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ebala means 'wide open spaces', and the camp is located in the Kwando Reserve’s 232,000 hectares of private unfenced wilderness. Here, the southerly flowing Kwando River disappears into the vast marshland to the east, outside of the Kwando Reserve. Lebala sits on the floodplains of the Kwando River and the special ecosystem is home to a wide variety of Africa’s plains game such as zebra, wildebeest, impala, giraffe, and tsessebe. The wonderful variety of wildlife also includes elephant, hippo, buffalo and the ever present predators of lion, cheetah and hyena. Lebala’s location away from the dense mopane woodland to the east of the Reserve facilitates the ease of traversing the concession looking for big game. The camp itself is comprised of eight custom designed tents, with unique mosquito net walls, allowing an unobstructed flow of cooling breezes and stunning views. Each spacious tent has its own viewing deck, bathroom and luxurious double outside showers.
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Lebala Camp - Kwando Safaris
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Jackie F wrote a review 10 Apr
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Loved this camp, it was our first stop on our Botswana holiday to belatedly celebrate my birthday. The rooms are comfortable with amazing views. In February it was still hot at night but sleeping under a damp kikoy shawl provided by the lodge worked a treat. The lodge was very well managed by Barcos and all the staff were so friendly and made us feel at ease immediately especially Patricia, Joanne, Beyonce & Oncey. The food was delicious and different every night. We were so lucky with our wildlife sightings guided by Elvis with his encyclopedic knowledge and tracker Akim with his eagle eye sight. A truly memorable experience. Thankyou
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Date of stay: February 2024
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Trip type: Travelled as a couple
Room Tip: No WiFi which I found such a bonus. Have never felt so relaxed from outside stresses so quickly!
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Zsolt B wrote a review Nov 2023
Budapest, Hungary161 contributions82 helpful votes
We just came back from a 9 nights trip to Botswana. We started in Pangolin Chobe Lodge (2 nights), followed by 7 nights at 3 different Kwando properties (Lagoon, Lebala, Splash). We went to Lebala after Lagoon. The setting of the camp is not as amazing as Lagoon, but still nice. Our unit was one of the last ones, which was looking in the other direction as the rest, and we actually saw a lot more animals from our unit than others (I think it was #9). The game drives were similarly good as in Lagoon, but instead of the leopard we saw wild dogs! Plus the “usual” - lions, cheetahs, etc. Also, we saw a few sable antilops from the camp, which was amazing! Service was not as good as in Lagoon. Our guide was Mayesi. He was good, but not that personable, and also he wanted to leave us at the airport 2 hours prior to the departure time, which we really not appreciated. I could convince him to do another round of game drive, and only arrive to the airstrip an hour before the planned departure (which was still too early!). Also, our guide could improve the positioning of the vehicle, not only to cater for photographers but generally. Overall the place was great, with a bit of focus on the service it could be even better!
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Date of stay: November 2023
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Y2CLL wrote a review Sept 2023
London, United Kingdom1067 contributions255 helpful votes
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We stayed here as well as a Wilderness lodge in the delta. Both very different experiences and glad we did both and varied our camps. Lebala was more rustic and the food while fine not as good nor as well presented as Wilderness but we found the driver (Elvis) and spotter (Akeem) were first class and better than our guide at Wilderness. The location by the river was excellent - a different terrain than the Delta and we are glad we did both on our 6 night trip. Some of the most magic moments were: 1. seeing Leopard for the first time (after several attempts in Africa and the reason for selecting Botswana this time) 2. Scale of animal sightings- 8 lions in a pride, 21 hippos floating down the river while we had sun downers 3. Hippos by the tents - in and out of the water and making their wonderful noises The rooms were basic but comfortable - only feedback was they very close together and no one needs to hear their neighbours bathroom habits! However the camp was pretty quiet when we were there and at one point we were the only guests - was magic! Some on here comment about brown water - it’s normal! It’s pumped out of the ground and treated like all camps. There are no mains hook ups that’s the point of Botswana - limited impact on the wildlife. Electricity by solar and generator with battery back up. If you want plumbed in then Botswana wild isn’t for you. Shout out to Elvis and Akeem top class knowledge and tracking abilities and to the staff who brought out hot water bottles each morning for the drives. Great touch.
