Chitabe Announces Plans to Rebuild Main Camp

After 20 years of delivering world-class, authentic safari experiences in the Okavango Delta, Botswana, the elevated walkways and main camp buildings that make up the heart of Chitabe Camp are to be rebuilt in the first five months of 2018.

The new and exciting design has been created by Mark Thomas and his award-winning team who crafted the Boomslang walkway in Cape Town’s Kirstenbosch National Botanical Garden. Chitabe’s new walkways will feature sinuous curves and soft lines inspired by the graceful meandering of the Okavango waterways.  Nestling in the natural beauty of Chitabe Island, they will feature low footprint longer spans, a more delicate-looking structure and an elephant underpass.

“The under-thatch design of the new elevated buildings encompasses a “less is more” philosophy, combining the tasteful and responsible use of modern and traditional materials to produce an environmentally-respectful safari experience that is visually and sensually pleasing”, said lead architect Mark Thomas. “The revolutionary design will herald in many firsts for the Okavango, ensuring Chitabe remains a responsible custodian in one of the Delta’s highest game concentration areas”.

The main area will feature both indoor and under-star dining experiences whilst a unique, elevated “fire of a million stars” white Kalahari sand deck will be the central heart of Chitabe. A new lap pool, relaxation lounge and a gym will provide guests with healthy exercise opportunities while moments for introspection will be found in the new library.