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“Super Camp” 4 of 5 stars
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“Super Camp”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed March 30, 2012

This was our first camp in Botswana and everyone was really special and keen to please. The accommodation was really good and fitting for the environment. The guides were excellent and tried really hard to find interesting and exciting viewings. The location was really pretty which seems an odd word to use out in the wilds of Africa but that is how it is. The wildlife was good but as we were there in the rainy season the grass was very long so we probably missed a lot of smaller animals. We have the highest possible regard for Kwando Safaris who ensured that our transition from camp to camp was smooth and trouble-free. You really have to admire the management of the logistics involved in operating in the environment. We stayed at four Kwando camps and were so well looked after.

  • Stayed February 2012, traveled as a couple
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 4 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 4 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 4 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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  • Rooms
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 30, 2011

In November 2011 we spent 3 nights at this very nice Safari Lodge. The management team Mrs. Obi and Charles made a perfect job and with the guides Tabo and Julius we had the chance to see Lions, Cheetahs, wild Dogs and even a Leopard. We give our thanks to the Lebala team for this excellent stay.

  • Stayed November 2011, traveled with friends
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 5 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 26, 2011

We loved the tents at Lebala...very luxurious and great views.
The camp itself was great in terms of seeing and hearing lots of elephant and hippo from your tents and common areas. I loved the up close interaction in the camp area. One night I even had an elephant right off our deck eating a tree. Listening to the hippos and elephant at night was awesome. In addition, it was the only place we saw really large herds of elephant. The elephant highway was awesome!
Also, the food and service were excellent.
I only gave Lebala four stars for two reasons. The guides were overly talkative, as mentioned in another review, and we had trouble with one of the jeeps for our group of 10. Got stuck in the sand and had to cut one of our game drive early. While the guides were knowledgable, this was the only camp (out of four we stayed at) that we were not "blown away" by the guides. Compared to other camps, the guides were too long winded and talkative and the trackers did not seem to really be paying attention. We still saw a lot of animals, just did not enjoy the game drives as much. If we did not have other camps to compare to, we probably would have thought it was great.

  • Stayed September 2011, traveled with friends
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 5 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 4 of 5 stars Service
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Sydney, Australia
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 16, 2011 via mobile

The camp and rooms isn't anything special when compared to many other camps. They were having trouble with the recently installed hot water system when I was there.

The staff are friendly with an all Botswanan team. Not quite as well-organized as a Wilderness camp, but nothing really out of place either.

The game viewin her was excellent. As a longtime safari goer I was bemused by the vehicles that they use: Uris, not having seen them before. I quickly became a fan, these things can go through anything. They are built using a Toyota landcruiser chassis and motor, but everything else is custom.

We tracked wild dogs in these cars and kept up despite the dense bush. For those of you who have followed these animals you will know how hard it is to keep up with them.

A good camp with frat wildlife viewing. I recommend coming here (or Kwando Lagoon) if you want to see wild dogs.

  • Stayed April 2011
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 4 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 4 of 5 stars Service
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed September 12, 2011

After a few nights camping in a mobile tent, the luxuriousness of Lebala rooms was a major plus - very comfortable and spacious, lovely bath & outside shower, and having elephants & hippos around the rooms at night was an added bonus. The birdlife in the sausage tree outside our room was also fabulous during the daytime. But the quality of the game drives was the let down – 2 major issues:
a) overly talkative/noisy guides – in all our safari experiences across Africa & India, we have always been told to make as little noise as possible so as to be able to hear the alarm calls and not to disturb the animals. The Lebala guides are the opposite – constant stream of chatter, especially between the tracker and the guide, and at high volume. At a lion kill , one guest in another jeep was unable to record the lion growls due to the noise from our guide!

b) crowded jeeps – often 6 to a jeep so the person in the middle has restricted visibility as one cannot stand up during sightings. Also there is not enough space to put stuff especially as most people have large rucksacks of camera equipment etc. At this price level you do not expect to be cooped up like this.

