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Chitabe Lediba Camp
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Porto, Portugal
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29 reviews
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“One place one cannot miss in the Okavango Delta”
Reviewed October 21, 2013

There are so many camps nowadays in Botswana, however there are two that been own by the same people and runned beautifully by them, will remain in my top list and will always reccomend to my friends and my clients: CHITABE LEDIBA and CHITABE.
The location is fabulous....the atmosphere unique and yes, you don't get to be pressured in doing this and rushing up for meals and other things. You really are HOME! This is MY HOME in Botswana! You are the best!

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  • Stayed November 2012, traveled solo
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WildernessSafaris, Manager at Chitabe Lediba Camp, responded to this review, October 24, 2013
Thank you Irene for your kind words, a Home away from Home is exactly what we are trying to achieve at Chitabe and Chitabe Lediba and we are so pleased that you love the camps as much as we do. The Chitabe camps are indeed owned and operated by the same people who won the original lease in 1996. We have been operating the Chitabe camps for 17 years now and we have recently had our lease renewed by the Botswana Government for a further 15 years. Operating these camps is a labour of love and we are truly passionate about we do.
Thank you for your lovely comments and we hope to welcome you back soon.
The Chitabe team.
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Boca Raton, Florida
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Reviewed October 18, 2013

Chitabe Lediba was an amazing safari experience. The camp consists of beautifully appointed “tents” connected by raised boardwalks, with outstanding views of a local watering hole frequently visited by elephant, kudu and other wildlife. We were lucky enough to have visited the camp on Botswana’s Independence Day and were treated to an extended teatime presentation on the history of Botswana, as well as a special Boma dinner celebration featuring singing, dancing and dinner cooked over an open fire served under the starry sky. Mo and Charity were the perfect host and hostess, LJ saw to our every drinking pleasure, and the staff was attentive to our every need. Phinley, our expert guide, not only ensured that we were treated to cheetahs, leopards, lions, wild dogs and other local wildlife, but we were always perfectly positioned to take advantage of the best views for our coveted photographs. Can’t wait to return.

  • Stayed October 2013, traveled with friends
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florida
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Reviewed October 12, 2013

Chitabe Lediba was our third stop on our first safari experience, following Victoria Falls Safari Lodge and Ngoma.

We loved the contrast to the elegance of Ngoma, and truly felt that we were in the wild on our own, but very secure in the company of a wonderful staff led by Moe and Charity, and an absolutely incredible guide named Phinley, who was beyond amazing. The camp was really comfortable, the food was very good, and we were always secure. The night times were incredible as we could hear and feel the presence of wild animals literally outside of our doors, which was intense but fabulous. We even had a dinner experience outside with entertainment from the great staff.

In addition to the usual sightings, we saw a pack of 4 lions right in front of us, a cheetah, several leopards, and . . . an incredible experience following a pack of four wild dogs beginning with their playing among themselves, to a stalking over 4 to 5 kilometers and probably lasting a solid 45 minutes, ending up in an impala kill. It was intense, incredible, ohmigosh! Thank you in particular to Phinley and Charity!

  • Stayed October 2013, traveled with friends
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Chicago, Illinois, United States
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Reviewed July 19, 2013

Beautiful place with amazing attentive staff, beautiful spacious rooms and wonderful food. Moalusi, Kay and team provide constant brilliant surprises from picnics in the bush to dinners under the stars. The camp comes complete with friendly elephant who hangs out by the bar.

Stayed June 2013, traveled as a couple
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Boston, Massachusetts
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Reviewed July 19, 2013

The tents and common areas at at Chitabe Lediba are perfectly appointed. As you might see from my pictures, the interiors of the tents are nearly indistinguishable from the interior of a five star hotel. I really appreciated the ability to charge batteries in the tents. The food is excellent. With one exception, there is really no room for improvement in the facility itself -- that exception is the hot water which was in very short supply.

The tents and the rest of the camp are connected by a beautiful boardwalk. I prefer to feel the ground beneath my feet on safari but I can understand how others might prefer not to get their feet dirty. The staff is very professional and friendly though I felt a level of detachment that I didn't feel at the three other (Kwando) camps we visited. There was also a bit less of a "go with the flow" feel. For example, our morning game drive, with an ETA of 11 am, ended at 10:57. There's nothing wrong with this, per se, but when I'm on Safari I like to think I'm escaping the highly scheduled nature of day to day life and I didn't feel that here.

Having said that, we saw plenty. There is a large and active pride of lions in camp in July of 2013. During our three days in camp, we saw them devour an entire adult giraffe and then saw some of them kill a young baboon as soon as they finished. We also saw a Leopard. This camp is known for its good chance to see them. We also saw many of the more plentiful animals -- Giraffe, Elephants, Buffalo, Hippos.

