areas, with sprawling plains in addition to abundant acacia and mopane woodlands. Wildlife in residence includes four of the Big Five – lion, leopard, elephant, and buffalo! Safarists can also look out for cheetah, hyena, wild dog, wildebeest, zebra, and an amazing assortment of antelopes such as red lechwe. The area is particularly famous for wild dog, a predator that’s so rare elsewhere.
Night drives- Nocturnal adventures are also enjoyed in the presence of a knowledgeable guide. You’ll set off after sundowners, with the guide’s spotlight illuminating species including civet, genet, porcupine, and the charming pangolin!
Guided safari walks- Highly recommended for anyone interested in close observation of the smaller things within the concession, walks are an excellent opportunity to get to know the resident insects, plants, and birdlife. Among the feathery friends you might encounter are hawk eagle, scarlet-chested sunbird, and red-billed francolin.
Helicopter trips- This activity incurs an additional charge, but that’s well worth it for the breathtaking views! The Delta is a place of astonishing beauty and diversity, and soaring over its waters, savanna, woods, and forests is a truly memorable experience.