We understand that the latter was due to a shortage of drivers, which probably also explained why our drives on 2 mornings were compromised by them having to go to the airport and also delivering/collecting guests from their neighbouring Lagoon camp. We were not the only people dissatisfied with the Kwando game drives - one couple we met who had vast safari experience told us that they had never had to ride 6 to a jeep before and never wanted to again!

Finally on the day of departure they mixed up our timings with another couple so we were taken to the wrong plane. This left us almost two hours later than schedule and, more importantly, with the discomfort of waiting at the airstrip in the heat of the day for an hour, plus cramped with our knees up by our ears in the back of the small bouncy plane with a woman being sick in front. It was also a major inconvenience as we arrived in Vic Falls too late to make it to the Park that day. We understand the other couple who they mistakenly put on our flight were equally inconvenienced as they had a long wait at the Namibian border for their transfer!

Net net – for serious game viewers I would definitely not recommend Kwando. At the same price, if you are prepared to camp out and rough it in a real tent, then you will get a much more satisfying safari experience with a private guide who can tailor your game drives to your own needs.

Room Tip: During the flowering season, try to get a room under the sausage tree
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  • Stayed September 2011, traveled as a couple
    • 2 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 2 of 5 stars Service
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London, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 14, 2011

My now husband and I stayed at Lebala for the first 3 nights of our honeymoon. Lebala was booked for us through Gane and Marshall (www.ganeandmarshall.com)
They were fantastic travel agents who masterminded our whole trip and ensured every part of it made for the most perfect holiday - Lebala was no exception.

The camp is nothing short of magical - we had elephants walking round the edge of camp - sat on our balcony and watched in awe as approximately 100 walked past, in addition hippos came out of the marshlands at night and you could hear them snorting while laying in bed!

Meal times had a really friendly feel with all of the guides and guests eating delious food together and then sharing drinks and stories of the days game drives round the camp fire.

The guides truly love their jobs and we saw an abundance of animals - leopards, cheetas, elephants, zebras, giraffes, hippos, impala, buffalo....etc etc!

A perfect experience, great accomodation and wonderful staff! Highly recommended.

Room Tip: I believe all 8 rooms are similar-ours was perfect, outdoor showers were great! But take warm clothe...
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  • Stayed June 2011, traveled as a couple
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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Miami, Florida
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 25, 2011

This was our third and final stop in Botswana. Our stay at Lebala was the highlight of our trip. The accommodations are absolutely beautiful. The pictures on the Internet do not do them justice. It is hard to imagine such understated elegance in the middle of the bush. The food was the best I have had anywhere in Africa. The game drives are incredible, with the guides frequently taking you off road to get very close to the animals. The specially built Uri, safari vehicles are able to go places that I would have thought were impossible.

With all of that said, what truly puts Lebala in a class by itself is the staff. From the moment we arrived we felt like we were part of the family. They go out of their way to cater to your every whim. Obi & Opi warmly welcomed us back to the camp after every drive. The cook staff prepared elegant meals every night. The cleaning staff keeps the place spotless. Charles oversees the whole operation and kept everyone entertained everyday at breakfast, brunch, high tea, pre-dinner cocktails, and of course dinner. Alex (our guide) and Mr. Moe (our tracker) are super knowledgeable about all of the wildlife. You tell them what you want to see and they will find it for you. I am convinced that if a particular type of animal was in the area, we saw it, up close and personal. They even served us coffee and biscuits during the morning game drives with cocktails and hors d'ouvers by a water pan for each sunset.

The hardest part of our stay was leaving. We felt like we were leaving behind part of our family. They even packed us bread, fruit and juice to take with us when we left, since we did have time for brunch before our flight out.

  • Stayed June 2011, traveled with family
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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Address: Botswana
Location: Botswana > North-West District > Okavango Delta
Hotel Style:
Ranked #33 of 66 Specialty Lodging in Okavango Delta
Hotel Class:4 star — Lebala Camp 4*
Number of rooms: 8
Also Known As:
Lebala Camp Hotel Okavango Delta
Lebala Camp Botswana/Okavango Delta

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