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Chitabe Camp
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nyc
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“Outstanding”
Reviewed 14 June 2014

This was our 5th safari, so we know good from average, plus we have been to Wilderness camps 10 times, yes including Mombo. This camp is absolutely charming. The staff is outstanding, and our guide was better than any we have had at any camp we have ever been - period. The service was terrific, the accommodations lovely, and the camp itself just perfect. We saw leopard with 2 cubs, cheetah, lions, you name it. And the sunrises and sunsets were spectacular! It is also a bird lovers paradise... My best regards to Jossie, and to the best guide, O.D. To O.D. I say " son of a gun" I miss you! With love from your friends from NYC who were with you the last week in May. We hope to visit again soon....

  • Stayed May 2014, travelled as a couple
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WildernessSafaris, Manager at Chitabe Camp, responded to this review, 4 July 2014
Thank you for the lovely feedback. It is a wonderful compliment and we are so pleased that Chitabe was able to exceed your expectations and to make your holiday such a memorable one. We will be sure to pass on your best wishes to OD and Jossie and we hope to see you back at Chitabe on your 6th safari.
All the best, the Chitabe Team.
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Chicago, Illinois
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Reviewed 2 April 2014

We stayed in Chitabe for 3 nights. What made our stay was our guide Oats. We've stayed in 5 other camps (also on our prior trip) and Oats was the best guide we had anywhere. He is very positive, upbeat, fun, energetic and, of course, knowledgeable. He never gave up on looking for the cheetahs until we eventually found them all, a male on one day, and female with three young ones on our last day. That day that we found the male we also saw 3 separate "just-after" kills, two prides of lions, one with a baby zebra kill, one with a fully grown zebra kill and a leopard with an impala kill. And tons of other animals. We stayed in the bush all day that day, the camp staff brought us delicious lunch. Oh, and on our second full day, Oats offered to sacrifice his siesta and go with us into the bush right after lunch!! We were unlucky that afternoon and our jeep got stuck in mud and yet again Oats displayed amazing attitude and experience and got us out in no time.
The tents are on the weaker side, I was very surprised to find a lot of man-made materials like glass in the windows and metal used as railings, which I did not see in any other camps before. But they are having issues with baboons in that camp, so perhaps it was necessary in order to prevent breakings. Food was great, staff as well, and again, we came there for the game viewing, which was unsurpassed.

Room Tip: We stayed in tent No. 1, the furthest from the main lodge on the one end of camp.
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  • Stayed March 2014, travelled as a couple
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WildernessSafaris, Guest Relations Manager at Chitabe Camp, responded to this review, 13 August 2014
Dear karobu1,

Thank you for your brilliant review, we are thrilled that you had such a great experience at our camp and that Oats helped enrich your safari experience. We will be sharing your kind words with him and the rest of our staff in camp.

The abundance of general game has attracted most of the predator species, allowing them to be easily spotted throughout the month. Evening game drives have been excellent and last week a family of five honey badgers was sighted. Normally one may see one or two, but five together is indeed a very rare sighting. That most elusive of nocturnal animals, the ant-eater or aardvark, was also seen on two different occasions. The guests did not initially appreciate the rarity of seeing an aardvark, but the guides’ overwhelming enthusiasm made it very clear that this was a once-in-a-lifetime event.

Thank you again and we hope that you are able to return to our camp soon,
The Team at Chitabe
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Allentown, PA
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Reviewed 18 March 2014

This was our first stop in Botswana of three. We went from Chitabe to Little Vumbra to Kings Pool then home.

Ebs picked us up at the airport and drove us back to camp. very nice guide. Luke then did the rest of our game drives.

We saw seemingly everything Botswana had to offer. Two eagle owls perched in the same tree vocallizing to each other (must be breeding season for eagle owls!)....leopards....lions....cape buffalo.....giraffe....elephants.....and birds galore.

One of the highlights for me was seeing a Martial Eagle perched - then go down on a rock monitor lizard and 'cape it' - then jump up on a log with the (huge) dead lizard.

We also saw a hyena den with two sets of two cubs.....very neat - and pretty predictable

We had great photo ops - met some great staff and guests and had a great time. My sense is that if you are not having a great time at one of these camps - you better look yourself in the mirror and question yourself!

Room Tip: we had tent #7....I don't think there is much variation in the tents. Tent #8 looked more into...
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  • Stayed March 2014, travelled with family
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WildernessSafaris, Guest Relations Manager at Chitabe Camp, responded to this review, 13 August 2014
Dear BenSAllentown_PA,

Thank you for your enthusiastic review, we are glad to hear that you had a great time with Luke and the rest of our staff at Chitabe.

During the month of March, Moalosi and Kay were at the helm of Chitabe Lediba and the combination of their experience and knowledge made all our guests feel at home and enjoy their safari experiences. At Chitabe Main Camp the team was driven by Six, Charity, Masedi and Conny. We would like to welcome Conny to the Chitabe Team. Conny has managed several camps within the Wilderness Safaris group. Her friendly personality with both guests and staff, and her impressive management skills have made her an easy fit within our family.

Our guiding team for the month was Duke, Gordon, Ebineng, Oats, Luke and Doctor. Ebineng, more commonly known as Ebs, has been appointed as the new Head Guide as of the beginning of March. Our former Head Guide Phinley, who had been with Chitabe for more than 16 years, retired at the end of February and is currently working on his farm in the Kasane region of Botswana. Ebineng comes with a wealth of experience and has been a guide at Chitabe for the last 15 years. His calm disposition, experience and mature sense of leadership made him the natural choice to fill this position of responsibility and we wish him great success.

