Chitabe Camp

Reviews of Chitabe Camp

Excellent(95%) From 42 travellers
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Below are independent comments from 42 of our travellers who have visited Chitabe Camp, and have kindly agreed to share their thoughts.

They do not necessarily represent the views of Expert Africa.
Mr & Mrs M from Australia
Arrived on: 1-Jun-2010 Stayed for: 3 nights
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Great accommodation, service and game viewing

All round excellence. Cannot see how things could be realistically improved. Great accommodation, pro active management and staff and great guiding by Anthony

Significant sightings included lions on a warthog kill, a very photogenic leopard, a large pack of wild dogs, and hyena pups playing outside their den

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Mr & Mrs B - Northamptonshire
Arrived on: 13-Sep-2009 Stayed for: 2 nights
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Chitabe Camp review

this was a very relaxed camp with a relaxed friendly management style. All staff were pleasant and helpful.

the food was variable in quality, although overall good and plenty of it. A better variety at dinner would improve this aspect of the camp.

We enjoyed the traditional evening. I will only serve my husband in this way the once. For those who have no idean what I am talking about, then visit Chitabe.

Our guide (Ebes) was the most respectful person we have encounterd in a long time - to us, his colleagues, his environment, animals. It was a pleasure being on drives with him. Very informative and happy to go at whatever pace we wanted.

The tent was very comfortable but housekeeping could improve a bit as the way the shower is designed makes the wooden floors very slippery to the unitiatnated.

We saw varied game and the highlight was finding the cheetah. Wild dogs and pups seen close to camp.

If there was a category of very good I would choose this overall.
[Ed: our five categories are Excellent, good, average, poor and terrible - so there's no 'very good'!]


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H family from London
Arrived on: 18-Aug-2009 Stayed for: 3 nights
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Chitabe Camp review

Best game viewing on our trip and a really good guide.

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Mr & Mrs H from Wroughton
Arrived on: 21-Jun-2009 Stayed for: 3 nights
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Chitabe Camp review

Something about the management here at Chitabe wasn't quite right. It was firendly and pleasant but somehow lacked the togetherness of other camps. Staff seemed to operate as individuals and were not so joined up as a team.

Personally, we missed tea and coffee facilities in the rooms, hence rooms rated as good, when they were new and some of the best we had stayed in.

Our guide was Oats - who was an amazing patient guide who wanted to show us all Chitabe had to offer, including stillness and quiet. We saw good game but also experienced the vastness of the area in a way we hadn't at other camps. We learnt a lot about Botswana, the tourism industry, education system etc - Oats left us with a legacy and desire to return.

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Mr and Mrs W from London
Arrived on: 20-May-2009 Stayed for: 3 nights
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Excellent game viewing

Chitabe was an excellent camp, both from the accommadations as well as the guides.

The game viewing here was the best of the 4 camps we went too. The rooms were stunning and was visited by some vervet monkeys, Bernard the Elephant and some baboons.

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Mr L - Bristol
Arrived on: 28-Apr-2009 Stayed for: 3 nights
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Seeing the lions at Chtabe camp

Chitabe was my second camp, and very different from little Vumbura being in a much drier area. and also being much bigger.
The tented rooms here are nearly brand new and truly amazing, huge , well appointed and with "acres" of polished wood floors! worthy of a five star hotel in my opinion.

If I have a negative comment it would be that the drives were all very similar, so that two days rather than three would be sufficient. I think I was spoiled in little Vumbura on the drives and missed the rapport I had there a little. Our guide Luke was certainly competent but not as engaging as Sevara at Vumbura and not as willing to go off road or to look that bit further for game.

On the positive side we had wonderful sightings of lions ( particularly two magnificent black maned males ) and a young female leopard who obliged us with her extended company. We also saw a porcupine and african wild cats at night, and a very lucky daytime sighting of a Serval , hunting.

chitabe has very many Impala and Zebra but fewer elephants than in the other camps I was at.

The management here were also outstanding , led by the enigmatic Dawson ( who makes a mean long island iced tea! ) He showed us his detailed facial drawings of all the known leopards in the concession , so that we could recognise the one we had seen ,from her distinctive facial spots..apparently she was away from her usual area.

