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Chitabe Camp
Paris / France
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31 reviews
11 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 27 helpful votes
“Wonderful place !”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed August 24, 2008

We spent 2 days at Chitabe Lediba Camp (the small camp near the main Chitabe camp). It was a wonderful stay !
With only 5 tents, this camp creates a great intimacy between the staff and the guests, and between the guests themselves. The 2 guides (OT and Oats) are so nice and so skilled, as is the whole staff of the camp ! The food is excellent with original meals !
The game was excellent during these 2 days (lions, leopards, wild dogs, cheetahs). We were probably very very lucky, but even if we hadn't seen all this, the Chitabe experience would have been totally magical !

  • Liked — Everything was magical !
  • Disliked — Everything was magical !
  • Stayed August 2008, traveled with family
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
      Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
      Service
    • 3 of 5 bubbles
      Business service (e.g., internet access)
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San Francisco, California
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41 reviews
37 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 86 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed August 19, 2008

Chitabe Camp is very well organized and run. Everything runs as expected and on schedule, the staff is very friendly and efficient. The game drives are good even if the game variety can at times be challenging. The tents are very comfortable, and the camp is well laid out and in a good location; the food was very good.

  • Liked — Hot water bottles at night in the bed!
  • Disliked — Game drives can get a bit monotonous
  • Stayed July 2008, traveled as a couple
    • 4 of 5 bubbles
      Value
    • 4 of 5 bubbles
      Location
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
      Check in / front desk
    • 4 of 5 bubbles
      Rooms
    • 4 of 5 bubbles
      Cleanliness
    • 4 of 5 bubbles
      Service
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Miami, Florida
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3 reviews
3 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 14 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed June 10, 2008

This was the 2nd of 3 safari camps we stayed at during a 9 night and 10 days safari trip. We went to Kwetsani first, then Chitabe, and ended with Savuti Camp. In comparison this was personally my least favorite of the camps due to many reasons comparatively, yet it was still very nice. Out of the 3, these rooms/accommodations were the least luxurious, food was just ok, nothing compared to the other camps, the Management was run by Dawson, and although he was pleasant, by no means compared to the other 2 camps. We felt we were "guests" at this camp unlike where we felt we were at "home" at Kwetsani and Savuti camp. We had heard that Newman was and excellent guide and had requested him, and he actually had come over from another camp to be with us. Newman has been with this camp for at least 10 years and is quite knowledgeable, but appeared to be on remote control with us. He was good, but didn't offer that excited invigorated feeling we got from the other guides, but that could be because we were 6 in a vehicle and 2 of the people didn't really mesh well with us the other 4, so it made for a tense safari trip. We got lucky because on our first safari we made friends with a couple of Brits and met up with them at our 3rd camp and continued our friendship and fun. So to be fair to Newman, i am sure the stuffiness that we felt on our safari vehicle was in part due to our safari mates not fitting in with the rest of us. There was lots of animals to find and Newman did a good job at that, but overall we felt that this camp did not live up to what we expected since although there was game, our guide missed several things, the Manager and staff was more aloof, the special night at the "boma" was nothing special, it felt as if they were going through the motions of just doing something for the guests instead of making us feel apart of things as the other 2 camps did and both the other camps did fantastically. I did not feel that they attempted to do anything extraordinary or make any suggestions. At the other 2 camps we did Mokoro and went on armed walk and tracking which was very interesting, including fun bush dinners and specialty picnics and fun evening activities which we looked forward to at the other camps. Also, the food quality at this camp was a disappointment and just plain average if that. Don't get me wrong, I loved being on safari, and i am glad i tried 3 different camps, including Chitabe, but i would probably return to the other 2 camps before coming back to Chitabe, we loved Kwetsani (gorgeous almost tree house type experience, excellent accommodations, fabulous food, terrific management of Kim and Shane and staff) and i would return to Savuti Camp (great safaris, 2nd best food, great accommodations, excellent management and staff). I still enjoyed Chitabe as all safari experiences are an adventure, but would rate it 3rd out of my camp stays.

