Reviews of Chitabe Camp
They do not necessarily represent the views of Expert Africa.
An absolute gem
A more relaxed, gentler feel. Very welcoming and a great layout with the best tents of the trip. it was the only pool I enjoyed using, and the library is a great place to crash in between drives.
Each drive produced a surprise, from our only cheetah to a leopard making a kill and feeding her cub. Bush buck and monkeys move between the tents and we were woken on our last morning by an elephant snoring behind us.
The only negative comment was that the food was good but not great. This is however a camp that I would very much enjoy going back to. Absolutely the right way to finish the safari.
Chitabe Camp Safari
A very comfortable camp in a location full of wildlife, if somewhat spread out. The camp staff were very helpful and extremely attentive and our guide was extremely knowledgeable and very friendly.
The Land Rover trips were long and very bumpy at times but the rewards at the end of each run were spectacular. We thought the Lions and Leopards were thrilling but when or guide found a Cheetah, words cannot describe our excitement.
Chitabe Camp review
This camp probably had the best game viewing. We saw everything - lions with cubs, leopards, cheetah, wild dogs, etc.
It was a very comfort6able camp and perhaps the most luxurious of all three camps.
Chitable Camp review
With regard to facilities, Chitabe was a bit of a disappointment in relation to Little Vimbura. The tents were not as private (tho' outside shower was nice), and the placement of the tents made the heat almost unbearable in the afternoon. A ceiling fan would have helped a lot in this regard. The staff were generally nice, but nowhere near the personal quality at Little Vumbura.
We also did not care for our guide, who was almost indifferent to us. The food was O.K./good and liked where we ate (both outside and in very nice dining area). Connie - "the chief of staff" - was terrific, tho' she seemed to be doing too much herself.
That being said, the animal viewing was OVER THE TOP, and for that reason would recommend Chitabe and or the area to anyone and everyone.
Chitabe Camp review
We met Anthony off our midday flight, and he took us to the camp, where we were shown our lovely room, and had a late brunch. During our stay here, we saw many birds, elephant, giraffe,monkeys, baboons, zebra, wildebeest and large herds of impala as well as kudu, bushbuck and tsessebe.
Our first sundowner was overlooking a lagoon area with hippo and many birds, and yet another fantastic sunset. Followed a large male leopard for a while, then found two large lions, and then tracked a cheetah to it's kill. Such tremendous viewings in such a short time, and so close to us. Wild dogs at an impala kill with the puppies eating whilst the adults looked on.
Close to our room, shown a bushbaby and a genet in the trees, and on another evening an elephant prevented some of the guests getting to dinner until the staff chased it away. Viewed the hippos and huge crocodiles from our position having coffee, and later on spent some time looking at a female cheetah with her two cubs playing in the open - wonderful. Found the cheetahs again on our short last morning, playing with their kill, and fantastic watching them so close. Driving around and saw many animals, and came behind two lionesses, one very pregnant, both watching tsessebe. Lovely camp and a good guide.
Superb service at Chitabe and Chitabe Lediba
Chitabe Camp was an excellent choice to start our two week Botswana Safari - "Thank you Megan" (Expert Africa) for your suggestion.
The rooms/tents were very smart, spacious and comfortable and the camp well laid out with beautiful decor and furnishings. On our first night there we were surprised with an anniversary meal laid out for us in a private setting by the pool - so thoughtful and much appreciated.
The raised boardwalk to and from the rooms was an adventure in itself never knowing what you were going to encounter next - elephant, bushbuck, giant eagle owls not to mention the numerous, cheeky tree squirrels!
Drives were always eventful with plentiful wildlife around - highlights being the den of painted dog (wild dog) pups and the numerous leopards obligingly posing up trees - and Oats, our guide, had the experience to anticipate the animals intentions and manoeuver accordingly to get the best view/photos. Unfortunately we just missed out on seeing two tiny leopard cubs with mum who had been entertaining guests for a few weeks - c'est la vie - it just gives us something to return for.
Nobody wants to be ill/injured on holiday, but if you are then this is one of the best places to be!! Managers Connie and Chris, plus the rest of the team couldn't have been more efficient or helpful when my husband's back problem took a turn for the worse. Medication was flown in from Maun and Connie arranged for us to stay an extra three nights at the sister camp, Chitabe Lediba, for further recuperation time. Without this we would not have been able to continue with the holiday so a huge THANK YOU to Connie and Wilderness. Many thanks also to Nick and Expert Africa for rearranging the flights.
One final thank you to Moalosi, one of the managers of Chitabe Lediba, for being such great company for my husband when he was eventually back on his feet and I was off on game drives. We both loved Lediba; the same great rooms but with doors to the loo and shower instead of just a screen, excellent food (they obviously had a different chef to the main camp) and a more intimate feel being only five rooms instead of eight. Kay and Luke also deserve a special mention for their impromptu ballet display led by Moalosi - soon to be shown on national TV!!
We would return to either of these camps in a flash. Go if you get the chance.
Chitabe Camp review
Much more varied game here than at the other camps we stayed at. Gordon, our guide was excellent - knowledgeable and with a warm personality.
Comfortable room and enjoyed the outdoor shower and abundant hot water (didn't like minimal privacy for toilet in room). Also appreciated the hot water delivered to the room in the morning.
Very accommodating staff - including camp manager Connie who made us feel very welcome and met all of our special needs requests (like separate dining for our group, special food for sundowners, etc.) Nice pool area. Game drives were wonderful and we saw all imaginable game - appreciated the hot water bottles and warm lined ponchos.
Chitabe Camp review
We saw a greater variety of animals at this camp than the others and it was wonderful. But we had to make a special request to have our own table at dinner time, which was a bit of a challenge.
See my suggention in my comments on Duma Tau that the morning rides should start at 8 am rather than 6:30.
Excellent in every respect. Fantastic range of game including leopard with very small kittens, lions with a giraffe kill and several sets of lions mating.
The guide was outstanding in finding game and also his knowledge and explainations. We appreciated the hotwater bottles and warm ponchos on early morning drives.
We thoroughly enjoyed our three-night stay at Chitabe Camp. The staff were exceptionally friendly and helpful. The accommodations were excellent.
I like to tell my friends that we went on safari and stayed in tents - with king-size beds, ensuite bath, double sinks, etc. It was cush! The food was plentiful and tasty - an early continental breakfast, mid-morning tea, mid-day brunch, afternoon high tea, sundowner cocktails and snacks, and dinner! It's remarkable that we didn't gain more weight than we did.
Most of all I want to call attention to our guide, Doctor. He was exceptional! I think he knew what the animals were going to do before the animals themselves knew. We pulled up to a pond with a hippo, and Doctor predicted that the hippo would make a mock charge, rising up out of the water and opening his gaping mouth in a huge splash, which the hippo did (before I could turn on my camera). We came upon an elephant scooping up acacia seeds from the ground. When they were all gone, Doctor encouraged us to wait and watch as the elephant began to shake the tree with his head to knock more seeds down.
There was the time, too, when we stopped to watch a herd of grazing zebras. Doctor maneuvered the jeep to a spot where he told us we could get a great camera shot when the zebras crossed the river. The zebras weren't moving - but then in a couple minutes, they crossed the river just as Doctor had said. I could say more, but I think you get the idea.
One highlight was getting to see the mother leopard and her two cubs nursing at dusk. Each day was filled with opportunities for great game viewing.