From $ 905 per person sharing
- Single supplements and child discounts may apply
- Price varies with seasonality and room options
- Indicative price is for low season
Chitabe Camp is the perfect combination of luxury, romance and untameable wilderness. Its secluded and intimate tented suites are indulgent in every way. The guides are extremely knowledgeable, and will make you safari experience fun, fascinating and unforgettable, no matter what your interest.
What makes the camp special?
The Chitabe concession is situated on an island in the south-eastern reaches of the Okavango Delta. The Delta rises and falls in an annual cycle as old as time itself, but the really big flood waters never reach quite as far as Chitabe Camp, which makes it one of the best ‘dry’ safari destinations in the area. Chitabe falls in Botswana’s wild dog research area and these highly endangered animals are regularly seen on game drives.
The Chitabe concession is situated on an island in the south-eastern reaches of the Okavango Delta, a destination that is home to arguably one of the greatest wildlife spectacles in Africa. As the floodwaters of the Okavango River, fed by the waters from the Angolan highlands 1 200 kilometres away, begins to fill this 15 000 square kilometre basin, it transforms the landscape into a vast floodplain that stretches throughout the north east of Botswana. But the really big floodwaters never reach quite as far as Chitabe Camp, which makes it one of the best ‘dry’ safari destinations in the area. This part of the delta is still affected by the seanoal ebb and flow, but more gently so, making it a perfect combination of seasonal wetlands, dense forest woodlands and open grassy plains. Animals such as elephants, buffalo, and zebra arrive in huge numbers from far and wide – and their predators are never far behind. Lion, leopard and the rare cheetah are frequently seen as they follow the herds of antelope, and the area is especially famous for some of the best wild dog viewing in Africa. Chitabe falls in Botswana’s wild dog research area, and these highly endangered animals are regularly seen on game drives.
Chitabe Camp consists of 8 luxury tented suites, including a special honeymoon suite, and was designed with all the creature comforts you could imagine. Spacious bathrooms with indoor and outdoor showers, and breath taking views of the plains and forests from the advantage of your own private viewing decks are all part of the experience. Connected to the suites by raised wooden walkways is the main dining area, pool and bar area. Set under a towering canopy of trees, it is a fabulous place to unwind with a glass of wine after an exciting day of game watching. The smell of the campfire, the incandescent glow of the Milky Way, and the night songs of the cicadas and frogs, is the perfect way to round off the day.
One of the highlights of Chitabe Camp is their quirky and beautiful library, with the seats designed into the massive branches of a huge sausage tree. This secluded, leafy spot is a magical place to while away an afternoon, enjoying the sounds and smells of nature, perhaps in the company of an elephant as it ambles past the camp for a drink at the nearby water.
The main focus at Chitabe Camp is on the abundant bird and animal life, and the day’s activities revolve around morning and evening game drives, with guided walks on request. Although 5am sounds like a ludicrous time to be awake on a holiday, it is well worth the effort, and experiencing the Delta at sunrise on a morning game drive is truly enchanting. As the early mist rises off the waters, the dawn chorus of bird life mixes with the territorial roars of the resident lion prides, or the whoop of a hyena returning from a night’s patrol. It is the hour of magic, and most of the animals take advantage of the relative cool before the full gaze of the sun takes hold.
After a morning of exciting game viewing, returning to the camp for a scrumptious brunch feels well deserved! The rest of the day is completely open to each individual. It is a great time to explore the camp, request a birding walk, peruse the contents of the little gift shop that sells unique artefacts made by local artists, or simply laze by the pool or library with a cold drink. And no one will blame you for having a midday snooze after such an early start!
As the sun begins to lose some of its intensity, guests gather once more in the main area for a high tea of savoury and sweet treats, before more venturing out for another game drive. The evening drive is a different experience altogether, and after the last of the perfect afternoon light has faded into a magnificent sunset, the spotlights come on and the world of the Delta at night is revealed.
This is the time when predators are usually at their most active, and some of the more secretive nocturnal animals emerge. Lions stretch and yawn, getting ready for their evening hunt, leopards pad silently down shadowed game paths, and little creatures like porcupine, jackal and civet snuffle in the undergrowth for tasty snacks.