Chitabe Lediba

Reviews of Chitabe Lediba

Excellent(96%) From 78 travellers
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Below are independent comments from 78 of our travellers who have visited Chitabe Lediba, and have kindly agreed to share their thoughts.

They do not necessarily represent the views of Expert Africa.
Mr & Mrs J from Hinckley
Arrived on: 6-Nov-2019 Stayed for: 3 nights
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Chitabe Lediba review

An absolutely sublime stay, the camp was fabulous, the staff were lovely and looked after our every need. The tents were excellent, superbly fitted out, with all the recharging facilities you could need.

The game drives were out of this world, just us and Ebbs, nothing was too much trouble. As there was only us, we with Ebbs decided what we wanted to do and look for. Highlights included tracking a leopard, by Ebbs watching the environment, and the barman/camp photographer Jay, hearing a vervet monkeys alarm call, triangulating from the monkey to find a mother leopard, as if this was not enough, later in almost darkness they found the cub.

Could things get better, oh yes, on the final morning, we were so fortunate to be present, when they found a lioness, with three 6 week old cubs, that no one had seen before. The Chitabe area operates a strict policy of maximum 3 vehicles at a sighting, only once did this occur, most of the time there is just one vehicle and with the first siting of the lioness and her cubs only one vehicle was allowed, we were lucky enough to get 35-40 minutes, before moving on. The morning continued with another large lion pride, and 3 White Rhino's. Absolutely fabulous, so a massive thanks to Ebs and Jay.

Thanks also to the camp staff for the anniversary cake, a superb stay, thanks to all.

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FunOnly from Calgary
Arrived on: 27-Sep-2019 Stayed for: 2 nights
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The most complete Safari experience

The Chitabe Lodge was the highlight of our 4 week trip to Africa. We wished that we had spent more time there, as two days were not enough. A rhino sighting was on our wish list and our excellent guide, Dennis, made it happen because of his excellent tracking skills, on the last morning before heading to the airport.

The lodge has been adversely affected by the drought so that the water is several hundred meters away instead of in front of the lodge. We had an idea of how spectacular the view could have been when we drove over the rustic wooden bridge leading away from the lodge.

The staff were wonderful, efficient and personable. It was pleasing to see that all the management team were Botswana natives and most were from the region surrounding the camp, it was clear that the camp was benefitting the local economy. The facilities at the camp were excellent but would be enhanced with WiFi serve in the tents and solar heating of the outdoor pool. These additions would be most appreciated by guests spending 3 or more days at the lodge, for a two day stay we were so busy that we did not have time to miss the amenities.

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Mrs M from So. California
Arrived on: 25-Aug-2019 Stayed for: 3 nights
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Loved this lodge. The staff are incredible.

The staff is exceptionally warm and caring. They know your name. They are friendly. Our safari guide "OD" was incredible. He had a great sense of humor and he knew exactly where to find the animals. In fact, he managed to find a leopard in a tree with its dead impala hanging over a branch, simply by looking at a bird perched on a tree limb!

The food at this lodge was plentiful. Some meals were better than others. This is because the chef rotated with every meal. (Our only recommendation for improvement would be to use one of the more excellent chefs consistently, instead of rotating.) We loved dining at the long table with everyone. We also loved the private dinner on our last night.

Our room #1 was over the top beautiful, with a view of the water. Warning to some: There is no internet, except for emergencies. Personally, we loved being off the grid for a few days! If we are lucky enough to return to Botswana, we would return to OD and Chitabe Lediba. This year was VERY dry due to the drought, and it would be nice to see the area under more "normal" conditions.

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Mr J. from Tring
Arrived on: 11-May-2019 Stayed for: 4 nights
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amazing wildlife variety

the rooms were excellent with two separate identical units both with good views and linked by decking and shared walkway

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Mrs M. from London
Arrived on: 22-Sep-2018 Stayed for: 3 nights
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Frustrated at Chitabe Lediba

We were disappointed with the way our stay at this camp was managed. There were 7 people in the vehicle with the guide on 4 drives out of 6 when other vehicles were leaving the camp with only one couple in them. This was not what we expected at this level and made the drives often frustrating in terms of communicating with the guide, positioning the vehicle for sightings, having some level of spontaneity with photo taking, etc.

When we registered our concern with the staff, we were told no other option available. This also meant that we were restricted by flight schedules on 2 morning drives which had to be curtailed to get back to the airstrip. We did not have time to do the drive the guide had mentioned to the edge of the concession where the rhinos and cheetahs are. We did drive in that direction on the last morning and skirted the area.

