The final leg of our September adventures in southern Africa took Kenny, Kim, and me along with our guide Brooks to Chitabe Camp in Botswana's Okavango Delta.
We boarded another small plane for the short flight from Chobe airstrip to Chitabe airstrip.
Pretty spectacular views from my window seat!
Yep...those are elephants!
Welcome to Chitabe "International" Airport!
Only in the sense that people from all over the world fly into here....
Our welcoming committee, the Chitabe staff, singing for us as we arrived at the camp.
While our previous camp Duma Tau had a very old-school safari camp atmosphere to it, Chitabe has a much more modern feel.
The rooms are technically tents, but...wow!
While we were guests at Chitabe, its owners Dave and Helene Hamman were also staying there and we got to chat with them quite a bit. Dave is an excellent photographer who has done extensive pro work, and his unique wildlife artwork adorns all the Chitabe tents (large print above the bed). He's quite an amiable (and wealthy!) South African chap (why does the word "chap" always pop into my mind when I think about a fellow with a British accent?) who is very generous with his staff. In December as a Christmas gift to his staff he offers a free weekend for their families to stay and safari at Chitabe, a nice bonus that the staff were obviously excited about. I didn't get an opportunity to take Dave's photo, but he does have a photography website if you're interested in such things. https://www.davehammanphoto.com
Pretty luxurious tent!
Our porch overlooked an open floodplain...
... with frequent wild visitors ambling by.
The word "chitabe" means "plenty of zebra." Not sure why the wild dog is the camp icon, except perhaps because there are also plenty of wild dogs...
The camp open air kitchen...
...and dining area.
Afternoon tea before our game drive....
No amenities lacking at Chitabe!
This young male elephant was recently kicked out of his family herd (as all males are when they reach a certain age), so he meandered into camp and seems to have decided to stay awhile.
Plenty of fruit from sausage trees for him to munch on...
A couple of hornbills by our porch...
Even the wood floor in our tent reminds me of African wildlife...the giraffe profile immediately popped out at me!
All the guests (about 10 of us) ate dinner together by lantern light each night. Some interesting conversations, one of which was a challenge to name the 10 nations of the world that only have 4 letters in their names.
Can you name them? Between the 10 of us, we finally got all 10. But...the funny thing was...the 3 4-lettered African nations were the last ones to be guessed!
(Answer at the end of this post...just in case you want to learn something today....)
On safari, every day is filled with learning new things!
Before we headed out on our game drive, Brooks told us about the Okavango Delta.
The delta is one of the premier wildlife destinations in the world. Chitabe Camp is located in a private concession, so there are very few vehicles and tremendous wildlife sightings in this area.
As it turned out, we would have phenomenal sightings during the next 3 days...each one more incredible than the last!
I can't wait, over the next few days, to share our experiences with you as we ventured...
...into the Okavango Delta.
(As promised, the answer to our dinner challenge: The 10 nations with 4 letters in their names are Iran, Iraq, Fiji, Laos, Peru, Cuba, Oman, Chad, Mali, and Togo.)