Chitabe is a largish camp with a very strong team and I enjoyed my time here very much. I had been looking forward to seeing Martial eagles here but had to content myself with several bateleur eagles including four in the camp!

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Mr and Mrs P from Flaunden, Hertfordshire
Arrived on: 24-Apr-2009 Stayed for: 3 nights
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Small teething problems at Chitabe

This camp had only just reopened after refurbishment. We were the first guests to stay in the new tented room and there were a few probably inevitable glitches. Hot and cold taps in outside shower were the wrong way round, and there was no blind on the window by the indoor shower leading to lack of privacy. The staff did attend to the latter as soon as we mentioned it, however.

No tea and coffee facilities in rooms, unlike at other camps and no safe in room. Staff very friendly, especially Nick and Dawson. We were rarely collected on time at 6am by the staff though for breakfast and there were inconsistencies in advice given regarding making our own way which I am sure would have not been company policy. Area given for breakfast cramped and poorly laid out. I think this is a reflection of the fact that the camp had only just reopened and that staff had not yet got the feel about what worked well or less well.

Game viewing excellent and Andy the guide superb. Cheetah, lion and superb leopard to be seen. An opportunity for extra night drive would have been welcomed, as there was more to be seen here than at the other camps after dark.

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Mr G and Ms M from Auchendinny, Scotland
Arrived on: 4-Nov-2008 Stayed for: 3 nights
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Chitabe Camp review

The camp facilities, accomodation, food, management and staff were all good and we very much enjoyed our stay at Chitabe.

The weather at times was not great which no doubt affected the wildlife but we still managed good sightings of leopard, lions, buffalo and hyenas mopping up the remnants of a hippo.

Notably spent plenty of time observing various storks and herons feeding in a small pool where evaporation meant the prey was concentrated and also spent time just watching baboons and impala interacting with interpretation from our guide Phinley.

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Mr & Mrs S - Massachusetts
Arrived on: 11-Sep-2008 Stayed for: 3 nights
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Chitabe Lediba

We stayed at Chitabe Lediba, NOT the "main" Chitabe Camp. Although we were kind of "pushed" into this camp after trying to reserve at the main Chitabe Camp, if we had it to do over again we would stay at Chitabe Lediba again, we liked it so much.

Our private guide, Oates, was excellent, very eager to go looking for game day or night (we did lots of both), and great at finding it and explaining all the natural history. We especially enjoyed seeing leopard, cheetah, lion, African wild cat, honey badger, spotted hyena, and bat eared fox.

The atmosphere at this camp was informal, friendly, fun, and laid back. Our fellow guests were a mix of students, retirees, couples, and savvy travelers of all ages from all over.
On the negative side, our tent was older and less attractive from the outside than at other camps, and there wasn't much of a view. That was a minor drawback at this great place.

Managers Josephine and Kenny were excellent company and excellent managers, taking alternating nights on the job. They dispense with the business of greeting guests on every return to camp.
Nice touch: Our plane was supposed to arrive (when all the flights are supposed to arrive), during the noon lunch/siesta break, but it was delayed so we arrived in later afternoon. We thought this would mean we would miss our late afternoon/early evening game drive, but no! Our guide greeted us at the airport with the "sundowner" picnic hamper already in his truck, and we went right out on the game drive. That was MUCH appreciated.

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Mrs & Mr Paradise Flycatcher - France
Arrived on: 26-Aug-2008 Stayed for: 3 nights
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Chitabe Camp review

Our stay in Chitabe was excellent. The camp is located in a very nice location with elephants regularly wandering between tents. Our guide (Andy) was brilliant and all the staff very kind and helpful.

The sighting was very good, including several leopards, giraffes, elephants, hippos, lions, cheetah, ... One of our best camps in Botswana for sightings and friendlyness. We also enjoyed a "night out", sleeping in a hide - even more remote in the middle of the bush - which was a very unique experience.

The camp is old but nicely setup with a good common area and a particularly nice outdoor shower opening on the bush (we had tent n 8, the last one).

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