Reviews of Chitabe Camp
They do not necessarily represent the views of Expert Africa.
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.
Chitabe Camp review
Spent three nights here. Excellent facilities.
The drives are 'full-on' but then we saw so much too, including a leopard on two occasions and two prides of lions.
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.