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Date of stay: September 2023Trip type: Travelled as a couple
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Charlie66 wrote a review Aug 2023
Alderton, United Kingdom383 contributions194 helpful votes
Prior to our week of staying in Kwando Safari camps we were advised to message our friends and relatives to tell them that we would be a week without wi-fi. I told people that I had not died but was just going to heaven for a week. The enforced digital detox has been restorative and regenerative. Heaven has been provided by Kwando and the incredible wildlife and landscape of the Okavango Delta. I wish the creationists and the evolutionists could meet half way and visit this place together. The adaptations and strategies the animals have for survival are incredible. From the collaboration shown by the wild dogs to the importance of the termite in the construction of the whole delta. Barcos and his team at Lebala deliver an incredible experience. Our guide was George with his tracker KB. The bar was raised with every Safari drive. To experience nature in such an intimate and informed manner is truly Kwando’s edge. I am only looking forward to getting back on wifi to post this review then I am happy to go back to heaven, reassuring everyone that I have not died… Don’t miss this place.
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Date of stay: August 2023Trip type: Travelled with friends
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Michelle J wrote a review Apr 2023
Rocklin, California2 contributions
We had a wonderful stay at Kwando Lebala camp! Our guide Elvis did an amazing job. We had so much fun on the game drives. Watching the pride of 16 lions including cubs is something I’ll never forget. We visited them several times during our stay at Lebala. Elvis worked hard to find all the animals for us. We had great sightings of elephant families and cheetahs. He was always happy to answer our questions. Kay and Barcos did an excellent job of running the camp. We enjoyed all of the food. The staff took great care of us during our stay! We loved how they greeted us as we arrived back from our game drives. Thank you Lebala Camp!
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Date of stay: March 2023
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Rsars wrote a review Apr 2023
Vught, The Netherlands388 contributions83 helpful votes
Beautiful location and friendly staff. The lodge is well run by Mr Shorty (a very tall man!) . The staff is wonderful and there is a ton of game to spot. Special mention for guide Mr G, who was sweet and wonderful and did his best to honour our wishes. Minus points: lack of Wifi and connectivity, as well as the buffet meals, which were really not tasty. Hard fish, cold and tough meat. At this level, with so few guests and the fee charged per night, buffets really do not make sense and make the location feel cheap
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Date of stay: March 2023Trip type: Travelled as a couple
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Michael M wrote a review Jan 2023
Diablo CA55 contributions41 helpful votes
This was our 2nd visit to Lebala and this was the 5th and final stay of our 25 th trip to Africa. We were joined by our 3 children, our daughter significant other and our dear friend and Specialist Guide Nic Polenakis. The camp is managed expertly by Vasco. The food was very good. We noted that the food had improved from our last visit. We were informed that Kwando has hired a consulting Chef to work with all the camps. Personally, I think this has proven to be a smart move. We spent the last 16 of our 21 nights at Kwando properties. We never felt like we were on a menu “rotation”. We definitely had a few menu items twice but never the same complete menu. Very well played. The tents are very clean but a dated. Our solution was to maximize our time I. The bush and minimize our time in the rooms. With that said we enjoyed an amazing afternoon thunderstorm while reading in our room. No complaints- just make a plan. We were up at 4:30 each morning. Coffee at 5 and on the road before 5:15. Sleep in and we catch up with you in the afternoon! Our guide Myezi and tracker Peach were at the top of their game. These guys are All stars. We spent a 15 hour day in the bush. The reality is that we saw only a sliver of the immense concession. I’m sure this concession is larger than some countries. You drive for hours and then ask - “are we near the concession border?” Answer- not even close! In the late morning we cane upon 2 very well GS and sleepy male cheetahs. We enjoyed there company for awhile and left them to rest. This was a major genius call by the 3 professionals in the vehicle. A couple of hours later we came across 3 sub adult and very skinny cheetahs. The guides believed that they had recently been left by their mom. This turned out to be the start of an insane 24 hours. We watched these cheetahs attempt 4 kills. Our guides were literally previewing the youthful mistakes the cheetahs were making. The predator vs prey / circle of life aspect of this causes a lot of thoughts and emotions in the vehicle. We can appreciate the predicament of the starving predators but also respect the life of the prey. These cheetahs were desperately hungry and started making a bold move on a group of Kudu. The guides were stunned that these cheetah even saw this an an option. Two of the cheetahs continued to approach the kudu. The kudu were 100 percent aware of the approach. The cheetahs finally zeroed in on one of the sub adults and went for it. It was epic! The two cheetahs actually tackled the kudu. The kudu flipped On to it’s feet, recovered and continued to run - the cheetahs followed for 50 yards and realized the hunt was over. We were immediately able to close in on the cheetah when out of nowhere the exhausted cheetahs took off in a different direct direction and nailed a juvenile water buck that was literally at the wrong place at the wrong time. We woke up early the next day with a relaxed plan of checking the brown hyena den and looking for the young leopard we watched hunt for hyenas back on our first night. All of a sudden the call of mobile dogs comes in from another kwando guide. We cover a 20 minute drive in 10 minutes and catch up with 8 stunning golden dogs. This is a safari O M G moment. We followed the dogs for over an hour. This is an incredible effort on the part of 3 Kwando guides and 3 trackers. You need multiple vehicles to stay with dogs. They run thru the dense mopane areas with ease. We were able to watch the dogs take a juvenile impala. It happened fast but it was brutal. We went out early that afternoon in hopes of picking up the dogs at their resting spot. The weather was cool and rainy and the dogs went mobile early. Fortunately, expert guide Spencer and his repeat guests decided to go out even earlier and they were able to catch the dogs just as they were going mobile. This resulted in multiple attempted and successful hunts that afternoon. Lebala has been an action packed camp on both our visits. We can’t wait to get back. Highly recommended for the “action” Michael Maloon
