If there is one place in the world I would return again and again, it is to Chitabe. I traveled with a college alumni educational package tour, and the dozen of us on the tour spent three nights in Chitabe, (also traveling to South Africa and Zambia) but it seemed like a month - in a great way. We saw so much wildlife, I made so many close friends, I learned so much culture, biology, and bird identification, that it seemed a semester of study was crammed into a few days. A birders paradise, our CHitabe guide taught me 80 new species in two full days of safari. Seriously. We tracked leopards, followed lion prides on their hunt, saw more stars in an expansive sky that seemed to stretch from the earths curvature in all directions, listened to native staff harmonies over a night campfire. The staff, food, and comfort was impeccable. Not luxurious, in a soft,pampered, top of the line, newest and most fasionable, superficial and flashy way. But in an environmentally conscious, friendly and helpful, fresh and wholesome, part of nature, intelligent and reasonable kind of way. I could live happily there and never leave. I was there in the dry season, and every day with the guides was spectacularly beautiful, though hot. If it is possible to love a place, I love Chitabe, and by extension, all the Okavango Delta of Botswana. I did not make my own travel arrangements to get there, so I am not familiar with the expense of doing that. We took a tiny private plane from Maun, Botswana into the Delta, to be picked up by land rover and driven a hour or so to the camp. The view from the plane was exciting from the co-pilot's seat, and the Landrover trip to the camp was a guided safari of dozens of species. The entire trip had the feel of visiting friends on a private, isolated tour of their land. Not a group, Disneyland, landrover safari tour with dozens of people driving around looking at canned exhibits (like in other So. African tours we went on). We seldom saw another landrover, or person, outside of our one six person truck driving around in nature all alone. The concession is so large as to feel like you are one with the natural environment. The animals do no act like they are familiar with people, or care that we are there. A biologist's or naturalist's dream environment. I want to tell NO ONE about this place, so that it will be preserved for me and me only. Guess I ruined that here.
- 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
- Also Known As:
- Chitabe Camp Hotel Okavango Delta
- Chitabe Camp Botswana/Okavango Delta