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Chitabe Lediba
Chitabe Lediba
Chitabe Lediba
Chitabe Lediba
Chitabe Lediba
Chitabe Lediba
Chitabe Lediba

Chitabe Lediba: Our full report

Chitabe Lediba is situated on an elevated island within the private Chitabe Reserve, a fairly dry area towards ...

... the south of Botswana's Okavango Delta. Largely surrounded by the Moremi Game Reserve, it is generally regarded as good for game year-round – and the camp's focus is solely on drives rather than water activities.

In contrast with areas further north in the Delta, the Chitabe Reserve is largely mixed forest: an interesting mosaic of mopane and acacia woodlands. However as the reserve is bordered to the north and east by the Gomoti River and to the south-west by the Santantadibe River, you will also find riverine forests, lagoons and lush channels. Chitabe Lediba shares the Chitabe Reserve with its larger sibling, Chitabe Camp as well as &Beyond's Sandibe Okavango Safari Lodge.

Chitabe Lediba has just five secluded tented chalets, designed in much the same way as those at its sister camp. Set on a low deck and shaded by large trees, each has a veranda at the front kitted out with comfortable chairs, footstools and a table. From here, sliding double glass doors lead into the bedroom, with polished dark-wood floors and rattan rugs. The décor is smart and airy but not overdone. Comfortable beds (or, in the honeymoon chalet, a four-poster) sit under a mosquito net, and are flanked by bedside tables with reading lamps. A writing desk plays host to stationery, magazines and bottled water, and the adjacent strip of universal plugs is handy for charging batteries – though not suitable for hairdryers. Standing and ceiling fans help to keep the tent cool and the mosquitoes at bay, while meshed windows enable a cooling breeze to flow through.

A tall wooden headboard separates the bedroom from the bathroom, where two deep ceramic basins are set on a wooden counter beneath large framed mirrors. Behind the headboard is ample hanging and shelving space, with a digital safe, bathrobes and extra blankets. There's a separate flush toilet, and a canvas-walled shower, as well as a spacious outdoor shower, partially surrounded by canvas walls for privacy, but with views over the plains. Big fluffy towels, mosquito repellent and a wide selection of toiletries are provided.

Two of family chalets, sleeping up to four people, are made up of two en-suite bedrooms (one with an outside shower), sharing a balcony. In one of these chalets there’s an interleading hallway, well suited for families with younger children.

Chitabe Lediba's main area is accessed from the chalets by wooden walkways raised about a metre off the ground – low enough to keep you at one with nature; high enough to keep some of the creepy-crawlies away! It's a beautifully designed set up, with fabulous views across the floodplain. The open-plan layout runs from a help-yourself bar at one end, set beside cosy sofas in muted tones, to a long wooden dining table at the other, surrounded by smart, cream-covered chairs. A good little 'library' houses a selection of wildlife magazines and some interesting books, including Running Wild, a book about the wild dogs of northern Botswana with photographs by the owners of Chitabe and Chitabe Lediba, Dave and Helene Hamman.

Leading out from the dining area, a wooden deck with a firepit is surrounded by comfortable directors' chairs. Shaded by a large tree, this is a lovely spot to relax with uninterrupted views across the plains. From the other side, leading out from the bar, a wooden walkway leads to a toilet and a small swimming pool complete with sunloungers and more superb views.

Behind the main area, steps lead down to a boma (a natural space surrounded by a wooden fence), where traditional evening meals and barbecues are sometimes served. These occasions are great fun and the staff are genuinely keen to impart a little knowledge of their local history and culture. There is also a curio shop, which stocks a variety of safari clothing and local crafts.

It's the staff who make this camp though – unfailingly friendly and cheerful and always happy to chat about the camp and the surrounding wildlife. The guiding is usually superb and the guides conscious of getting the vehicle and the light in the right places for great shots!

Being a primarily 'dry' camp, activities at Chitabe Lediba concentrate on 4WD game drives both day and night. This area was the photography location for Running Wild, and our recent experiences have confirmed that there are some epic wild dog sightings to be had. More generally the game here is considered prolific, rewarding us with excellent sighting of leopard, lion, and cheetah over the years, as well as phenomenal numbers of elephant, zebra, giraffe and hippo. Although we only popped into Chitabe Lediba during our visit to the concession in September 2017, the game that we saw from Chitabe and in the concession as a whole was spectacular. That said, a previous visit in April 2016 was less fruitful, showing that game can never be guaranteed.

The birdlife in the area is pretty good, too, at its best between December and March. Raptors are especially common, with Gabar goshawks, western-banded snake eagles and martial eagles a few of the more sought-after sightings, and a good chance of seeing the endemic slaty egret and the endangered wattled crane near the waterways. We’ve been lucky enough to see tawny eagles, lilac-breasted rollers, various starlings, vultures, weavers, wattled cranes, ground hornbills, many duck species and spur-winged geese, to name a few.

Our view

Chitabe Lediba is a smart, very comfortable camp in an area that has a great diversity of game. The guiding team is very professional and friendly, keen to get good sightings but also thoughtful about how our interaction may affect the animals' behaviour. While activities are limited to 4WD game drives in this dry camp, it lies within a concession that consistently delivers some fantastic game experiences.

Megan Green

Megan Green

Botswana expert


Okavango Delta Safari Reserves, Botswana
Ideal length of stay
We’d usually recommend three nights at Chitabe Lediba; four would be fine if you’re happy to focus solely on game drives, but two is usually a little too short.
The flight from Maun to Chitabe airstrip takes 20 minutes in a small plane, then it's about a half-hour game drive to camp.
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Food & drink

Usual board basis
Full Board & Activities
Food quality
Meals at Chitabe Lediba are served buffet-style, and guests dine together.
Over the years we have found the food to be exceptional – delicious and fresh. We have not dined in camp on our last few visits, but when we last ate here, in November 2013, we had mixed feelings about some of the dishes at dinner, as reflected below. For a more recent description of what to expect, take a look at the equivalent section of the Chitabe Camp write-up. We understand that the two camps have the same menu.