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Date of stay: January 2023Trip type: Travelled with family
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Martin wrote a review Dec 2022
London, United Kingdom8 contributions6 helpful votes
We stayed at this lodge for 3 days, there were two game drives each day, starting at 6am. Arriving by bush flight from Kasane we were out hunting for lions soon after we arrived. The game drives were amazing with so much to see and our guide, Richard and tracker, Major were excellent and dedicated to giving us the best experience. The accommodation is perfect for the location with each room a separate cabin surrounded by the African bush. The staff are so caring and helpful, we felt extremely well looked after. The meals are communal, which is great fun, exchanging stories of the game drive experiences with other guests and the food is excellent. You are unlikely to go hungry, breakfast at 5.30am, morning coffee, lunch, afternoon tea, sundowner and evening meal are all opportunities to eat and drink. Could not recommend this lodge more highly. It was booked for us by Africa Travel Resource (ATR) as part of a safari trip to Botswana.
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Date of stay: November 2022
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Redkitewatcher64 wrote a review Dec 2022
Andover, United Kingdom1848 contributions315 helpful votes
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This was the second of three Kwando camps we stayed at, and unfortunately our least favourite. When we arrived we loved the camps location and the rustic style accommodation , and the fact that we were able to walk from our chalets in the morning. We also loved the bird hide and general layout of the camp. Unfortunately after that we fell out of love with it. We felt the camp staff were a little lack lustre and the welcome and care of guests felt a little forced. Food was not very good quality and lacked choice. Our rustic chalets proved to be just that: one day no electric, the next no water and little information or interest about it from staff. The wonderful claw bathtub I was looking forward to using proved a disappointment when the tap produced brown water with so little pressure it would have taken a week to fill. The chalets only had an outdoor shower which was great during the day, but due to the amount of insects in the area was impossible to use at night . Dinner around a large table should be fun but we spent the whole meal swatting bugs or removing them from our meals and drinks. The one highlight of our trip was our guide Elvis. He has to be the coolest man we have ever met, right down to wearing his grandfathers hat. He was an incredible spotter and guide and worked so hard for us on our drives. He was very patient and answered our never ending questions and taught us so much about Botswana , its history and people. One magic moment was when he stopped our vehicle on the pan at night and turned off the lights and we just listened to the sounds of Africa whilst watching the huge night sky. One of the reasons he worked so hard was the poor quality of our spotter Major . We have travelled in Africa for many years and never met a wildlife professional of such poor quality. On game drives he spent all the time playing with his glasses, hat, binoculars rather than spotting, only occasionally shouting " impala or gnu" when there was one by the track. We missed sightings as he ignored guests spotting things and also got stuck in the mud when he didn't warn our guide. After 2 days we and the other members of or vehicle decided there was no point in going on a day game drive as we would not see anything. We decided to go on a night drive instead , but after a few minutes he kept putting the lamp down ( as we said he got a hurty hand from holding the lamp) when he did spot something he would he would take the lamp off so quickly no'one saw it. Elvis spent the whole trip shouting at him to pick up the lamp or just ended up spotting himself. As our fellow guest said the spotter was just there for decoration ! Its the only time I have never tipped a member of staff , and everyone on our vehicle submitted complaints to the camp and Kwando about him, and several others we met on the bush planes complained about his ability too. He really reflects badly on the camp and kwando. The other sad thing about the camp was the lack of wildlife , we saw so much more at the other camps . We know its nature , and there are no guarantees but there was just nothing . In 6 game drives we saw 3 sleeping male lions, and a pride of females which we went to look at every day as staff knew where they were. We did see a brown hyena but again only because we sat at its den and waited for it to come out. The rest of the time we just drove around and around trying to spot things ourselves. Very disappointed , it costs a lot of money to stay at these camps and this one was just not worth it.
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Date of stay: November 2022
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john b wrote a review Dec 2022
Lebala camp is beautiful and wild. The staff: trackers, guides, manager, kitchen help and housekeepers were so friendly, gracious and caring. Food was great, room was amazing and the overall energy of Lebala is stellar. My husband and I loved it!
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Date of stay: November 2022
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