Chitabe Camp

Okavango Delta & Moremi, Botswana

On Request

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Chitabe Camp

Chitabe is situated on a beautiful old tree-island in a prime location in the south-east of the Okavango Delta. Eight spacious en-suite Meru-style tented rooms are built on elevated wooden decks, each tastefully styled with unique decor.

ON A BEAUTIFUL OLD ISLAND IN A PRIME LOCATION SOUTH OF OKAVANGO DELTA.

What We Love
  • Canvas tents, thatched roof and double sliding door entrance to each room.
  • Chitabe Camp contributes to the Botswana Predator Conservation Project through their Botswana Wild Dog Research Project.
  • Dave and Helene Hamman, the owners of Chitabe Camp and Chitabe Lediba Camp, have dedicated many years to photographing the African wild dog and are the authors of a book, Running Wild.
Need to Know
  • Camp has 220v generator powered electricity, inverter system is used for lighting and plug points are available for charging batteries.
  • Children of 6 years and older are accommodated. The minimum age for walking activities is 13 years.
  • Walking safaris are offered from camp on request basis.

The Review

Chitabe Camp is situated in a private concession area in the south-east of the Okavango Delta, Botswana. While playing host to the diversity of wildlife, birds and habitats which only the Okavango Delta can offer, this area is a breathtaking mosaic of open floodplains, waterways, marshlands, dry acacia and mopane woodland, riverine forest and open grasslands which is notably in contrast to the areas further north.

Why Stay
Situated on a beautiful old tree-island in the Okavango Delta, Chitabe Camp has eight spacious en-suite Meru-style tented rooms are built on elevated wooden decks, each tastefully styled with unique décor. The spacious en-suite bathrooms include double vanity basins together with an indoor as well outdoor shower. Elevated walkways connect the rooms to the main area.

The central part of camp is made up of a thatched dining area and lounge leading onto open decking, all built on raised decks to provide superb views across a floodplain. There is a pool that provides cool sanctuary in the heat of the day.

Wildlife
The area is a combination of open grasslands, acacia woodland and shallow waterways. Game viewing is varied from the lush green period after the rains to the dry winter months when plains game numbers peak. Buffalo, elephant, lion, warthog, lechwe, hippo, giraffe, leopard, cheetah and tsessebe are found throughout the year. Wild dog are frequently seen in the concession. The birdlife is excellent and varies throughout the year, depending on water levels and season.

Experience
Activities include day and night game drives in open 4x4 vehicles, nature walks (on request) and spectacular birding through a diverse array of habitats. Night drives also provide opportunities for guests to see nocturnal mammals such as civet, serval, genet, porcupine and aardwolf. Owing its location on the periphery of the Delta, Chitabe offers exciting year-round game viewing.

Getting There

The Chitabe Camp is located in a private reserve in south-eastern Okavango Delta. Moremi Game Reserve borders the north and east. Maun is the gateway to the Okavango Delta and is accessed by a short 20 min flight on a light aircraft. The flight from Kasane takes one hour and 20 mins. There is a luggage restriction on this flight of 10kg (22lbs) per person, soft sided luggage.

 
Chitabe Camp Okavango Delta & Moremi, Botswana

Chitabe Camp

Rating                    Classic Camp
Type                      Safari Lodge
Friendly                  Children
No. Rooms              8
Max Occupants        16 guests
Interests                  Birding, Nature, Wildlife
Location                  Chitabe Concession (south-eastern Okavango Delta)


Accommodation

Luxury Tent
There are eight luxury canvas safari-styled rooms consisting of seven twin bedded rooms, one king size bedded room and one twin guide room which is shared with Chitabe Lediba.

Tent details
Luxury safari-styled rooms are with double sliding door entrance and en-suite bathrooms. Soaps, shampoos, gowns and insect repellents are supplied. Environmentally friendly washing soap is provided for the washing of “smalls”. Rooms have mosquito nets; stand up fans and an electronic safe. All rooms have an outdoor shower and sitting area on raised platforms overlooking floodplains.

Camp Description
The camp main area is on raised wooden platform with walkways linking thatched communal area with rooms. There is a plunge pool. An open air boma is used for dinner around campfire. A digital projector is available on request. There is a small curio shop and library.

Electricity & Water
The camp is 100% solar powered (solar panels and inverters provide electricity and hot water. Supplies power for hairdryers, fan and mini bar). A 220v generator is used for emergencies. Multi-plugs are available for charging camera and video equipment and laptops in the tent. Guests are also urged to bring two batteries for video recorders or cameras, as a battery can only be charged when the generator is in use.


Activities

The main activity here is the game drives via 3 x 10-seater open 4 x 4 Land Rovers each accommodating maximum seven, allowing all guests an outside seat. All vehicles are equipped with books on trees, birds and mammals along with a pair of binoculars and Peaceful Sleep insect repellent. Walking safaris are organised on request as these are dependent on the availability of walking guides. Night drives are also undertaken.

