Chitabe Camp

Reviews of Chitabe Camp

Excellent(96%) From 56 travellers
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Below are independent comments from 56 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.
Sds & Kss from London
Arrived on: 13-Sep-2016 Stayed for: 3 nights
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Chitabe was spectacular

On the edge of the delta, after a short flight from our previous camp, Kwara.

The Camp is not a water based camp but there are areas of water close by, shallow waters.

A truly luxurious experience in the wild. The lodges are on stilts as are all the walk ways, The amazing experience starts when you are collected from the airstrip. The person explains who they are, how long it will take to get to the camp and although he is not a guide will point out animals as we drive towards the camp.

All staff are friendly, courteous and welcoming. At the bar, Jay and his team were always smiling and made us lovely mocktails. Food was lovely not always our choice of vegetarian meal but we could see the effort made with limited bush ingredients to make it interesting for us.

The sightings were truly amazing, we saw 4 lionesses on a kill just outside the camp one evening. the same lionesses on other days with 10 cubs and another day where 2 male lions had joined the group in eating another buffalo carcass. Ebs our guide was very knowledgeable and passionate. On some morning drives ,as it led to interesting sightings. we were out from 6 to 12. Ebs would always ask if everyone was ok to extend as it was an exciting sighting. We saw most of what we had on our wish list and even more but it was truly a great experience because of the guide's engagement with everyone on the jeep. Even having a flat tyre became an experience where we helped.

As one of the higher cost camps, we had high expectations. I can say they were met and exceeded. All managers talked to all the guests, welcomed back after each drive and joined the dinners. Well done Chitabe and thank you Expert Africa for the recommendation. We will be back one day!

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Mr L. from Devizes
Arrived on: 9-Sep-2016 Stayed for: 3 nights
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One of the best!

Ultra friendly staff, professionally run, wonderfully knowledgeable guide who was always went the extra mile.

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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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