On our visit, we had the chance to visit with Wilderness Safaris' Director of Sustainability. Wilderness really walks the walk in this regard.

So I understand why Chitabe Lediba is so highly rated on Trip Advisor and we very much enjoyed our visit though I prefer the atmosphere of other camps.

  • Stayed July 2013, traveled with family
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Orlando, Florida
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Reviewed July 9, 2013

We stayed in November 2013 for 3 nights. The room was beautiful with a wonderful view, deck, and outdoor shower. There is an indoor shower also.

There were only ever about 5-6 guests there total during our stay. Meal times were very intimate with some of the staff joining us. We had many laughs and pleasant meals.

The game drives (with Gordon) were great. He was disappointed that we hadn't seen a leopard yet on our safari, so on the last day when another guide had a sighting, he RACED to make sure we saw it before our flight left for the next camp.


We have high praise for all of the Wilderness Lodges we have stayed at over the years and for Wilderness Air. We look forward to doing a third safari with them in 2015.

  • Stayed November 2012, traveled as a couple
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SF
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Reviewed July 2, 2013

Chitabe Lediba camp was our first camp of three in the Okavanga Delta, and our first safari experience ever. In sum it was a fantastic experience, and we loved our three nights there.

Chitabe Lediba is one of three camps operated on this particular government concession area. The other is the sister camp Chitabe, and another camp operated by another concessionaire (&Beyond) that is about an hour drive away. The two Chitabe camps are managed by a large newly-listed South Africa based safari company, Wilderness Safaris.

You don't really have any contact with the larger Chitabe camp when you are on the Lediba side, since although they are spitting distance close, you are not supposed to walk off of the camp for safety reasons, so you can't just saunter over there. The only contact is that you might have is to occasionally see a Chitabe safari vehicle with people you don't know (since Chitabe Lediba has at most 12 guests whom you eat all your meals with, you get to know all of them quickly enough!). I was told the two camps have the same meal menus, and follow the same schedule and format. The only difference is that the Chitabe camp is larger accommodating 18 guests. Staff may rotate between the camps but at any given time, they are working only at one camp or the other. Looking at the pics of Chitabe camp, the tents seem different at CL - seemingly a little newer.

The Lediba camp is set up with common areas like the dining room/lounge/firepit, and the take off point for safari drives in the middle, and and a boardwalk extending to either side with three tent cabins coming off the boardwalk set under the cover of some large trees. The tent cabins have hardwood frames and wooden doors are quite well furnished with rug covered hardwood floors and beautiful darkwood furniture and a covered front patio that looks out onto an open field and a water channel beyond the field. The tents have wall "flaps" that open up and allow ventilation and view of the trees around you and in front of the cabin. The bed as comfortable and large as any in a deluxe hotel room with high quality, warm, beddings and pillows. The cabins have an indoor bathroom with shower, as well as an outdoor bathroom. The water is heated for each cabin with a solar water heater, so there is plenty of hot water for showers. The camp is kept immaculately clean and well maintained. Boardwalks are constantly swept and shiny clean, as are the common areas -- quite a feet considering the dust and vegetation all around.

The only reason they are "tents" is because by contract the concessionaire can't build permanent structures and must be able to remove the structures and return the area to its natural state if the goverment decides to end the concession.

There are nice extras I didn't expect at this camp. First there is a pair of good binoculars for you to use. We didn't know that and we each lugged a pair of binoculars to Africa. We could have just taken one pair and saved the weight! Also the rooms come with insect repellant (though we did not get any bites and didnt see any mosquitoes during our late June stay as we were told it was too cold for mosquitoes). Every night at turndown, staff lights a fragrant mosquito coil in the room. There are charging outlets with 24 hour electricity for charging batteries, etc., but if you want more than one US outlet at a time, you should bring some adapters, since the power strip only has one port of each type of four plugs. No need to bring the heavy voltage power converter that I bought for the trip either! Laundry is done for you on a complimentary basis, except your underwear (they have laundry soap in each roomand a line in the shower for air drying). Note - this is different from the two other camps we stayed at after, which provide a small mesh bag for you to put your underwear in, which is then washed and dried, and then taken out of the bag and folded and returned to you

As stated earlier, the camp is very intimate. You have dinner with the guides and the manager every night at one table. When we were there, there was only one other couple there the first night, until our third night when a large family of five with their hired guide arrived. That night we had an amazing outdoor dinner in a barbecue pit area, which was beautiful.

