Reviews of Lebala Camp
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Fascinating Tracking at Lebala
Lebala camp was lovely too - fantastic setting by the river. We liked our tent which was the furthest away from the main camp - it felt like we were really in the bush. The camp was quiet and relaxed, but busy in the evenings at dinner with a lot of guests - but this created a fun atmosphere and we laughed a lot with other guests and also the Kwando guides and staff.
The highlight was the walking safari (beautiful and a totally different 'angle' on experiencing the wildlife) and the two and a half days we spent tracking a pack of wild dogs. This was fascinating and we would have liked more information or involvement on how the trackers and guides were following the dog tracks and what they were thinking.
Elephants plus at Lebala Camp
A very comfortable camp with very good game viewing from comfortable vehicles. Plenty of elephants, hippos, zebras, giraffes, warthogs, impala, kudu and other herbivores. Wonderful sightings of a pack of nine wild dogs plus a leopard and lion!
Only criticism is that our "tent' did become quite hot at afternoon siesta time.
Safari in great comfort
This was our first experience of African animals on the savannah and it was fantastic. Once again the staff were extremely helpful and ensured we would have a memorable time.Read more about the whole safari
A visually appealing, comfortable Lebala Camp
We were impressed with the guides overall knowledge and preparedness to track animals that we were keen to view. The interactions between the guides and guest made our visit most enjoyable. We appreciated the style and choices of food at all meals.
We were pleasantly surprised by the staff singing on our last night.
Great introduction to safaris
The camp manager was exceptional in professionalism and had developed a great team
Felt safe throughout whole time with guides and trackers
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Sugar was a great guide. He found us a leopard, the red lechwe, the sable antelope, and many other species.
A great score in just two days.
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Very well managed camp. Charles knows how to lead his guides.
The rooms and the location are phantastic.
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Ok this was my third camp and I had been spoilt by the two in the Delta. I was transferred from the airstrip to a game drive already in progress. I feel for the guests that had to wait around for me instead of going in search of wildlife and would have been more than happy to go direct to the camp. Once I arrived I was made very welcome but seem to have got one of the less desirable rooms which I guess somebody has to have but its views were not great (room 7). The accommodation itself is great and well laid out, love going for a pee looking out over trees with birds singing in them.
Now my main aim was to see the wild dogs and this is why I perhaps would not rate so highly as the other camps. Because I was traveling on my own I was in the vehicle with a great German family but it seems I was stuck doing what they wanted or rather had to do. On the second day they were transferring to Lagoon in the morning so wanted to do a walking safari on their way up. Now I really didn't want to do the walking safari but also because they were transferring there was no chance of seeing the wild dogs which were in the other location. Ideally these transfers should be done out of game drive times so people like me don't waste a morning doing things they don't want to do. I did think that as I would be the only person in the vehicle in the afternoon that we could go looking for the dogs. Sadly I was moved to another vehicle as going out with just one guest isn't done (unlike Little Kawara who were more than happy with this). Thankfully the group I joined wanted to see the wild dogs and a concerted campaign persuaded our new guide to go looking for the wild dogs. To be fair he was great and we saw a lot and were very very lucky and ran into, quite literally, the dogs on our way back. On another afternoon drive we came across a dead impala stashed for later consumption but to my surprise we neither staked it out or even bothered to return later to check out the kill and see what had done for the poor little impala.
Overall the staff were great and food was fantastic but I sometimes felt what I wanted wasn't always what was scheduled and despite asking to see the dogs at every chance I got we only once got to actually look for them. I am not keen on the transfer process where guests have to go to the halfway point on a glorified taxi run when they have paid to be on game drives.
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We were the only guests for the first 2 nights, so could arrange the timetable to suit ourselves in consultation with a/manager Mapilo. Had some amazing sightings. including four female lions , after unsuccessfully hunting warthog, ambushing and starting to suffocate a baby hippo, but thwarted by the arrival of 2 adult hippos who chased off the lions and nudged the very sick baby into the lagoon.
We also tracked a large male leopard to where he was resting with a freshly killed warthog and saw the amazing strength of him in carrying his kill up a tree. We returned the next day to find six lions on the scent of the kill, but it was well out of reach.
Our good game viewing was almost entirely due to the excellent tracking skills of Moeti (Mr Mo) who was truly outstanding
Great dog sighting at Lebala Camp
Excellent customer service. Shoes (tracker) and Tabo (guide) and Charles always made it a point to say our names when talking to us. Felt more personal.
Great dog sighting. Were able follow them hunt for a little while.