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Botswana Safari

Chitabe Walking Trail

Okavango Delta, Botswana

Guests walking on the new Chitabe Walking Trail
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Walking on safari has always been regarded as one of the finest ways to get a true feeling for the African wilderness. The Chitabe Trail is set in one of the Okavango Delta's best walking areas and it offers a one-night genuine walking trail experience for those who want to get closest to nature. Guests are accompanied by an armed guide who will lead them on informative and adventurous walks through the different habitats of the Delta.

The walking trail experience allows guests to get their feet on the ground and get away from vehicles to get the real feel, touch and smell of Africa. You will walk for several hours per day at a moderate pace. There will be plenty of time for quality game viewing and birding to enjoy the wide variety of wildlife found in the Chitabe area.

The night out is spent sleeping out at one of two separate hides located in different parts of the Chitabe Reserve. Both hides accommodate guests on elevated platforms with each person sleeping under a mosquito net and the African sky above. Chemical toilets and hot bucket showers are also provided. Simple, but delicious, home-cooked meals on the open campfire are enjoyed under the stars - truly a wonderful way to end an active day in the bush.

The two hides at Chitabe are located in two very contrasting habitats. One hide is situated on the edge of a floodplain that often contains water and enables one to experience the sights, sounds and smells of the Okavango as you sleep. The second hide is built within a woodland area on the edge of an extensive open savannah plain which has an abundance of elephant activity. At night, the silence, punctuated by the nocturnal sounds - the roaring lions and whooping calls of hyenas - is magical and often provides a memory that is the highlight of guests' entire safari. Guests must spend a minimum of three nights at either Chitabe Main or Chitabe Lediba, of which the middle night must be the Walking Trail.

ITINERARY            For images of Chitabe Walking Trail, click Chitabe Walking Images
Fully serviced Walking Trail.
We walk ± 3 to 4 hours in the morning to a pre-prepared brunch site.
Relax and siesta during the heat of the day. Then walk ± 1.5 hours in the afternoon to the hide where a sundowner awaits them.
A wonderful dinner is enjoyed and we overnight on the elevated hide platform before we set off again the next morning with similar walking times to the second hide.
These safari’s are flexible to specific guest needs and vehicle back up is available should anyone prefer to do a mixture of walking and driving.

SAFARI COST - 1 night Walking Trail: Call us for pricing.

The above costs are a surcharge in addition to the nightly rate being paid for a three-night stay at Chitabe or Chitabe Lediba (which vary by season and total safari package booked).

• Minimum 3 nights stay in the concession, with the middle night on be the walking trail.
• Walking Trail bookings include a private vehicle (for the day of the Walking Trail only) at no extra charge.
• The walking trails operate between 01 May and 30 September only.
• Minimum 1 guest, maximum 4 guests.
• Minimum age of 12 years.
• Includes 1 night camping in a hide in the Chitabe concession, meals, drinks (excluding imported premium brands), and the services of a professional walking guide.

Game viewing is excellent here, and includes Buffalo, Elephant, Lion, Leopard, Reedbuck, Lechwe, Impala, Zebra and Hippo. Wild Dogs are among the major attractions of this area and a long-standing program to study the Wild Dogs is based nearby (read more on the Wild Dogs below). Night drives can be very rewarding with good sightings of the rarer nocturnal animals such as Pangolin, Civet, Serval, Genet, Porcupine and Aardwolf. Guests will also likely see Zebra, Reedbuck, Red Lechwe, Impala and all the plains game.

The Owners
Chitabe (and Chitabe Lediba) is owned by Dave and Hélène Hamman, two well-known and respected characters in the Okavango. Dave and Hélène have managed a number of camps in Botswana. It was during their time at Mombo Camp that they really became enthusiastic about wild dogs. They got to know individual dogs and started to follow them on a daily basis and learnt more of their life histories, their trials and tribulations. Three years later they co-produced the book Running Wild - Dispelling the Myths of the African Wild Dog, the definitive book on these wonderful animals. Dave's passion for photography has developed into a career and he spends most of his time working as a photo-journalist on various wildlife and cultural articles for magazines around the world. In 1996 Dave and Helene were awarded a tender by the Botswana government to build Chitabe and Chitabe Lediba camp, which was completed in July 1997.

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