Spotlight on Chitabe Camp

by Sandy Salle on June 7, 2012

On a beautiful island, southeast of the Okavango Delta, in Botswana, you will find Chitabe Camp, situated in a private concession area. The Chitabe Concession covers 28,000 hectares (1 hectare is the equivalent of approximately 2.47 acres) of pristine, Okavango Delta wilderness. It borders the Moremi Game Reserve and is nuzzled between two main rivers, the Gomoti to the east and the Santantadibe to the west.

The climate in this region can fluctuate from cold to hot, depending on the time of year. The rainy months are typically between December and March. December through February are the warmest months with daytime temperatures as high as 104F (40C), and warm nights. Humidity levels fluctuate from 50% to 80%. March through May, the temperatures are much more confortable, with a maximum of 86F (30C) during the day, and mild to cool nights. June through August are the dry and cold winter months. Temperatures at this time of year can be mild to warm, but once the sun goes down, the temperatures in the Delta are barely above freezing.  September through November see temperature levels, once again, on the rise.

Chitabe Camp consists of eight spacious tents, tastefully decorated in Meru-style, built on elevated wood decks, and situated among a canopy of indigenous trees. Each tent has its own facilities (with flush-toilets and hot water), twin beds, and both an indoor and outdoor shower. To facilitate the extraordinary view across the Illala palm dotted floodplain of the Okavango Delta, the thatched dining, pub, and lounge areas are built on raised decks and can be accessed from your room via a raised teak walkway. From the walkways, you can safely view wildlife frequently moving through camp.

A light continental breakfast consisting of tea, coffee, juices, and pastries is served in the dining area. Dinner is usually three courses, and while the starter and dessert is served to you, the main course is buffet style. Tea is offered in the afternoon, accompanied with some sweet and tasty snacks. Also, guests who are feeling the heat of the day can take a refreshing dip in the pool.

This area is one of the best places to view a large variety of game, birds, and habitats, some indigenous only to the Okavango Delta. Contrast and diversity of landscape such as floodplains, waterways, marshlands, woodlands, forests, and open grasslands, which are not found in areas further north, play a large role in providing this wide range and abundant amount of wildlife and habitat on the Okavango Delta. As a result of this mosaic of landscape, the area will deliver some breathtaking views as well!

Luxury African safaris at Chitabe Camp are offered with an experienced guide, and include game drives in an open 4×4 vehicle, along with nature walks, and fantastic bird watching. Always an awesome sight, you will most likely be able to see an African elephant, the black rhinoceros, the Cape buffalo, the lion, and the leopard, collectively known as the “Big Five.” Safaris are available both day and night. Aside from the “Big Five,” and among other mammals, you can typically expect to see a hippo, cheetah, giraffe, zebra, tsessebe, impala, and wild dogs as well. At night guests have the opportunity to view mammals that are more nocturnal, such as the civet, serval, genet, porcupine, and aardwolf. The African Hawk Eagle and Hooded Vulture often make their nests on the island. On the palm-filled landscape of the Chitabe Camp, you can view families of Ground Hornbill, Greater Honeyguide, Scarlet-Chested Sunbird, Red-Billed Hornbill, Gabar Goshawk, and Red-Billed Francolin.

This is a camp full of warmth and character, with a “small community” ambience. You can’t help but make friends and get to know everyone at the camp who shares your common interest! (Even your guide will sit down and have dinner with you.) It is said that “actions speak louder than words,” and nowhere is this phrase more evident than at Chitabe Camp. It is obvious, through their actions (and words), that the outstanding and friendly staff are proud and loyal employees, who cannot do enough for you, most having served the Camp since its inception seven years ago. They truly love what they do, and it shows! They will help turn your trip to this little gem of an oasis on the grand Okavango Delta into an amazing adventure that you will not soon forget!

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