The camp is able to cater for most dietary requirements – vegetarian, vegan, gluten free etc – as long as they are informed in advance.

An early-morning breakfast of cereal, fruit, muffins, tea and coffee is served in the dining area before your game drive.

For brunch, after the morning game drive, we were offered a cooked breakfast along with an assortment of other dishes that included pork cutlets, vegetarian linguine, various salads and bread.

Afternoon tea is usually accompanied by both savoury and sweet snacks, which on our last visit did not disappoint! A selection of salmon and artichoke canapés was served alongside a delicious coconut cake – together with iced or hot tea and fresh juice.

For dinner our starter consisted of a rather tasteless aubergine and tomato stack. The main meal of coq au vin was very good, and accompanied by mashed potato, butternut squash and garlic beans. For dessert, though, a promising-sounding orange and amarula mousse unfortunately didn't live up to expectations.
Dining style
Group Meals
Dining locations
Indoor and Outdoor Dining
Further dining info, including room service
No - this is a safari camp!
Drinks included
Bottled water, soft drinks, local beers and spirits, and a limited selection of South African red and white wines are included. Champagne and imported wines and spirits will cost extra and may need to be requested in advance.

Guests are usually given a water bottle on arrival, which they are encouraged to top up from the supply of filtered water in the main area from the camp’s reverse osmosis machine. Each room is also provided with glasses and a flask of filtered drinking water.

Special interests

Family holidays
The family chalets at Chitabe Lediba are two fully functioning standard chalets with their own ensuite bathrooms joined by a short corridor. This coupled with an informal atmosphere make the camp a fantastic option for a family safari in Botswana.
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Approximately 345 species have been recorded in the Chitabe concession, comprising both resident and migratory birds. Raptors are abundant and thrive here. Of particular note on Chitabe are breeding wattled crane and slaty egret.
See ideas for Birdwatching
Wildlife safaris
The Chitabe area is renowned for its wild dog population, which has formed the subject of a book by the camp’s owners. Also worth noting are regular sightings of lion, leopard and even the odd cheetah, along with tsessebe, blue wildebeest, giraffe, zebra, reedbuck and steenbok.
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Attitude towards children
Children over the age of 12 are welcome at Chitabe Lediba. The camp may accept aged 6–12 if a private vehicle is booked but this must be requested in advance. Children of six years and under are not accepted, unless the entire camp is booked on a private basis; ask us for details.
Property’s age restrictions
Minimum age six years
Special activities & services
Chitabe Lediba can provide families and children with a ‘Bush Buddy’ who is trained in educating and entertaining children while on safari. This complimentary service must be booked in advance.
The camp has two family chalets, of which one has interconnected rooms, making it an excellent option for families with young children.

The camp can arrange separate mealtimes for families with younger children. Childminding can be arranged with staff, though note that they may not be specifically qualified in childcare.
Generally recommended for children
We would recommend Chitabe Lediba Camp for children over the age of 12 who have a genuine interest in wildlife.
Dangerous wildlife wanders freely around this unfenced camp and the walkways are raised about a metre off the ground, so children should be kept under supervision by an adult at all times.

Our travellers’ wildlife sightings from Chitabe Lediba

Since mid-2018, many of our travellers who stayed at Chitabe Lediba have kindly recorded their wildlife sightings and shared them with us. The results are below. Click an animal to see more, and here to see more on our methodology.


100% success


100% success


100% success


100% success


88% success


88% success

Spotted Hyena

88% success


86% success


75% success

Wild dog

75% success

Roan antelope

29% success

White Rhino

29% success

Sable antelope

14% success


0% success

Black Rhino

0% success


0% success


0% success


Power supply notes
Each tented chalet has a power point where guests can charge their batteries, and adaptors are available in camp. Extensions for CPAP machines can be provided on request.
Chitabe Lediba has a CB radio link in case of emergencies, but largely you should consider yourself out of contact. There is no cellphone reception or WiFi.
TV & radio
There is no television or radio
Water supply
Water supply notes
All the tented chalets have plumbed hot and cold running water for showers, and flushing toilets.

Health & safety

Malarial protection recommended
Medical care
When we last visited, all the camp managers and guides were first-aid trained and various medications were kept in the camp. Wilderness Safaris also have an on-call nurse who can be contacted via radio. In an emergency, guests can be flown out either via helicopter or medical rescue plane during daylight hours.
Dangerous animals
High Risk
Security measures
Because of the Okavango Delta's large population of dangerous game, and the fact that Chitabe Lediba Camp is unfenced, guests are escorted from/to their chalets after dark. Alarm sirens or whistles are provided in the rooms to attract attention in case of emergency.
Fire safety
There are fire extinguishers outside all the chalets as well as in the dining and kitchen areas.


  • 4WD Safari

    4WD Safari

  • Birdwatching


  • Guided walking safari

    Guided walking safari

  • Helicopter


  • Night drive

    Night drive


Disabled access
Not Possible
Laundry facilities
A full laundry service is included, with a netting bag provided for smalls. Weather permitting, laundry is collected in the morning and brought back in the evening.
There are safes in all the tented chalets, and pouches locked with numerical tags are provided. No exchange facilities are offered.
Accepted payment on location
Mastercard and Visa credit cards are accepted; Diners Club and Amex are not. Credit-card transactions attract no commission. Cash payments may be made in US dollars, GB pounds, South African rand, euros and Botswana pula.

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