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Like its sister camp, lagoon, Lebala Camp resides in the massive Kwando Concession in northern Botswana. Lebala is a fairly newly refurbished camp, which was completed to a high standard. We like this camp as all the accommodation as far from each other and the main area is relaxed and convivial and is a place for you to sit and have a drink and talk about the day’s wildlife activities.
What sets this place apart, like its sister camp, is its attitude towards your game experience. The guides here are generally fantastic and know this vast area inimitably. Together with their tracker policy and the fact that the area boasts some of the most expansive game numbers and predator activity, makes Lebala hard to stay away from.
At times, this is an exceptionally exciting place to be and we have no hesitation in recommending this lodge.
The Kwando River concession is 232 000 ha (573 000 acres)of unfenced wilderness area and features two camps on the Kwando River – Lagoon and Lebala. Famous for huge herds of elephant and buffalo with our wild dog viewing considered the best in Africa. Predators include lion, leopard, hyena, cheetah and four species of smaller cats.
The area was subject to the documentary “Tight Spots”, or “Mad Mike and Marks’, which successfully showed the unbelievable array of wildlife that this area of Botswana has to offer.
If anywhere in Botswana is a “Big Game” area, then the Kwando concession has to be close to the top
Lebala is situated in the south of the Kwando concession, adjacent to the head waters of the Linyanti marshes that form the boundary between Botswana and Namibia.
The southerly flowing Kwando river disappears into the vast marshland before emerging as the Linyanti river. The triangle formed by this vast wetland is home to the Mamili National Park in Namibia.
Lebala means ‘wide open spaces’ in Setswana and the scenery is dominated by vast plains with scattered palms and tree islands backed by wooded savannahs. This wild expanse contrasts with the casual understated elegance and luxury of the camp itself.
After a reasonable game drive from the airstrip and upon arrival at the lodge, guests walk over a wooden bridge that spans a winding seasonal waterway.
The elevated walkway leads into the peaceful lounge and bar area under thatch. The structure and its interior is of classic African style, made of thatch and gumpole with seating throughout of wooden furniture. As you walk in from your game drive you are confronted by the bar which is the perfect place to talk about your days game sightings over a gin and tonic. At the back of this main area is a small but well stocked curio shop.
The path continues to the thatched dining area, and onto the pathways that lead to each tent. En-route to the tents is the plunge pool, lapa and magnificent fireplace – the perfect setting for after dinner drinks and exchanging your safari stories.
There are eight spacious custom designed tents set on raised Zimbabwean teak decks with access via a front verandah.
Each tent is surrounded by shade cloth walls, and is open plan, comprising of a large bedroom area and a bathroom which includes double basins, a claw-foot bathtub, separate toilet and an outside double shower. One of the tents has an additional twin bedroom within the unit for family use.
The rooms are kept cool with a combination of ceiling fans and the mosquito net walls. This special gauze allows both an unobstructed flow of cooling breezes and for stunning views.
Rates are per person per night – all inclusive
- January - March & December $760
- April - June & November $1040
- July - October $1415
Please note: The above rates are retail rates and should be seen as indicative, and can change. All rates are subject to availability. Safari Lifestyles guarantees that our rates will be below retail rates.