Chitake Tented Camp
Chitake Tented Camp is located in the wild Chitake area close to the Chitake Spring, famous for its fantastic wildlife and amazing close up encounters with animals.
The Chitake River flows out of the Zambezi escarpments southern mountains and during the dry season the river turns into a sandy riverbed so that all that is left is a small spring which becomes the only water source for miles around. It is for this very reason that the spring becomes active in the drier months with wildlife congregating around it to drink.
Our Chitake Camp offers a true wilderness experience which includes incredible photographic opportunities but is definitely not for the faint hearted as you are surrounded by wildlife, being positioned only 10 meters from the spring. Guests can be extremely fortunate with a variety of wildlife sightings as animals parade themselves around, starting from troops of baboons to herds of playful elephants and even the elusive leopard. The lion in the Chitake area are well-known for their hunting skills and guests can be lucky to either witness a kill or the aftermath of one in close proximity to the camp.
There is no driving at Chitake and mornings are spent on incredible nature walks around the Chitake foothills where the search is on for spotting the first animal and afternoons can bring you much excitement as you assemble close to the spring and watch the spectacular game come down to drink for hours on end.
One of our best days at Chitake springs was when we saw nearly 2000 buffalo come to drink in the morning, followed by numerous elephant and later that day a lioness and her cubs, a male lion, a pack of wild dog, several hyena and a leopard. This wildlife was all seen within 5 to 10 meters away and this should give you a clear idea of what is in store for you!
The same spacious Meru style tents with flush toilets and bucket showers, which are used for the Ruwesi Canoe Trail, are set up for the duration of your stay at Chitake where you can enjoy being in the African wilderness with only the sounds of the birds and wildlife around you and the shade of a tree to keep you cool.
Breakfast, lunch and dinner are served Al fresco with a private chef on site each day preparing fresh, wholesome meals for you.
Important points to note about Chitake Tented Camp:
- There are no vehicles for game drives so all activities are done on foot
- The camp is fully run on solar power only
- A maximum of six guests in camp at any one time
- No children under the age of 14 years permitted
- Suggested itinerary would be to spend two nights at the camp then continue onto the Ruwesi Canoe Safari or onto another camp(s) Little Vundu or Vundu.
- It is recommended to book up to a year in advance for the camp as it is extremely popular, being only one of three sites in the Chitake area.
As a family of four adults we spent four nights at Vundu. It was an experience of a lifetime. We had come from Hwange where we saw a great deal of wild-life close-up but from a vehicle. At Vundu Nick, in whom we had complete confidence and whose knowledge as a guide is amazing, took us out on foot to watch African wild dogs, an endangered and very rare species, and to get close enough to a large bull elephant to touch it. We spent two half days canoeing down the Zambesi, very glad to have Nick to keep us away from the numerous hippos and the odd big crocodile. The finale was to end a canoe trip at sunset having watched a family of elephants swimming across the river, to find a candle-lit dinner set up on the bank. Pure magic!