Chitabe Camp

Western, Botswana

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Chitabe Camp


Chitabe Camp is located in a private concession, south-east of the Okavango Delta, Botswana. Situated on a beautiful old tree-island, Chitabe Camp has Meru-style tented rooms, built on elevated wooden decks with spacious en-suite bathrooms. The central area is made up of a thatched dining area and lounge leading onto open decking with superb views across a floodplain. There is a pool that provides a cool sanctuary.

The Chitabe area is a combination of open grasslands, acacia woodland and shallow waterways. Game viewing is varied from the lush green period after the rains to the dry winter months when plains game numbers peak. Buffalo, elephant, lion, warthog, lechwe, hippo, giraffe, leopard, cheetah and tsessebe are found throughout the year. Wild dogs are frequently seen in the concession. The birdlife is excellent and varies throughout the year, depending on water levels and season. 

Activities in Chitabe Camp include day and night game drives in open 4x4 vehicles, nature walks (on request) and spectacular birding through a diverse array of habitats. Night drives also provide opportunities for guests to see nocturnal mammals such as civet, serval, genet, porcupine and aardwolf. Owing its location on the periphery of the Delta, Chitabe offers exciting year-round game viewing.

What We Love
  • Chitabe Camp supports Botswana Predator Conservation Project
  • Canvas tents with thatched roof have double sliding doors to each room
  • The owners have dedicated many years to understanding the African wild dog
  • Owners are National Geographic photographers and authors of a book, Running Wild
Need to Know
  • Chitabe Camp is a classic safari lodge with 8 luxurious tents.
  • Activities undertaken are birding, nature walks and wildlife watching.
  • Located in a private Chitabe Concession, south-east of the Okavango Delta.
  • Best for Adventure, Wildlife, Off the Beaten Track, Photography


Stay Chitabe Camp is a classic safari lodge with 8 luxurious tents with a capacity for 16 guests. There are eight luxury canvas safari-styled rooms consisting of seven twin bedded rooms, one king size bedded room and one twin guide room which is shared with Chitabe Lediba. Luxury safari-styled rooms are with double sliding door entrance and en-suite bathrooms. Rooms have mosquito nets; stand up fans and an electronic safe. All rooms have an outdoor shower and sitting area on raised platforms overlooking floodplains.

The Camp The main area at the Chitabe Camp is on raised wooden platform with walkways linking thatched communal area with rooms. There is a plunge pool. An open air boma is used for dinner around campfire. A digital projector is available on request. There is a small curio shop and library. Electricity is provided by solar energy with a back-up generator, if required.

ChildCare Children of 6 years and older are accommodated. For families travelling with children between 6 and 12 years, private activities need to be booked and paid for. Children between 6 and 16 years must share with an adult/s in the same room. The minimum age for walking activities is 13 years.

Safari The main activity at the Chitabe Camp is the game drives via 3 x 10-seater open 4 x 4 Land Rovers each accommodating maximum seven, allowing all guests an outside seat. All vehicles are equipped with books on trees, birds and mammals along with a pair of binoculars and Peaceful Sleep insect repellent. Walking safaris are organised on request as these are dependent on the availability of walking guides. Night drives are also undertaken.

Experience The birdlife in Chitabe is excellent and varies throughout the year, depending on water levels and season. Raptors are abundant here: including the African Hawk Eagle and the Hooded Vulture often nests on the island. Game drives in the palm-filled landscape of Chitabe Camp often produce families of Ground Hornbill, Greater Honeyguide, Scarlet-chested Sunbird, Red-billed Hornbill, Gabar Goshawk and coveys of Red-billed Francolin.

Chitabe Camp Western, Botswana

Location Chitabe Camp is situated on private conservation island in the south-east of the Okavango Delta.  Across the narrow Gomoti Channel is the famous Moremi Game Reserve while surrounding the camp are habitats of woods, wetlands, and grasslands, which makes it the perfect predator hotspot.

Getting There Maun is the gateway to the Okavango Delta and is accessed by a short 20 min flight on a light aircraft. The flight from Kasane takes one hour and 20 mins. There is a luggage restriction on this flight of 10kg (22lbs) per person, soft sided luggage. 

When to go Botswana’s winter months from May to October are dry and cool with chilly nights. This is also its high season. Botswana has hot, wet summers from October to April. Botswana has one rainy season which runs between December and February, sometimes continuing into March, with rain generally in the form of afternoon thundershowers. Best time to travel is all year round.