Chitabe Camp, Okavango Delta, Botswana

Photo of a game drive with Chitabe vehicle Photo of the Chitabe Camp

Chitabe Camp in the Okavango Delta

"a high standard of guiding by an enthusiastic team of guides"

Grading: Classic Wilderness

Address: Chitabe Camp, Okavango Delta, Botswana

Children: Older than 6 can be accommodated
Bed capacity: Eight spacious Meru-style tents

The setting

Chitabe Camp is situated in the southern part of the Okavango Delta. It is a well-established camp with quite an impressive track record for game-viewing safaris. Apart from its excellent game-viewing, Chitabe is characterised by a high standard of guiding by an enthusiastic team of guides.

Chitabe Camp overlooks a floodplain in the Chitabe Concession, bordered by the Moremi Game Reserve on three sides. Being in one of the drier areas in the Delta, the Concession area differs from those further up north in the Okavango. The Chitabe Concession area is mostly forested with shady, wooded glades and few open plains. A mix of different habitats - open floodplains, marshlands, dry acacia and mopane woodland, riverine forest and open grasslands - provides for an abundance of African wildlife. Wild dogs are often one of the highlights of a safari game drive at Chitabe. Chitabe Camp is known as one of the Delta's finest safari camps for 'dry' game-viewing.

Being located in the Southern Okavango, Chitabe Camp receives little water, and as such no boating activities are possible here. But, the quality of game-viewing in this area is phenomenal. Chitabe is well respected as being one of the best big game viewing areas in the country. Coupled with comfortable accommodation, Chitabe is a great camp to combine with one of the 'wet' camps for a real rewarding luxury safari in the Okavango.

The camp

Chitabe Camp can accommodate a maximum of 16 guests in individually-decorated, modern Meru-style tents. The camp was constructed to offer incredible views of the surrounding floodplains and its elevated walkways which meander through a thicket of jackalberry trees. One may even spot a passing parade of elegant giraffes on the way to your tent.

The thatched dining, pub and lounge areas are built on raised decks to provide striking views across the floodplain. A pool allows for cool off in the heat of the day.

  • On raised wooden platforms and with wooden walkways 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
  • Dinners under the stars in traditional Kgotla/ Boma style
  • Wheelchair friendly main area

Water & electricity

  • Thermodynamic geyser heated water.
  • 220V generator powered electricity that runs for 6 - 7 hours per day when guests are out on activities. When guests return from daily activities, generators are generally switched off (for peace in the camp).
  • An inverter system is used for lighting and fans in each guest room 24 hours a day.
  • Plug points are available in each room for charging of batteries and for the use of sleep apnoea machines only. Please bring spare battery, charging unit and adapters.

Accommodation

The camp offers 8 spacious Meru-style tents which are built on elevated wooden decks amongst the trees. Each tent has twin beds, en-suite facilities and an indoor as well as an outdoor shower.

Seven twin-bedded luxury canvas-style tented rooms each has two three quarter beds. One luxury honeymoon tented room has a king-size bed. Five mattress converters are available to transform twin beds into king-size beds - this must be arranged prior to your arrival.

  • 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, adapter charging facilities, a yoga mat and weights (2 x 2.5 kg weights).
  • During winter months hot water bottles and extra blankets are provided.
  • No air-conditioning, however, a pedestal fan is provided in all tents.
  • 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.
  • Day and night game drives in 3 x 10-seater open 4x4 Land Rovers each accommodating a maximum of 7 guests allowing each guest an outside seat.
  • Private activities on offer (subject to vehicle availability which needs to be booked and paid for).
  • The camp has a supply of bean bags for guests to use to steady their camera while on a game activity.
  • Hot water bottles (during winter months and on early morning game drives only), blankets and lined ponchos are provided on game drives.
  • Guided nature walks on request (seasonal and subject to qualified walking guide being available).
  • Birding.

Rates • Chitabe Camp

  • Rates are quoted in US$ (USD)
  • Rates are subject to change without prior notice

Low Season: 11 January 2016 to 31 March 2016

Sharing Single Supplement
US$903 US$269

Closed for Refurbishment: 26 January 2016 to 13 February 2016

Sharing Single Supplement
n/a n/a

Shoulder Season: 1 April 2016 to 31 May 2016 & 1 November 2016 to 19 December 2016

Sharing Single Supplement
US$1,054 US$289

High Season: 1 June 2016 to 31 October 2016

Sharing Single Supplement
US$1,588 US$301

Festive Season: 20 December 2016 to 10 January 2017

Sharing Single Supplement
US$1,186 US$287

Closed for Refurbishment: 7 January 2017 to 31 May 2017

Sharing Single Supplement
n/a n/a

Included

  • accommodation
  • all meals
  • twice daily scheduled camp activities
  • park fees
  • all local drinks and laundry

Excluded

  • Babysitting
  • Tips/ Gratuities
  • Curios and personal items
  • Champagne and premium brand alcoholic beverages
  • Any in-room treatments
  • International air travel
  • Visas - where required
  • Departure tax
  • Road transfers
  • Internal flights
  • Children 6 years and older are accommodated.
  • For families travelling with children between 6 and 12 years of age, private activities need to be booked and paid for.
  • Children between 6 and 16 years of age must share with an adult/s in the same room.
  • The minimum age for walking activities is 13 years (subject to season and availability of a qualified walking guide).
Photo of an elephant in the camp
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