Chitabe Lediba

Okavango Delta & Moremi, Botswana

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Chitabe Lediba

This newly-renovated camp is located on the other side of the same island as its sister, Chitabe Camp. It is smaller than Chitabe Camp and offers a much more intimate experience - ideal for small groups or families.

THIS NEWLY-RENOVATED CAMP IS LOCATED ON THE SAME ISLAND AS ITS SISTER, CHITABE CAMP.

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.
What 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 Lediba Camp is located in the Chitabe Concession, which covers 28,000 hectares of pristine Okavango Delta wilderness. The Camp has a glorious vantage over the small lediba (remnant lagoon that has become a waterhole) after which the camp is named. Guests can view the multitude of wildlife which comes to drink by day from the comfort of the camp itself.

Wildlife
The area is a combination of open grassland, acacia-forest 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, kudu, hippo, giraffe, leopard, cheetah, 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.

Why Stay
The Chitabe Lediba Camp consists of five canvas tented-style rooms, built on raised decks with luxurious interiors, complete with en-suite bathrooms, including double vanity basins, indoor and outdoor shower with spectacular views. There are two family rooms, one (for older children) with an adjoining front deck and the other (for youngsters) with an adjoining corridor; each room however has its own en-suite facilities.

A dining area, lounge and pool have glorious views over the surrounding floodplains and the small lagoon waterhole. Wildlife viewing is the major activity at this camp, whether on walks or game drives.

Experience
Chitabe Lediba Camp has both morning and afternoon game drives to explore the breathtaking variety of landscapes. Afternoon drives usually return after dark in the hope of spotting the shyer nocturnal animals: such as genet, civet, serval, porcupine and, on the rare occasion, the aardwolf. There are two elevated platforms which can be utilised as a game viewing platform by day.
 

Getting There

The Chitabe Lediba Camp is located in a private concession in the 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 25 mins. There is a luggage restriction on this flight of 10kg (22lbs) per person, soft sided luggage. The flight from Kasane to Victoria Falls takes 20 minutes, but allow additional time for customs and immigration.
 

 
Chitabe Lediba Okavango Delta & Moremi, Botswana

Chitabe Lediba Camp

Rating                      Classic Camp
Type                        Safari Lodge
No. Rooms                6
Max Occupants          14
Special Interests        Birding, Nature, Wildlife
Location                   Chitabe Concession


Accommodation

Standard Tent
There are four luxury canvas safari-styled rooms consisting of one twin bedded room, one queen size bedded room and one twin guide room which is shared with Chitabe Lediba.

Family Tent
Its two family units have adjoining bedrooms (double and twin) and en-suite bathrooms.

This camp can accommodate 8 guests plus tour leader or 10 guests in a private group (it is also possible on request to accommodate up to 14 guests when using both rooms of each family room if the concession limits allow for this on the dates required).

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
Camp has 220v generator powered electricity that runs for 7hrs per day when guests are out on activities. When guests return from daily activities, generators are generally switched off (for peace in camp). Inverter system is used for lighting and fans in each guest room 24hrs/day. Plug points are available in each room for charging of batteries and sleep apnoea machines only. Please bring spare battery, charging unit and adaptors. Water is electricity-heated.


Activities

Land game drives in open 4x4 Land Rovers – the camp has 2x 10-seater Land Rovers, each accommodating a maximum of 7 guests so that each guest is afforded an outside seat. Day and night drives. The camp has a supply of bean bags for guests to use to steady their camera while on a game activity. Walking safaris are offered from camp on request.

Suggested Daily Activity 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 (subject to availability).

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 night tariff.
    Curios, imported drinks and tips/gratuities can be billed to the room and settled on check out.
    Payment can be effected by cash (US$), 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 Lediba 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 Lediba Camp is located in a private concession in the 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 25 mins. There is a luggage restriction on this flight of 10kg (22lbs) per person, soft sided luggage. The flight from Kasane to Victoria Falls takes 20 minutes, but allow additional time for customs and immigration.

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