What I appreciated most about this camp was that it was managed and staffed entirely by Botswanans. The Botswanans were so gracious and happy to show off their country and talk about the language culture and history, and were clearly proud of Botswana and in particular its efforts to preserve its pristine park areas and the wildlife there. This wasn't the case in other camps where we stayed at, where the staff was "seen but not heard".

Our co-managers for our stay were Kay and Mloosie, who proved to be warm and very helpful professional managers, who attended to every need and desire of their guests, and seemed to have a wonderful relationship with all of the staff members there. All the staff seemed to be so happy to be working there and all worked cooperatively with a smile on their face. I also appreciated that the managers made an effort to have the staff introduce themselves to the guests and had the cooks and servers address the diners each evening before the meal to tell them what was being served. It made it feel much more like being guests at dinner rather than having workers serving you but not being heard.

Food here is well prepared. It's not gourmet, but it is tasty and plentiful, and there was always many choices of meats and vegetables and sides, such that it will appeal to any American or European palate. There wasn't any real "African" cuisine served, save for some dessert options were were told were traditional sweets.

As for the wildlife sightings - I hesitate to make any reviews of this because what you see at any particular camp is a hit-or-miss proposition that can vary by the day or hour and is out of control of the camp itself. I can say that our guide,however was excellent and well trained. His name was Ebs, and clearly he had lots of experience and intuition, as well the knowledge of all the varieties of animals and plants were were seeing to enable him to identify them on sight. But we were able to see nearly every animal that was in the area at the time, impala, elephants, jackals, leopard, cheetah with cubs, lions with cubs, kudus, wildebeest, giraffe, and all sorts of birds small and large. No wild dogs were in the area, though, despite that being one of the things Chitabe is known for. But that didn't really detract from the experience at all!

What was surprising to me on our first drive was how close we were able to get to all the animals, including lions. On our first drive out, Ebs told us that the other truck had spotted lions so we were going there to see them. I took out my binoculars when we headed their way, but we ended up driving right up to the field where the lions were sleeping and parked no more than four feet away. The lions woke up and were walking around, totally ignoring the truck. It was amazing, and somewhat thrilling to be so close to the wildlife.

As I discovered, that is one thing you get from staying at a camp such as CL on a private reserve, vs. staying in a lodge that is not on a concession but near a national park and doing safari within the national park. In the latter case, the safari trucks must stay on the road in the park, which limits the guide's ability to spot and get in viewing range of animals. Also, since a large private concession of 40000 acres may only have two or three small concessions on it, your truck is usually watching animals and following them alone. According to the rules, there can be no more than three trucks at an animal spotting, so at most there will only be two other trucks around you. In national parks we were told you can get crowds of vehicles on the road watching sightings (think Yellowstone National Park when a grizzly is sighted), which takes away from the wilderness experience.

I cannot comment on value, as the stay at CL was part of a package booked with our agent, Ultimate Africa Safari (who I can also highly recommend for putting together an itinerary exactly customized to our general interests and desires). I suspect the per night rate here is higher than we would have paid for a lodge in Chobe in Botswana, or Kruger in South Africa, but based on what I've heard of the comparison in experiences, I think if you can swing the extra cost (part of which comes from the cost of the prop flights to and from the Chitabe airstrip) it's worth the cost to get a really wonderful unique Botswana safari experience.

I have heard that CL just recently had its 5 star rating from the Botswanan concession administration approved, and I totally agree with that assessment!

  • Stayed June 2013, traveled as a couple
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Property: Chitabe Lediba Camp
Address: Botswana
Location: 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 #26 of 71 Specialty Lodging in Okavango Delta
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): $$$$
Number of rooms: 4
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
Intimate Chitabe Lediba is a perfect game viewing base for families or small groups. A lediba is a lagoon that has become a waterhole, where a variety of wildlife comes to drink. Chitabe Lediba's dining area, lounge, and pool all overlook just such a vista. The sister camp of Chitabe, it lies on the other side of the same tree island and echoes many of its sibling's qualities. The same well-appointed canvas tents are raised on decks with uniquely styled interiors, but the smaller nature of the camp offers a more intimate experience, ideal for small groups or families. Highlights: Chitabe Lediba sports that classic Okavango Delta scenery, from palm-dotted floodplains to open savannah and woodlands. This mix of Okavango (water) and Kalahari (land) makes for an excellent home to an abundant array of herbivores: giraffe, buffalo, red lechwe, tsessebe, impala and elephant, which in turn support the larger predators: lion, leopard, spotted hyaena, cheetah and the rare and charismatic wild dog. The Camp is composed of 4 Tents (including 2 Family Tents): Spacious en-suite Meru-type tents, individually styled; outdoor shower with a view; family units withadjoining en-suite bedrooms. Experiences Include: Day and night game drives and Guided walks (on request) ... more   less 
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