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.
- 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