It was a great shame as it was a particularly beautiful part of the concession and the guide did say that, had we had more time, he would have driven in much further.

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Mr P M & family from UK
Arrived on: 18-May-2018 Stayed for: 3 nights
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Chitabe Lediba review

This was the highlight of our holiday. The camp was exceptional - the location, diverse landscapes, accomodation, staff and the food.

The game drives were excellent - we saw lots of game and bird life and the scenery and landscapes were beautiful. Our guide, Duke, was very knowledgeable and personable and we really enjoyed his company. Three nights was ideal here, allowing us to relax, see a lot of wildlife and enjoy the experience.

We would strongly recommend this camp and would love to return one day.

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Mrs & Mr G from Washington
Arrived on: 5-Mar-2018 Stayed for: 3 nights
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Chitabe Lediba review

Rooms: This camp was very nice. We asked several times about who the host is and it was never clear who was the host. We found out at another camp that Chitabe Lediba is managed by Wilderness Safaris but is owned by Botswana hence there is no "management couple" on site.. The rooms are permanent tents which were in excellent condition and what we have encountered in previous Wilderness camps. The bad thing about the tents is that the floors are like ice and very slippery in socks. They should warn people.

We were able to use our CPAPs with no problem. We were never offered distilled water so we used bottled water.

Activities: The game drives were wonderful and we even saw one of the S. African black rhinos that have been relocated in Botswana - a rare sighting! Our guide was excellent and was able to point out many birds and animals. The highlight was we found that termites were coming out of the ground on the wing. We have the most amazing picture where by at the end of the airport runway we found on the ground - eagles, vultures, Kori bustards, and jackels all together catching the termites as they came out. There were Starlings above to catch the ones that escaped. It was one of the most amazing things we have ever seen on safari.

We also found out from another Wilderness camp that we should have received metal water bottles to take with us on safari. Instead we were given water that was in plastic bottles straight from a store. We thought it strange based on Wilderness Safari's commitment to eco-conservation.

Food: The food was also very good. It had a lot of variety, including local dishes for us to try. The staff who took care of meals, beverages and rooms were very nice and we enjoyed interacting with them.

Facilities: The main Lodge area was very nice and clean. Meals were done buffet style which was nice.

We heartily recommend this camp to others.

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Expert Africa comments

Chitabe Lediba responded by advising that they do not have a Management Couple per se, but does have a management team consisting of 3 people. During the time these guests were in camp, they would have seen a number of different managers as we were doing a few training courses and had to rotate some of the team around, this was a temporary rotation.

We have recently changed the product we use on our wooden floors in the tents and we are confident that the floors will no longer be slippery. Even though we have placed timely orders for the stainless steel water bottles many months ago, the stock had still not arrived at the time these guests were in camp, therefore we had to revert to using the plastic bottles. Again, this was a temporary situation and we apologise that our staff did not explain this properly at the time. We are very pleased that they rated their overall stay as excellent.

Mrs C from London
Arrived on: 20-Jan-2018 Stayed for: 3 nights
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Chitabe Lediba review

friendly atmosphere, safari drives excellent, food excellent
swimming pool was disappointing -- very small = more like a bath
very little nice views

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Peacocks/LC from USA
Arrived on: 28-Aug-2017 Stayed for: 2 nights
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Variety at Lediba

We chose Chitabe Lediba as our final camp because of it's reputation for high quality game viewing.

We experienced excellent management, a wonderful experienced resident guide in Duke, and a wide variety of excellent game. The terrain is an interesting mix of water filled channels, dry upland, and plains bordering the southern boundary of the Moremi.

Elephants were resident, the birdlife was exceptional as many species were feeding on aquatic life in the receding waterholes and channels, there were two resident lion prides, a female leopard and her cub, resident painted dogs, and finally a beautiful female cheetah. The journey along the northern channel was a "garden of eden" mix of impala, kudu, giraffe, zebra, warthog and elephant. Lediba would be exceptional in the Green season.

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Mr L & Mrs O from Indiana
Arrived on: 12-Feb-2017 Stayed for: 3 nights
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Second Great Experience at Chitabe Lediba

You simply can't find a better camp. This was our second stay here, this time during the rainy season and it was just as fabulous. Great game viewing, a surprise bush lunch and dinner in the boma. Great leopard sightings, wild dogs and more.

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