Chitabe is only 57 nautical from Maun - yet it feels as though it is a million miles away. The only access into the reserve is by air into Chitabe airstrip. From here it is about a 20 minute drive into camp. In times of high flooding within the Okavango, we may have to transfer the last few hundred meters by mokoro or boat
5 East African style, luxury tents
ABOUT THE LODGE
Neighbouring the Moremi Game Reserve in the breath-taking Okavango Delta, Chitabe Lediba Camp is the smaller sister camp to Chitabe Camp. It’s the perfect place for small groups and families to enjoy an unforgettable bush experience. The camp is named after the “lediba” within its bounds – a lagoon that has now become a watering hole for the multitudes of wildlife that populate this beautiful space. The Okavango Delta is famed for its richly diverse ecosystems that give rise to a range of interesting fauna and flora. The mosaic of grasslands, waterways, floodplains and woodlands blend together to form a kaleidoscope of colour and incredible wildlife.
The camp consists of five spacious, Meru-style tents that are perched in the treetops and give way to panoramic views of the extensive Delta. Two family units provide the ideal space for families, with interlinking bedrooms and en-suite bathrooms – the perfect marriage of luxury and a traditional safari setting. The lounge, sparkling pool and dining area at main camp are inviting spaces that beckon to guests and encourage maximum relaxation. Delicious meals can be enjoyed on a daily basis in between extraordinary game drives where close encounters with the amazing wildlife can be savoured and enjoyed. The area is known for its high number of endangered wild dogs, along with a variety of other animals such as lions, cheetahs, elephants and buck. The small size of Chitabe Lediba Camp allows for an exclusive and intimate bush experience.
SUGGESTED DAILY ACTIVITY SCHEDULE
Below is only a suggestion as to what may happen in camp - as daily wildlife sightings tend to throw the schedule right out of schedule.
- Wake up call. Light continental breakfast consisting of cereals, tea/coffee/juices and pastries to be served in the dining area.
- Depart on morning activity, returning to camp at approximately 10h00.
- Brunch will be served, this will consist of a selection of breakfast and lunch dishes. From now until afternoon tea, guests are at leisure.
- Afternoon tea is served - this consists of a selection of sweet and savoury snacks.
- Depart on afternoon game viewing activity - drinks and snacks will be served for sundowners during the course of the activity.
- Return to camp after dark so guests have a night drive (but could be later if there are good game sightings).
- Pre-dinner drinks and snacks are served at the pub.
- Three course dinner - generally speaking the starter and desert is served, whilst the main course is buffet style.
- Coffee and liqueurs will be served at the camp fire.
ABOUT THE RESERVE
The reserve: NG 31 – Chitabe Concession
The Chitabe Concession is 28,000 hectares of pristine Okavango wilderness. It borders the well known Moremi Game Reserve and is nestled between two main river systems, the Gomoti to east and the Santantadibe to the west. What makes Chitabe unique to some of the other areas in the Okavango Delta is that it contains such a variety of habitats within close proximity. A finger of perennial swamps extends into the Chitabe reserve, which is inundated by water throughout the year. The area is also dominated by seasonally flooded areas which transform 56% of the concession from dry floodplains into a lush oasis, when the annual flood waters meander through. This variety of habitat, which ranges from the classic Okavango scenery with Illala Palms dotting the landscape, to open savannahs and acacia woodlands, gives rise to a surprising diversity of species, which allows Chitabe to offer guests a wide variety of game viewing and birding experiences.
Chitabe is well known for its predator concentrations of cheetah, lion, leopard and wild dog and because we can offer night-drives, seeing the elusive nocturnal animals such as aardvark and pangolin is a treat.
The Chitabe camps can offer guests not only a wonderful game viewing experience in well-equipped game drive vehicles, but we encourage walking as well. Our guides are all trained and accredited to take walks and our guests can put their feet on the ground and get a real feel for Africa. Chitabe also has two elevated hides located in the reserve, where guests can experience a "sleep-out" under the stars in full comfort and safety.
Private small camp
Public areas raised off the ground, under canvas
Intimate Lounge and separate dining room