Chitabe Lediba in a Nutshell
Chitabe Lediba is located in the lower reaches or the Okavango Delta, just South of the Moremi Game Reserve, only a short transfer flight from Maun. It is the smaller “sister camp” to Chitabe Camp in the same area. It has built its reputation over a few decades as a go-to-place for excellent game drives, with consistent predator and big game sightings. Chitabe Lediba has however, maintained its classic safari camp “mojo” by sticking with raised canvas-style tented rooms – we like this as it usually means the camp puts more of an emphasis on the wildlife experience. High standards of decor, dining and comfort are of course well met at Chitabe Lediba and you come here for some serious dry-land game viewing!
- 5 luxury tents
- 2 of these are family units – GOOD FAMILY CAMP
- Price range of USD1200 – USD2390 pppn
- Swimming pool – it is 12 meters long…..you can do laps
- Located in a private concession (no congestion)
- Game drives in open 4×4 vehicles, night drives, walks
- Access by light aircraft
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- Children 6 years or older are accommodated
- If travelling with children between 6 and 12, private activities need to be booked and paid for
- Children between 6 and 16 MUST share with an adult in the same room
- Minimum age for walking is 13
- 2 family units available
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- Download “Bush Buddy” programme
How to get there
This lodge is accessible by air with its own nearby airstrip. Light aircraft transfers are abvailable from Maun, Kasane and just about any other bush airstrip.
Game viewing and activities
All game viewing is done in the private NG31 concession, congestion free as there is no public access.
Game drives are the staple activity here, both day and night.
This is a highly productive “dry-land” game viewing lodge! Chitabe Lediba is bordered by two rivers (The Gomoti and Santantadebi), which usually burst their banks during each flood season, flooding surrounding floodplains. Just to the North is Chief’s Island and the Moremi Game Reserve. What makes the game viewing so productive here is that there always remains a significant, high dry-land area that supports the full range of predators and large game species. So you come here to tick off these sought after animals!
These predator rich “high and dry” zones are complemented by a fantastic variety of other habitats: You will find open grassy floodplains (which can seasonally flood) near the Gomoti river to the East, acacia and mopane woodland on any slightly higher ground and more permanent water in some parts of the Santantadebi River to the West. Deeper channels are fringed with lofty riverine woodland, providing even more varied habitat for even more varied species of mammals and birds. Essentially, the concession has a broad range of habitats for varied types of game viewing!
Due to the abundance of wildlife, if you only had time on your safari for one camp, this could be it?
The camp has recently been refurbished, bringing it up-to-date with style, modernity and solar power
It is smaller than its sister camp next door (Chitabe Camp), so expect a more intimate experience, ideal for families and small groups.
The setting is on an old tree island with plenty of shade and faces a waterhole in front of camp – this was a former lagoon which, when dry, is pumped for the animals, hence the name of the camp (Lediba means lagoon in the local language). You can see animals coming to drink in front of camp throughout the day. The lodge is built in a “classic style” with raised expansive wooden decks throughout, even to the rooms. Further, thatched buildings are open sided for the best views with a lounge and dining space, and curio shop…….just outside there is a pool and a camp fire area. you will also find a small reading zone with a selection of reading books, children’s books and kids activities.
There are 3 twin-bedded luxury canvas-tented rooms each with two three-quarter beds. There are also 2 family luxury canvas-tented rooms each consisting of TWO rooms with their own bathrooms and entrance. All accommodations are on raised decks and are connected to the main lodge by raised walkways throughout (good for safety):
Each tent is wheelchair friendly and comprises of en-suite facilities with indoor shower, outdoor shower, double vanity basin and separate toilet. Mosquito net, writing desk and chair, colouring books and pencils (for all ages), reading glasses, electronic safe and individual canvas bags with padlocks (keys remain with guests) are supplied for valuables which are then stored in a central safe, tea and coffee making facilities (hot water will be provided in the mornings and on request), hairdryer, multi-plug adaptor charging facilities with USB ports, a yoga mat and weights (02 x 2.5kg weights) and a veranda with deck chairs overlooking the floodplains
There is no air-conditioning, however, pedestal fans are provided in all the rooms. Bathrobes, slippers, liquid soap, body wash, shampoo and conditioner, body lotion, room spray, insect repellent, insect spray, shower caps, vanity kit, tissue dispenser, washing detergent (on request), sewing kit (on request) and laundry bag are supplied in each room.
What we think
We like the fact that some of the owners (in a partnership with Wilderness Safaris) are involved with the day-to-day running of the camp.
Game is good, top-quality in fact……we would send you here for the high quality game drives. Try stay for no less than 3 nights to take advantage of this.
A nice and small, not too over-the-top lodge that is great for families and small groups, while still getting some of the best game viewing available in the Chitabe Concession!