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Lebala Camp - Kwando Safaris

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Kwando Reserve Maun, Kwando Concession NG14 Botswana
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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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Jjs_email wrote a review May 2020
Phoenix, Arizona50 contributions22 helpful votes
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I went there on the second leg of a photo safari. The first part had been exceptional. The second part was just as good. The first day we followed a pack of wild dogs for only a short time before we witnessed them take down some pray. We witnessed a variety of animals and the guides went above and beyond every step of the way.
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Date of stay: December 2019Trip type: Traveled solo
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ToolFan521 wrote a review Mar 2020
Smithtown, New York79 contributions5 helpful votes
We spent 3 nights at Lebala Camp in March 2020. I've been to several Kwando camps over the past few years, and all are great (which is why I keep returning). The sightings, guide / tracker quality, staff and landscape are all great, and at one of the more affordable prices in Botswana. This was the first camp we visited during an 8 night stay, and the bar was immediately set very high. Here's a quick list of highlights: - 3 male lions near the airstrip on our first night - one of these males heard a female lion killing a warthog a good distance away and ran off (we followed) to steal her kill. We watched as he and his friend consumed the warthog - mother cheetah with 3 cubs (very shy, so we kept our distance and didn't stay for long) - rock python on the airstrip surrounded by jackals - 2 male lions (Sarge and Old Gun) chasing one of the 3 males we saw the first night, roaring, battling for territory, culminating in a brief fight - pack of 4 wild dogs hunting in a marsh area and eventually bringing down a red lechwe Meanwhile, the camp is beautiful as are the rooms. These are wood-frame tented rooms raised a few feet off the ground. There are no mosquito nets but they were able to put some up for us at our request. It wasn't very buggy at all though so I don't think nets were necessary. I believe I've read some reviews online where people said Lebala is looking dated. I disagree - it looks beautiful, and the food / staff / service are great. If you're visiting for the wildlife I think you'll be very happy. If you need immaculate luxury, silk sheets, every wine imaginable, and a personal masseuse following you around all day, then you're going to be disappointed and you should consider spending quadruple the price at a different camp. Our guide was Mayezi, with Mr. Moe tracking, and both were great. Mayezi spent some time teaching us about some of the little things like how to walk through thorny areas without shoes (he learned this before he was 10 years old), and general info about growing up in this area. Obviously their skills as guide / tracker were good too, as you can see from the sightings we had. On my next visit I'd be glad to work with either / both of them again.
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Date of stay: March 2020
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pilgrim3739 wrote a review Mar 2020
Faversham, United Kingdom346 contributions101 helpful votes
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The luxury of this lodge , is that it is set in 60,000 hectares, with just one other lodge , if you see another vehicle, it will be the other one from Lebala After 8 nights mobile safari , the luxury of a large room , 8 ft wide bed , bathtub , flushing toilet , his and her showers, and general comfort was very welcome You go on safari to see wildlife , and we were not disappointed, lions and lioness with family , cheetah family , 3 large cubs , a leopard , a Ground hornbill family , and for us , our highlight , 20 minutes with a pangolin , wonderful We made use of the pool , between drives , used the complimentary laundry service And if we were drinkers the complimentary bar The driver guide and tracker , Wago and KB , were very good, and it was a joy to see how happy they were to see the cheetah family as well Thoroughly enjoyed our 3 night stay
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Date of stay: March 2020
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Chris H wrote a review Jan 2020
Barnsley, United Kingdom6,604 contributions4,337 helpful votes
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We enjoyed a four night stay here on our first Botswana safari adventure, having travelled overland from Lagoon camp. The camp itself is a little dated, the rooms are small & very close together, which reduces privacy & the sense of peace. The staff are great, our guide Elvis was great & we enjoyed our stay here. I think we were unlucky with game viewing at this camp, which is the nature of safari. Glad to recommend, although slight issues.
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Date of stay: January 2020Trip type: Traveled as a couple
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Carolyn H wrote a review Jan 2020
Andover, Massachusetts41 contributions12 helpful votes
My husband and I traveled 2 weeks in Africa recently and stayed at 3 different safari camps. Kwando Lebala was the second camp we stayed at and, while it was an excellent camp, it was the most dated of the 3 we stayed at. I'm still giving it 5 stars because if we hadn't stayed at 2 others that were better, we would have given it 5 stars. It still would have deserved 5 stars in our opinion because of its prime location for wildlife viewing, which was the focus of our trip. We had tremendous viewings of lions, which was the one species we were hoping to see that we hadn't seen at the first camp, Kwando Kwara. We had the raw experience of witnessing a pride of lions dine on a zebra. What made the experience surreal was that a day earlier we'd all commented how cute the lion cubs were at a watering hole. We also had better viewings of elephants here due to their proliferation and proximity to a river. The tents at this camp are quite different from those at Kwara - much more like tents (although still a wooden frame). We actually loved the mesh which enclosed the structure, but it took away the feeling of being secluded since we could see our neighbor's tent through the "wall". While the outdoor showers were wonderful and spacious (and very welcome due to the extreme heat wave), they were beside the walkway to tents beyond ours, so there was less feeling of privacy. Like Kwara, there was no A/C, which was only really an issue during afternoon siesta time. We tried going to the communal pool once, but it was very small and buggy - so we cooled off in the outdoor shower and bathtub. All food and drink is included, which we loved, in theory, but the refrigerator in the communal area was small, operating badly, and saved for traditionally cooled beverages.. Red wine is my preference and is best served room temperature, but room temperature mid-day was 114 F, so I was rather out of luck.
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Date of stay: November 2019
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Room Tip: We were in tent 4 (I think). Our friends who were further away (higher number) from the center...
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Frequently Asked Questions about Lebala Camp - Kwando Safaris
What are some of the property amenities at Lebala Camp - Kwando Safaris?
Some of the more popular amenities offered include free breakfast, a pool, and an on-site restaurant.
What food & drink options are available at Lebala Camp - Kwando Safaris?
Guests can enjoy free breakfast, an on-site restaurant, and a lounge during their stay.
Are there opportunities to exercise at Lebala Camp - Kwando Safaris?
Yes, guests have access to a pool during their stay.
Does Lebala Camp - Kwando Safaris have an airport shuttle?
Yes, Lebala Camp - Kwando Safaris offers an airport shuttle for guests. We recommend calling ahead to confirm details.