Reviews of Chitabe Lediba
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Chitabe Lediba - many sightings
This very good camp gave us probably the most sightings of our trip, leopards, hyaenas a (very small) lion pride, a very old male lion and the usual antelopes, etc.
Our guide, Paul, was very good and tried really hard. That he is also a photographer helped
The only flaws appeared at the very end of our stay, due very obviously to some problems in camp management/communications, which, together with problems in Wilderness Air left us for 3 hours+ in the noon heat at the air strip and nearly cost us the p.m. drive at Duma Tau.
The camp manager, Mr. Mooal....? (large, used to be at Duba Plains, very important in his own mind) spends most of his time driving friends around; asst. mgr., M.s Charity (very educated, in camp for 3 monyhs, her first amin. job) is mostly in charge; *very* assertive. Arranged for us to finish a.m. drive at the airstrip (against recommendation by our guide). In the meantime Wilderness Air, after the usual time changes had problems with two planes. There was no timely communication from camp; our guide tried repeatedly to get some answers - a plane was supposedly fly to Maun and then pick us up. It never happened. Two planes landed (with space), no luck. Camp manager drove by, said hello & left. Our guide tried to contact camp general manager, was told to "take message & stand by" - nothing for an hour. No contact, no info for 3 hours.
Eventually a plane came, we got to Duma Tau; no time for lunch, but we got to p.m. drive.
Home of the Leopard
In three days we were fortunate enough to see three leopards, all wonderfully positioned for great photography. Chitabe seems to have the best game densities of the three camps that we visited.
The staff is incredible, the food outstanding. One night they served dinner in the "boma" and the following night it was dinner around the pool. We loved the fact that it is a small camp.
Our guide, Gordon was great fun and "Flame", who was doing his guide training, added another set of eyes and a sunny personality. The only negative, and not a huge one, was the afternoon helicopter sightseeing flights from the nearly soccer field. No one in camp, not the guests nor the guides nor the staff, was happy with this as it was beyond their control. It wouldn't preclude us from returning but it takes away the tranquility of the area, it makes resting in the afternoon next to impossible and certainly must affect the wildlife.
Chitabe Lediba is a fantastic camp.
This was a fantastic camp. The staff welcomed us with a song which was lovely. They also sang to us after our dinner one night..
Our tent was very luxurious and we had an outdoor shower (as well as an indoor one) where we could watch the wildlife while we showered.
Our guide had a great sense of humour.
The only negative was that on a couple of nights there was not quite enough food. This was probably because there was a party of people there with very healthy appetites. Once they left the portions seemed to be adequate.
Baboons & 3 Lion Prides at Chitabe Lediba
A perfect place to conclude our 1st trip to Botswana & Africa. Like the 4 other Wilderness Safaris camps where we stayed ---this was 1st rate. We would definitely return here.
We were greatly entertained by a large troop of mischievious baboons grazing in the expansive grasses bordering our deck--many babies riding atop or clinging to the belly of their mamas. Then we saw them all running back after being chased off by staff for trying to steal food in lounge area.
Incredible fortune to observe 3 lion prides. Jaw-dropping amazing to discover our jeep was in the middle of 8 resting lionesses & cub. Saw them again later waking up & setting off to hunt. Watched 2 lions loudly crunching away at their kill. All this was closeup and fascinating.
We didn't want to go home so soon, so each animal, bird & landscape we encountered seemed especially precious. Our last morning outing, gave us just one more time to see different animal species, almost like a parade all the way to the airstrip.
We loved the way the rooms have been re-decorated.
The staff was extremely friendly and the food was very good.
The guide was not the best we had on this trip.
Chitabe Lediba review
This camp has the feel of a larger organisation, being so close to the bigger Chitabe camp. The rooms are very large and have a modern, clean feel. Lovely comfy chairs to relax on both indoors and on the verandah. Large communal areas and a very relaxed feel to the camp.
The splash pool area is lovely and definitely the nicest pool of all the camps we stayed at. Our guide Mo was extremely knowledgable and skilled as well as entertaining. The game viewing was the best of our trip. The food was very good quality and well presented.
Great atmosphere at Chitabe Lediba
Very warm welcome from a great team of locals. Beautiful wood and thatch sitting/dining area. Food was first class and the BBQ evening lead by Malussi and all the staff, who danced and sang for us, was wonderful.
Lots of birds around the camp including a pair of grey hornbills nesting in a tree next to our tent who came to peck at our window and offer us insects. Lots of beautiful Cape glossy and Burchell's starlings.
Landscapes were beautiful; the cheetah were elusive but we did see a large pride of lions with their kill and the lions' hierarchy inter-action was fascinating. Although we didn't see a huge amount of animals during our drives, on our departure to the airstrip in the space of 45 minutes we saw: baboon, impala, tsessebe, a group of 6 giraffe, 2 warthogs, a leopard, 2 ostrichs, 3 mongoose and a steenbok all within a few metres of our jeep! Just shows you never know what to expect.
Chitabe Lediba review
Chitabe Lediba is exceptional in many aspects: landscape and vegetation, luxurious tents which were refurbished in 2011, impressive mix of wildlife and very supportive staff and management. The BBQ in the Boma with performing staff was very good.
Wildlife included many leopards, male and female lions (with cubs), a cheetah and many birds. Ebs was our exceptional guide: low key but very knowledgable. The food was very good. The menu was every day discussed with Moalosi, and adapted to diabetic requirements. Moalosi and his staff did an excellent job.
A great camp, could not be better.
The camp was well run, superb service and food like the others. The manager, Lucy was exceptional, a fascinating, intelligent individual and a wonderful conversationalist creating a warm atmosphere among the guests.
The guide, Ebs, was the best among the good guides leading to the siting of lion families with their cubs and other reat scenes. His long experience as a guide and his sensitivity to animal behavior, as well as our widhes, led to the possibility of watching complex animal interactions, instead of quick photography and rushing off to the next scene.
The artistic taste of the camp owner was evident in the beautiful art which devorated the camp.
Chitabe Lediba - luxury camp and many cats
After another short but very scenic flight we reached Chitabe - the final destination of our safari!
We stayed for 3 nights at Chitabe Lediba, the smaller and more private sister camp of Chitabe main camp, with only 5 very luxury accommodations. Also service, food and everything else was excellent. They offer game drives in the morning and afternoon (ending as a night drive!) and of course (like in all private concessions) with the opportunity to drive off road!
Our guide at Chitabe was Molemi (very experienced) who tracked different prides of lions and the two big males that rule the concession since 8 years!! He also spotted a beautiful leopard posing for us on ground and in a tree.
The famous wild dog pack has moved after the alpha female was killed by a lion and the remaining alpha male had to look for another female! There are cheetahs (also 3 brothers) in this area but although Molemi did a very good job we unfortunately haven't seen one. Beside the predators you can see many other animals like elephants, buffaloes, different species of antelopes (incl. Lechwe) ....
The landscape in Chitabe is amazing: you can see floodplains, open water, woodland but also open grassland!
Although all camps we've visited were great at least Chitabe was our favorite one because of it's very private atmosphere.
So we can highly recommend it!