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#2 of 2 Specialty lodging in Kwando Concession NG14
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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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Michael M wrote a review Jan 3
Diablo CA40 contributions32 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: Traveled with family
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Martin wrote a review Dec 2022
London, United Kingdom8 contributions2 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 Kingdom1722 contributions280 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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John Cleaver wrote a review Nov 2022
East Grinstead, United Kingdom3 contributions
We had a fantastic time at Lebala camp. We experienced so many animals in their natural habitat and learnt so much about them and their environment. This is a place of dreams and you are welcomed by everyone and looked after as if you are one of the family. The guides are the stars who seem to know everything and plan you drives perfectly for you. Our memories of this place will live as long as we do.
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Date of stay: October 2022Trip type: Traveled as a couple
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Traveler wrote a review Aug 2022
Columbus, Ohio2 contributions1 helpful vote
This is what a safari camp should be! The tents looked out over the plains, lions came right up to camp, large herds of elephant and so much more. The guides work really hard to make sure you see it all and enjoy your experience. The camp staff were attentive and helpful and went out of their way to make sure I had gluten and dairy free options at all meals - including sundowners. I highly recommend this camp (we stayed at 5 camps from different companies on our July 2022 trip and Kwando camps were top of the list.) I would also recommend adding Kwara Camp on after Lebala.
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Date of stay: July 2022
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Elizabeth H wrote a review Aug 2022
Brandon, Canada11 contributions1 helpful vote
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The camp facilities were beautiful as were the people...by the end of our stay we felt like family! Although, I never did get the recipe for the wonderful bread. We loved the early morning toast and jam/marmalade! We were almost brought to tears our last night when the staff sang a goodbye song...Our guides, Richard and Akeem worked very hard to give us the best experience possible, each being very unique...their tracking skills were amazing....one of the highlights was watching a male lion scent his pride and connect with them and his cubs...or the leopard (Fisherman) at dark...I'll never forget! I am a hobbyist photographer and I'd be hard pressed to choose my favourite photo...I have so many gorgeous photos!
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Date of stay: July 2022
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SuttonHill wrote a review Jul 2022
Great Malvern, United Kingdom378 contributions190 helpful votes
The tents here are spacious, very comfortable, well appointed and spaced out with views to the surrounding marsh. Passing wildlife give the feeling of a bush stay, even spotting a local male leopard from the balcony of our room. The food is good, and the staff friendly. Of the three Kwando camps we visited, this camp offers a really interesting mix of terrain and hence wildlife viewing in our opinion. River, water holes, pans, grassland (some flooded now) and mixed forest areas made for interesting and varied game drives and sightings. Good predator and game, with a honey badger eating a snake a real highlight/ bonus! Our guide Elvis was excellent and a real model for others- knowledgeable, calm, in tune with the needs of his guests and fun as well. He and our tracker Dredd were great company for our 3 days, tracking down and spotting some great wildlife.
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Date of stay: July 2022Trip type: Traveled as a couple
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Travel Junkie wrote a review Jul 2022
Brenham, Texas7 contributions7 helpful votes
Lebala Camp was our second Kwando camp of our safari and was just as excellent as the first. Totally different experience of animals and setting but just as high quality. So many wonderful memories!!! From The Golden Boys (lions) patrolling right in front of camp to elephants eating the bushes beside the dining room while we were eating dinner. Richard was our guide and Major our tracker. Richard is extremely knowledgeable and very patient with our questions. Both of them worked hard to find the animal. Lebala concession has a very active predator population and we were able to enjoy many different age group lion cubs. We even followed a lioness hunting with her young cubs. The camp is very well set up and the tents are luxurious We enjoyed the front porch on our tent and watching the animals just in front. We had an awesome Morning Tea break at a waterhole surrounded by so many animals we felt like we had stepped into a "Lion King" experience and a Sundowner Break with a different cast of characters making it a day to remember! The staff at the camp were so welcoming, always on hand when we came in from a game drive or singing us into dinner. The food is wonderful and drinks plentiful. The morning and evening campfires are a wonderful way to visit with your fellow travelers and compare animal sightings. .
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Date of stay: July 2022
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Tracy A wrote a review Feb 2022
Calgary, Canada93 contributions1 helpful vote
This was my second time to Botswana, and my second camp this time around. It is just as I remember it, except for much greater water levels in the area, and no lions in camp. The lions were, though, everywhere on game drive. Such a predator rich concession, with action everywhere. I shared the camp with one other lovely couple (from Texas), and it was very special having just the one vehicle in a massive area. This, however, means more work, and I very much appreciated having the model of both tracker and guide. My philosophy on safari, is to prioritize the wildlife and the concession. Camps, and food and drink come second. But Lebala delivers it all. The tents (can you call them tents?) are massive, the food is great, and your glass is always topped up. The whole staff is just fantastic. The concession is massive. 550,000 acres of private reserve. And there was one vehicle from Lebala, and another solo Canadian traveler at Lagoon. That's it. To say we had exclusive sightings, is SO understated, It was an experience that will likely never be matched. Lions, and more lions, with cubs who wanted to stalk the truck. New dominant males (the Golden Boys), who have now outsted the brothers Sebastian and Old Gunn. Hippos on our way to our room one night (yikes!! Thank goodness for our guide Wago, who held us back, and kept us calm as 3 hippos ran past us at less than 10' away), and sunsets that simply take your breath away. Our tracker (MP), we renamed MVP. He spotted the smallest of signs that lead us to amazing sightings!! One time......he could "smell" lions. Yep......he knew they were around because he could smell them. And he was right. Sundowners. At the Lebala tree. Such an amazing feeling. If I have one small criticism, it would be the privacy of the tents. They are definitely massive, but being mesh, even whispered conversations can be heard. This also means hearing every single sound outside at night. Hippos are loud when they are munching on the grass right outside your unit. And they did.....both nights. This won't deter me from returning, though. It is a fantastic experience, but be warned, sometimes sleep is definitely interrupted. I am already planning another return, and Lebala is just one of those places that captures your heart.
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Date of stay: November 2021
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