I'm an Australian living in Thailand. I like to read, write and travel. I'm currently working on my (commercial) travel website skedaddlecarhire.com.au to make more moolah for my trips.
Published February 17th 2015
Our stay at the Chitabe Lediba Camp, Okavango Delta, Botswana, was an unforgettable experience. The day we arrived, we headed out on a game drive and saw plenty of animals—like lions and zebras—from the open 4x4 jeep. Everyone got great glimpses of the wildlife and had front-row seats to all the action. There wasn't a bad seat on the jeep.
That night, we stayed in platform tents. When we got home, there were a few wild dogs hanging out on the stairs to our tent! We enjoyed a drink at the lounge and sipped it by the pool, enjoying the view of the animal watering hole. My wife and I got to enjoy a great meal at the restaurant before turning in. The next morning, we showered in the outdoor show that had an amazing view of the Delta!
The next day, we decided to head out on foot to see some of the animals and sights we couldn't see from the jeep. Through the help of our guide, we got to trek to areas that our vehicle had been too large to get to and areas we weren't allowed to access via jeep. On this trip we saw a wild dog and even and an elephant!
We also took a night safari to see some nocturnal animals in the area—and got to find out what had been making all that noise from the previous nights! We got to see a civet and some bush babies. We also heard owls hooting nearby. The highlight of the evening was the opportunity to get very close to a leopard.
On our final day in the Chitabe Lediba Camp, we decided to go birding and see some of the feathered animals in the area. Our guide let us know that birding really varies a lot, depending on what time of the year you travel to Botswana. Luckily, we hit the jackpot and got to see the African hawk-eagle, which was our favorite part of the day. We also got to see some red-billed hornbills and a red-billed francolin. On our way back to camp, our guide spotted a scarlet-chested sunbird, and while the rest of the group saw the bird, I missed him. Maybe next time!
The next day, we headed over to Kwando Camp. We checked in and had a look around the gift shop. Since we didn't have any excursions planned until the following day, we decided to relax a little at the camp. The hotel offered tents, camping and large chalets, but we decided to stay in what they called an island tent, which was really more like a little cabin. Ours was situated right on the edge of the river, so we sat outside on our porch and had a lovely afternoon, watching wildlife from our very own tent.
We enjoyed a really lovely meal at the hotel restaurant and got great views of crocodiles and elephants right from the dining room! We were seated with another couple, who my wife and I have become good friends with. We decided to enjoy some excursions with them the following days.
We loved Kwando because there was such a large variety of activities. We went on a boat ride down the Kwando River and caught fish, we visited several villages and local schools and we even took a trip to Mamili National Park and got a great experience of bush life.