Thank you again,
The Team at Chitabe
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Fremont, California
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Reviewed 2 October 2013

We arrive at Chitabe hearing the traditional welcome song, while to my left and too close for comfort was an elephant munching on some leaves. Our room was very comfortable, the farthest one from the lodge. From the veranda we were sorrounded by nature. Some hornbills were pecking at the window, seen tehir own reflexion and trying to start a fight. Every noon, a band of baboons decided to make the roof of our tent their playground and I filmed the canvas shaking under the onslaught of mainly very young baboons sliding on the sides. There were some high openings covered in chicken wire for ventilation close to the roof, and sometimes one of them would perch there and look at us inside wondering. There was an elephant that roamed at night, we could hear the crunching of leaves so near, and sometimes if he got too close, the tent would shake a little, but we never worried. Our guide Phinley, was superb. As I was very interested in photography, and carrying 4 cameras with lenses frfom 24-70 to 500mm he always managed to place the vehicle so the light and the shot were great. I wanted very badly to see leopards, as in myh previous visit to Tanzania I aonly caught a glimpse of one. Rather late one evening we heard one had been sighted, a mother with 2 cubs, and we headed for the area. Only a certain number of vehicles are allowed on one site so there were already 3 vehicles, with I believe is the max. Courtesy imposes to the first vehicle that arrived to retire and be replaced by ours, and we got to take a number of pictures with flash. But Phinley agreed to start very early the next day, and we located in the general area the mother and cubs with the breaking light. We were alone and got to take great pictures including one of the cubs eating from a kill that was carefully hidden in the vegetation. The food was excellent, the staff extremely friendly. We saw an incredible variety fo wildlife. I am enclosing a picture of an elephand brosing outside my tent.
Great experience.

Stayed September 2013, travelled as a couple
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WildernessSafaris, Manager at Chitabe Camp, responded to this review, 4 October 2013
Thank you for your lovely review and we are so pleased that you enjoyed your experience at Chitabe. Phinley is indeed, “superb”. He is such a knowledgeable and experienced guide and has been with Chitabe for 15 years. We are happy that you were able to get great sightings of leopards and no doubt some great photographs as well.
Kind regards, the Chitabe Team.
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Texas
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Reviewed 15 September 2013

Overall a beautiful camp in a great location. Staff was very good although the camp manager was not as visible relative to other Wilderness Safari camps we have visited. Thought breakfast was a bit weak on selection rest of meals very good. We had one room issue, the shower drain did not drain adequately and water goes on to wooden floor. We pointed this out to the camp staff.

  • Stayed August 2013, travelled as a couple
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New York City, New York
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Reviewed 29 August 2013

We stayed at Duma Tau and Little Vumbura before spending two nights at Chitabe. I found the other two properties to be more luxurious and had better food, and the service was definitely much better at the other two camps. However, I am still giving Chitabe five-stars because the animal viewing was just amazing and I wouldn't have wanted to miss Chitabe. Upon our arrival, we saw a pride of lions on our way from the airstrip to camp. We also saw: a cheetah on the hunt, a porcupine, a lion eating a buffalo, leopard, hippos, two very curious hyaena pups etc... There was an elephant hanging out right next to the dining room. We were in Africa to see wildlife and the animal viewing at Chitabe was absolutely amazing.

  • Stayed August 2013, travelled with family
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Chicago, Illinois
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Reviewed 26 August 2013

Terrific camp with comfortable accommodations and attentive staff. We saw an incredible amount of wildlife. The guides were very knowledgeable and helpful and the food, fabulous! Great cooking! Clean rooms and we had a nice view of the landscape.

  • Stayed July 2013, travelled with family
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Property: Chitabe Camp
Address: | bordering Moremi Game Reserve, Botswana
Region: Botswana > North-West District > Okavango Delta
Amenities:
Bar / Lounge Beverage Selection Children Activities (Kid / Family Friendly) Restaurant Suites Swimming Pool Wheelchair access
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Ranked #27 of 71 Speciality Lodging in Okavango Delta
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): ££££
Hotel Class:3.5 star — Chitabe Camp 3.5*
Number of rooms: 8
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
The archetypal Okavango game-viewing destination. Raised on decks on a beautiful tree island in the south-east of the Okavango, Chitabe Camp looks out across a Delta floodplain that is transformed during winter from dry rushes to lush oasis, one of only a few distinct habitats in this diverse concession. Back in camp, the thatched dining and lounge area provide beautiful views, while each tent exudes its own personality, aided by superb fine art wildlife photographs. A pool provides cool sanctuary in the heat of the day. Highlights: On this classic safari experience, game drives take in the different habitats - the variety of these ensures that there is an equal diversity of wildlife, including big game such as elephant and buffalo, but also a range of plains game species like wildebeest, tsessebe and lechwe in numbers that support healthy lion, leopard and hyaena numbers, as well as regular visits by wild dog and cheetah. The camp is composed of 8 tents: spacious en-suite Meru-type tents, individually styled; outdoor shower; double vanity basins. Experiences include: day and night game drives • guided walks (on request). ... more   less 
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