Suggested Schedule
Morning wakeup call is between 0500h and 0600h. Morning tea and light continental breakfast before departing for morning activity. Return to campsite by about 1000h for a brunch which has a selection of breakfast and lunch dishes. Afternoon at leisure though bird walks are informally offered.

Afternoon tea (at 1600h or earlier in winters) is with a selection of sweet and savoury snacks. This is followed by game viewing activity which generally ends with drinks and snacks for sundowners, returning to the camp around 1900h, depending on the game sightings.

Pre-dinner drinks and snacks are served at the bar around 2000h. These are followed by a three-course dinner. All courses are served at the table except on Mondays (traditional night) when the starter and dessert are served whilst the main course is buffet style. By 2100h the group generally congregates around a campfire where coffee and liqueurs are served.

Seasons
Festive Season: 20 December 2013 to 10 January 2014
Low Season: 11 January 2013 to 31 March 2013
Shoulder Season: 01 April 2013 to 14 June 2013 & 01 November 2013 to 19 December 2013
High Season: 15 June 2013 to 31 October 2013


Policies

Child Policy
Children of 6 years and older are accommodated.
For families travelling with children between 6 and 12 years, private activities need to be booked and paid for.
Children between 6 and 16 years must share with an adult/s in the same room.
The minimum age for walking activities is 13 years.

Other Policies
All drinks are included in the nightly tariff, with the exception of premium wines and champagne, and premium liqueurs and spirits.
Laundry is done on a daily basis and inclusive in the nightly tariff.
Curios, imported drinks and tips/gratitude can be billed to the tent number and settled on check out.
Payment can be effected by cash (US$, Euro, ZAR), travellers’ cheques or the following credit cards:
Visa or MasterCard.

Taxes and fees
All taxes and fees imposed by the property, unless otherwise noted, will be added at the time of purchase on AwimAway.
Guests are responsible for all incidental charges during their stay (e.g., room service, minibar, in-room movies, etc).
A 10 percent per night service charge will be collected at the AwimAway checkout.

Additional Services
Rates quoted for additional fees and services are subject to change due to currency conversion.
Please indicate any requests for additional services to include, airport transfers or city tours in the ‘Tell us more’ field on the contact us page or call AwimAway.com on 0208 350 6199.

Check in & Check out
Check in:         2:00 PM
Check out:     12:00 PM
Minimum stay:    1 night

 

Chitabe Concession

The 28,000-hectare 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.

Birdlife
The birdlife is excellent and varies throughout the year, depending on water levels and season. Raptors are abundant here: including the African Hawk Eagle and the Hooded Vulture often nests on the island. Game drives in the palm-filled landscape of Chitabe Camp often produce families of Ground Hornbill, Greater Honeyguide, Scarlet-chested Sunbird, Red-billed Hornbill, Gabar Goshawk and coveys of Red-billed Francolin.

Gratuity Schedule
The following is the suggested gratuity schedule only and is subject to service standards:
Guides - £6.00 per person per day
General Camp Staff - £3.00 per person per day
Specialist Guides (if applicable) - £6.00 per person per day.


When to go

Botswana’s winter is during our British summer, and the weather is hot during the day, but it isn't a stifling heat, and cold at night. The summer months (British winter) can be hot and humid and there is a chance of rain. Botswana has one rainy season which runs between mid-December and runs through to mid-March.

Visa
All visitors to Botswana need a valid passport for at least six months, but no visas are required by citizens of most Commonwealth countries, EU countries, USA and other selected countries. A valid return ticket is required. On arrival you’ll get a 30-day entrance stamp.

Visas are also not required by transit passengers, provided they are continuing their journey by the same or first connecting aircraft, and do not leave the airport.

Health
Travellers arriving from or having transited through countries where yellow fever is endemic will be required to show a suitable certificate of vaccination in order to gain entry into the country. This includes endemic countries such Angola, Ethiopia, Kenya, Rwanda and Uganda, as well as of marginal risk countries such as Somalia, Tanzania and Zambia.


Getting There

The Chitabe Camp is located in a private reserve in south-eastern Okavango Delta. Moremi Game Reserve borders the north and east. Maun is the gateway to the Okavango Delta and is accessed by a short 20 min flight on a light aircraft. The flight from Kasane takes one hour and 20 mins. There is a luggage restriction on this flight of 10kg (22lbs) per person, soft sided luggage.

Airstrip Details
Located 40 minutes’ drive from camp
Licensed for heavier aircraft up to 5700kg MAUW (max weight) and can take King Airs
Airstrip coordinates: S19.27.86, E023.22.45
Airstrip services Chitabe Lediba and Chitabe Main