Chitabe Camp

Reviews of Chitabe Camp

Excellent(96%) From 54 travellers
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Below are independent comments from 54 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 A.J & Mrs V.A Clanwilliam
Arrived on: 24-Aug-2016 Stayed for: 4 nights
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Chitabe Camp review

As with all the camps, the staff were lovely.

A general comment applicable to all camps about the food. The presentation was first class and the choice remarkable given the difficult supply logistics. All meals were a delight and the temptation to over-indulge difficult to resist. Our only negative comment is that with one exception, the evening meal meat courses were almost always overcooked, or bordering on being so. And conversely, the vegetables had on some occasions merely been shown the water - we quickly learnt to avoid the french beans!

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Ms. G - London
Arrived on: 8-Jun-2016 Stayed for: 3 nights
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Chitabe: Possibly my favourites camp

I had a good feel about Chitabe.

Everything was perfect and the staff were so smiley and pleasant!

My guide Phin was very experienced and provided an excellent game viewing experience.

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Dr M. from Calgary
Arrived on: 27-Apr-2016 Stayed for: 3 nights
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Luxury in the Eastern Delta

Chitabe has luxurious "tents" with a somewhat modern design. (We preferred the slightly more rustic style of Tubu Tree, but this is only a matter of personal taste!). Camp management and staff were all local people and all extremely warm, outgoing and accommodating.

On our final night in camp, they set up a surprise cocktail reception for our group out in the bush, which was a very nice touch. Breakfast food not quite as varied as at Tubu Tree, however the other meals were comparable and of very good quality. We enjoyed the fire pit at Chitabe as it is close to the main lounge area and therefore gets more use by guests compared to Tubu Tree.

Wildlife here was further from the camp and sometimes required 30 to 45 minutes of driving on rough road before spotting much in the way of animals (other than birds and impala). Elephants, zebra and giraffe were in small groups compared to Tubu Tree. However, the long drives were worth it given the abundance of baby animals were saw: leopard cubs, lion cubs, hyena cubs, as well as baby elephants and zebra!

We also saw a large pack of wild dogs which we would never have found without the expert tracking skills of our guide, Phinley. Phinley was a man of relatively few words, and you needed to actively ask questions if you wanted to get information from him. Each guide has there only style and he was more reserved, but no less knowledgeable, than our guide at Tubu Tree.

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Dr Bob from Montreal
Arrived on: 27-Apr-2016 Stayed for: 3 nights
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Chitabe Camp review

Beautiful camp. Luxurious accommodations with attention to detail in the decor. Entirely black management and staff that enhanced the Botswana experience.

Dry camp that made it more difficult to have an off-road experience because we had to drive over dead trees. But when we did - it was expertly handled by our driver and guide. He went out of the way to bring us to the hyena den and to find the wild dogs over difficult terrain.

But our guide did not engage us - the fact that I forget his name is evidence to this - although clearly an expert he did not include us when he spotted tracks, he habitually missed sunset when he finally stopped for drinks and when our vehicle would not start when we were parked by the hyena den he did not communicate this to us although we all noticed it.

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Mr & Mrs. M & S from Germany
Arrived on: 22-Mar-2016 Stayed for: 3 nights
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Chitabe Camp review

Good Location, very good guide, great wildlife (elephants, giraffes, Zebras, Kudus, Impalas, wildebeasts, monkeys, wilddogs, hyenas (family with cubs: very nice), many hippos ...; we also saw two cheetahs, one leopard and two female lionsvultures; also eagles and various birds)

Friendly staff, one lunch was served outside in the field at a nice place.

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Mrs F.P. from London
Arrived on: 31-Jul-2015 Stayed for: 3 nights
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Chitabe Camp review

Lovely room (no. 3), very good hosting and good food (though not as good as Duba).

Our guide, Luke, was a very nice man, but not top notch - we were sorry we didn't get Dook or O.D. The best sightings of all 3 camps we visited.

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Mrs L. from Mckinney - Texas
Arrived on: 12-Jul-2015 Stayed for: 3 nights
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Chitabe Camp review

Chitabe was an enjoyable camp. The staff was very helpful and the food was wonderful.

However, we felt our guide there was not as skilled as he could have been. He seemed to struggle to follow wildlife tracks.

Our best experience there was seeing Hyena cubs with there mother. However, these animals were discovered by another guide.

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Mr & Mrs R. from Richmond
Arrived on: 28-Jun-2015 Stayed for: 3 nights
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The best overall safari experience

A great camp - slightly spoiled by the other guests - a group of orthodox jews that insisted on being segregated throughout and an odd set up with an advance team of 3 who were there to check out the camp for 3 days ahead of the arrival of V VIPs (Bill Gates' daughter plus nanny plus friend).

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Mr. & Mrs. S - USA
Arrived on: 3-May-2015 Stayed for: 3 nights
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Loved Chitabe

We loved Chitabe. The camp staff was great and the wildlife was unbelievable.

Our guide, Anthony, was the best. The food was good too.

As we have told everyone, it was outstanding.

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R and M from Sydney
Arrived on: 16-Apr-2015 Stayed for: 2 nights
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Chitabe Camp excellent experience

The transfers to and from the camp were efficient and rapid. The accommodation was very comfortable and the food was good and plentiful. The staff were wonderful and couldn't do enough for us. Many had worked a long time at Chitabe and the pride they had in the camp and doing a good job was obvious.

As expected the game drives were the highlight. The morning drive went for about 5 hours and the evening about 3 hours which was fantastic. We saw a wide range of animals, the highlight being the wild dogs hunting which we saw twice. Plenty of leopards and some lions but no cheetah or hyena. Our guide Gordon was excellent and knowledgeable. The small number of game vehicles in the concession and the ability to go off road to follow animals made the experience much more personal.

I would also like to mention Thompson the Chitabe Camp Manager whose genuine friendliness and detailed knowledge of Botswana and the Delta increased our enjoyment. We felt two days was about the right length of time before moving to another camp.



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