Chitake Tented Camp

Chitake Camp is for the lover of the wild places and who want a true ‘up close and personal’ wilderness experience. Chitake Springs is a unique water source approximately 45km inland from the Zambezi River. From the camp you will go on explorations to track lions, or find vantage points along the riverbed to watch the action unfold. Relaxing sundowners will be enjoyed overlooking the scenery at the end of each day.

About Chitake Tented Camp

Chitake Camp is for the lover of the wild places and who want a true ‘up close and personal’ wilderness experience. Chitake Camp is not for the feint-hearted!!

Chitake Spring is a perennial water source and flows down the usually dry Chitake River bed. The spring provides the only source of water for a large concentration of game in this area and herds of buffalo, elephant, antelope and the predators depend on this water for survival. The area is also home to good concentrations of lion, leopard and painted hunting dog.

The rugged Zambezi escarpment is only eight kilometres away and provides a superb backdrop to the area. The mixed Mopane, Combretum and Acacia woodlands of the vast valley floor are home to many animals. As the dry season progresses the concentrations of wildlife increase, all searching for water.

Chitake can be an extremely intense experience for the avid bush lover and for someone who likes to feel the challenge and close proximity of the wild. When walking you have to concentrate particularly carefully on your surroundings and remain silent so we do not disturb the order of things. Sounds are amplified in the narrow riverbed and it is a very up-close-and-personal experience to sit quietly in the riverbed in front of camp at night and watch the drinking herds of elephant and buffalo and possibly see the resident lions wonder past.  

For the avid birder there is no disappointment, as with the combination of dry and wet, woodland and open scrub, mountain and plain, there are well over 300 possible bird species to be seen. Bird lists are provided.

From camp we will conduct walks (long or short) and track the lions or find a vantage point along the riverbed to watch the action unfold. Our guests will dictate the length and pace of the wild walks and choose when to get back to the camp for refreshments and relaxing. Sundowners will be enjoyed at a variety of vantage points.

The Tented Camp

Two man safari dome tents, beds, linen, pillows, chairs, all cutlery and crockery, ‘long-drop’ toilet, bucket showers, dining area, kitchen, lighting (12v) etc. Just bring your personal belongings. The ‘traditional’ tented camp.

Dining

All food supplied and can be ordered before the safari starts to cater for your requirements. All meals are prepared in camp by an experienced bush chef. Breakfast consists usually of cereals, toast etc and a full English breakfast is supplied on at least one of the days. Lunch consists of quiches, lasagne with a variety of salads and rolls. Dinners are usually a full 2 or 3 course meal accompanied by a bottle or 2 of wine.
Drinks include teas, coffee, cordials, minerals, limited beers (1 crate per day) and wine with dinners. Guests are requested to bring their own extra beers as well as choice of spirits.

Activities

Early start to the day with tea or coffee and cereals at sunrise. An early morning game drive and / or walk is undertaken. Back to camp approx 10am for a brunch and siesta until 3pm when we set off for another walk or game drive. Times are flexible and guests dictate what they would like to do, whether walking, game drives, day canoeing, fishing, bird watching or just relaxing in camp.