Reviews of Chitabe Lediba
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Chitabe Lediba review
There were so many highlights to this camp, I hope I can remember them all: the team who sang to us upon arrival; the fact that we were the only guests which gave us the opportunity to get to know many of the team.
I loved that at both the camps we visited team members had name tags which facilitated getting to know them. Also at both we had meals with our guides which was a real plus.
The highlight of the entire trip ocurred here with our fabulous guide, Gordon. We followed 2 lionesses for 2 days and watched them interact with their cubs. One set of cubs was about 4 months old and the others were about 6 weeks old. Finding them was a magical although bouncy experience and watching them for at least an hour was a lifetime experience.
excellent small camp with abundant wildlife
Another excellent safari camp experience. Camp facilities, food,and guides were all top notch with plentiful wildlife sightings everywhere. This was also an unfenced camp so wildlife could appear at any;;time, and sometimes did. Guides were very experienced and capable, and radio contact with the other guides (including the guides at the larger Chitabe camp) facilitated wildlife viewing for all guests within this private concession. At this camp, I also participated in two safari "walks", which added to the bush experience ( although not as a substitute for a drive because of the limited area that could be traversed in the time available).
Trackers were not utilized at this camp; however, I did not feel that this detracted from the ability to view wildlife.
The wildlife viewing and the luxury accommodations are just incredible here. The camp is beautiful and we saw so much! 4 different leopards (including two extended sitings of different females), Wild dogs (twice), many Lion. Elephants playing in the water.
Our guide (Duke) was incredibly talented and had a great sense of humor. When we had a trainee in the vehicle with us though, he and Duke would speak extensively to each other in Setswana, which was occasionally frustrating. Also, Duke would sometimes leave sitings we were enjoying without fully explaining why.
Food was delicious and the camp was very conscientious about my gluten-free diet. The rooms were the nicest we had in Botswana.
Was not thrilled with one of the camp managers. Ruby seemed to not like her job very much and actually we left the camp with her still owing us $4 change from a gift shop purchase that she couldn't be bothered to handle. She didn't handle questions well and I fear she may be in the wrong line of work.
We had booked Chitabe Lediba camp and this was confirmed with WIlderness Safari.
Upon arrival, we were given a room in Chitabe main camp however. No one asked/informed us about the change of camp, and we only realized this one day later.
We were happy with Chitabe, so not a big deal, but I could imagine other travellers getting upset about such sudden camp changes.
Expert Africa comments
We were very disappointed to read about this mistake on these traveller's booking at Chitabe Lediba.
On receiving this feedback we immediately reviewed Expert Africa's correspondence with Chitabe Lediba's parent company (Wilderness Safaris) during the booking process. We also forwarded on the travellers comments to Wilderness to try and find out where the error had arisen from.
Wilderness Safaris came back stating that this mistake was as a result of a systems error on their side whereby the consultant responsible for the booking unfortunately did not pick up that the system had released the reservation at Chitabe Lediba and made the booking instead at Chitabe Main Camp. Wilderness apologised profusely.
Although this mistake was a serious one Expert Africa do accept that it was down to human error and we realise it is very out of character with Wilderness' reservations department's usual high standards and levels of reliability. We were very relieved to read that this mistake didn't adversely affect these traveller's honeymoon.
Great place great team great safari
We would recommend it to our best friends. The team was fantastic, including our guide BB. The food of excellent quality and ....plenty. Rooms of royal comfort.
The safari experience surpassed our expectations.
A Luxury Camp With Outstanding Game Viewing
Chitabe Lediba was the most luxurious of the 4 camps in which we stayed in Botswana, and it provided the best game viewing experience. An excellent rating does not do it justice, it was outstanding in every respect.
We landed at the airstrip at about 12:30, expecting a 30 minute drive to the camp. However, our guide (Oats) had seen some wild dog at a waterhole on his way to collect us, so we headed straight there. The dogs were relaxing under a tree, and in the tree, far from relaxed, was a leopard. Incredible! We stayed transfixed for over an hour, observing the interaction between dogs and leopard as the leopard tried to catch the dogs off guard and make her escape. It was stalemate when we eventually moved on, but the thrills did not stop there on our drive.
Within minutes we were parked adjacent to two male lions that had stolen an impala kill from a cheetah. From there we moved on to a leopard in a tree, who was joined by her cub as we watched. By now it was mid-afternoon, and Oats arranged for food to be brought out to us as watched the leopard and her cub interact. And so it went on, until eventually, at around 19:30, having just witnessed wild dogs scattering a large herd of impala, we arrived at the lodge. We realise that we were exceptionally fortunate to have had such a drive, but what we really appreciated was that throughout that time the sole objective of our guide and the staff at the lodge was to maximise our enjoyment. That attention to our enjoyment remained throughout our two day stay.
That first game drive was a very hard act to follow, but the quality of the drives remained exceptionally high throughout our two day stay with plentiful lion sightings (including a mating pair), more leopard sightings with cubs, and a spectacular spotted hyena sighting with a mother interacting with two pups, one of which was not her own. Bird sightings were also excellent, especially water birds.
Our accommodation was spacious, comfortable and tastefully fitted out, with high quality bed linen and towels. The common areas were also comfortable and well appointed. The staff were exceptionally friendly, efficient and helpful.
We were able to charge camera batteries in our room.
Fabulous Game Viewing at Chitabe
Excellent tented camp. Very well appointed and glamorous tents.
Service from Maolosi and his team was excellent. The team joined in at meal times which provided great insights into life at the Camp and Botswana in general. Our guide OD was tremendous, our favourite of the trip.
We experienced fabulous game viewing, the best of the trip for us. We had the opportunity to watch the behaviour of predators up close and there was lots of big game, smaller game and birds.
Excellent camp loved OD our guide
This camp was lovely and very clean. OD our guide was fantastic!Read more about the whole safari
Chitabe Lediba review
We loved this camp. It was great, all the staff was great, we had a lovely couple from Germany who were with us for three days. We all had a terrific time.
Amazing game drives - lions, leopard cubs, and cheetah successful hunt. It can't get any better than this.
Cheetah kill at Chitabe Lediba
For our third safari we returned to a luxury camp. We stayed in Chalet 1 which had an outside shower with a wonderful view.
This was our first taste of driving through deep water and we had an expert driver and guide in Oats. On our second day we got the call to say 4 cheetahs had been spotted. It was a mother and 3 two-year-old cubs hunting. Watching the cubs chasing their prey was amazing. They were too impatient and their would-be victim always managed to escape. Eventually the mother brought down a young impala and Oats was there for the kill. We spent most of the day with them. Lunch was brought out to us in the bush.
There were other special moments....two-month-old leopard twins playing together; newborn giraffe; three adult lions (brothers) hunting; three 14-month-old lion cubs; getting stuck in the muddy water and having to jack up our Land Rover at front and back.
The weather was very cold and on our last morning we had a significant frost. Hot water bottles were needed for afternoon and morning game drives.