  • Liked — Animal sightings
  • Disliked — Food quality, lack of warmth and connection compared to other camps
  • Stayed March 2008, traveled as a couple
    • 3 of 5 bubbles
      Value
    • 4 of 5 bubbles
      Location
    • 3 of 5 bubbles
      Check in / front desk
    • 3 of 5 bubbles
      Rooms
    • 3 of 5 bubbles
      Cleanliness
    • 3 of 5 bubbles
      Service
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4 Thank SHAZY5
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San Francisco, CA
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20 reviews
19 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 152 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed October 13, 2005

Visiting the Botswana safari camps was an incredible experience, and Chitabe is a very special place. You get to the know the staff by name and feel like part of the family. The food is fantastic with a lot of selection (and they make special food for those with restrictions). One night at dinner the staff sang and danced - not a staged production - dancing from the heart to the songs of their villages, and we were invited to join. Another night we dined under the stars with full white linens.

The accomodations are very nice, not as fancy as the other camp we stayed in, but certainly more charming. The camp is all elevated off the ground with wooden walkways and the eight bungalows are very separate so you have privacy. The bungalows have balconies, toilet, shower, sink, plug to charge your camera battery, safe, king bed, and most fabulous thing - an outdoor shower completely open to the wilderness. The bathroom area is separated from the rest of the bungalow by a screen and electricity is two small fluroscent lights, which is why it's not as plush as other camps, but are you certainly very comfortable and I missed the charm of this camp at the fancier camp. You want to feel like you are part of nature. Baboons slid down the tent roof while we napped in the afternoons and you have to latch your door from the outside to keep them out of your stuff :) All kinds of animals can wander into the camp, it's truly magical. Laundry is included and the clothes came back fresh and clean (note: the camps tend to lose small items so they ask you to do your own underwear and provide liquid soap for this). Shampoo, bathing soap, insect repellent and lotion are also provided. Our room was cleaned twice a day and turned down each evening with a mosquito coil burning and netting draped over the bed (although we never saw one mosquito). There was a ceiling fan.

Our driver, Phinley, was incredible. He could look at the ground where I saw only dirt and find us a pride of lions! We saw many animals and loved our game drives. We saw wild dogs with pups here, they are very hard to see at most camps. Chitabe is involved in wild dog research to increase their population and we had a wild dog slide show lecture from our camp manager one evening. We saw elephants, giraffes, buffalo herds, cheetah, lions with cubs, zebras, impala, hippos - all the main animals but there are no rhinos and we didn't happen to see leopards.

The camp schedule: You are awakened at 5:30am by beating drums. At 6am breakfast is served - amazing warm muffins, cereal, fruit, coffee warmed in the fire. The morning drive went from 6:30am to about 11am, including a stop for snacks and tea, and brunch was served when you returned, including custom made omelettes. You have the afternoon at leisure and can arrange guided walks, but most people read or slept. There is also a very small pool. Tea was served at 3:30pm and then you were out for the afternoon drive until 8pm (this camp is allowed to drive after dark) or so including a sundowner drink. Dinner was served when you returned, many people ate all meals in their safari clothes, you do not need to be fancy.

Chitabe was a fabulous kick off for our honeymoon. We highly recommend it!!!

  • Stayed September 2005
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
      Value
    • 4 of 5 bubbles
      Rooms
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
      Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
      Service
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15 Thank cagirl
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Covington, Louisiana
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62 reviews
23 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 123 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed July 15, 2004

We stayed at Chitabi Trails Camp during the Christmas holiday of 2003. It was absolutely wonderful! The tents were lovely, the staff was helpful and friendly, the wildlife was spectacular and the food was great. On Christmas night the staff put on a dancing show for us and then we all got up and joined them. Everyone made you feel very relaxed and "at home." One night we (my fiancee and I) were in camp alone so the staff set up a special candlelit dinner for us served by lantern light by the pool, overlooking the plains. The quiet dinner was only occasionally interupted by the faint growl of lions and the sound of hyenas -- what an experience! I would recommend this place to anyone who wanted a great safari experience with the added bonus of being waited on by wonderful people.

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Property: Chitabe Camp
Address: | bordering Moremi Game Reserve, Botswana
Location: Botswana > North-West District > Okavango Delta
Amenities:
Bar / Lounge Beverage Selection Children Activities (Kid / Family Friendly) Restaurant Suites Swimming Pool Wheelchair access
Hotel Style:
Ranked #19 of 71 Specialty 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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Chitabe Camp Botswana/Okavango Delta

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