Chitabe Concession | Botswana Okavango

Rainbow over the delta at Chitabe
The Chitabe area offers a variety of different habitats and on your Okavango safari you might have good sightings of Leopard and Wild Dogs, as well as large herds of Impala. The Chitabe Concession is a private concession situated in the south-eastern area of the Okavango about 60km from Maun. This means that it is easy to access. Previously this area used to be very dry, as the Gomoti River dried up in 1984. When it started to flow again in 1999 the area became much wetter, and now there are many areas of permanent water in this concession.

Habitat

Chitabe is separated from the Moremi Game Reserve by the Gomoti Channel. The western boundary of the concession is the Santantadibe River. The Chitabe Concession is considered to be seasonal flood plains rather than permanent Delta.

The reserve is characterized by areas of open water on the flood plains in the north western areas of the reserve near the Santantdibe River. This region has some deep water channels and permanent dry islands - some of which have large Baobabs on them. The southern areas of the reserve are mostly made up of mixed forest and riparian scrub including Fever trees, Sausage trees and Jackal-berry trees.

Wildlife

The diverse habitats in this concession support numerous different animals. The area usually has good Leopard sightings and has a large population of predators such as Lions and a pack of African Wild Dogs which stay in the area. Cheetah can be seen in the drier areas of the concession.

There are large herds of Impala and Zebra often found grazing on the grass on the floodplains. Several herds of Buffalo and Elephants are permanent residents, but their number can swell into thousands as large breeding herds pass through between June and October. Sightings of most grazers are good from July to November when the flood waters recede and the animals congregate to eat the fresh green grass.

On night game drives you can see many of the nocturnal inhabitants of the region such as Aardvark and Aardwolf, and if you are very lucky, maybe even a Pangolin. Other smaller inhabitants such as the Yellow Mongooses are also common.

Birdlife

The mix of palm-island floodplains, tranquil waterways and dry woodland creates the perfect habitat for a wide variety of birds - over 386 species occur within the concession. Bateleur Eagles, Martial Eagles and Black Snake Eagles are often seen. The rare Slaty Egret is also often seen. Hooded Vultures, Ground Hornbills and Red-billed Francolins are also common.

When to visit

As this area mostly focuses on activities such as game drives and nature walks, you can visit at anytime of the year. You will see more game during the dry winter months, and the activities are more pleasant when you are not always getting rained on.

Getting There

There is an airstrip near Chitabe Camp that most guests fly-in to as driving in the area can be difficult.


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