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Lebala Camp
Lebala Camp
Lebala Camp
Lebala Camp
Lebala Camp
Lebala Camp

About Lebala Camp

An early-morning drive at Lebala. The tracker points; the guide motions for silence; the atmosphere is electric: wild dogs!

In the south of the vast private Kwando Reserve, Lebala lies on the edge of the Linyanti Marshes, looking out as far as the eye can see over wetland and grassy floodplains. Lion, leopard and cheetah roam the plains, and wild dogs have denned here for more than two decades

Scaling back, a small footbridge crosses a lily-filled channel to camp, where all is calm and orderly. Sandy pathways lead to huge tented chalets, with views over the plains. Watch out for wildlife from the wooden balcony or inside – from the bed or comfy chairs – through floor-to-ceiling mesh windows and sliding doors.

In the heat of the day, help yourself to a cooling drink from the fridge in the lounge, then retreat to the shady viewing deck and check out the birdlife. Or make your way to the plunge pool – where you can still keep an eye on the plains, of course.

As night falls, a decadent bath may appeal, or a shower under the stars, before mulling over the day’s adventures around the firepit. With dinner around a big communal table, the day is complete.

Accommodation
8 chalets & 1 family
Children
Best for 12+
Open
All year

Activities

4WD Safari

4WD Safari

Birdwatching

Birdwatching

Boat trip

Boat trip

Fishing

Fishing

Guided walking safari

Guided walking safari

Helicopter

Helicopter

Night drive

Night drive

Safaris visiting Lebala Camp

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Pangolin safari

8 days • 3 locations • 1 country
MAUN AIRPORT TO MAUN AIRPORT

Three relaxed, local feeling camps in pristine settings – the Kwando Reserve and Okavango Delta. Guided by a driver and tracker at each, this a great trip for spotting Botswana’s top predators.

Visiting Okavango Delta, Kwando-Linyanti

US$6,200 - US$11,040 per person

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Traveller reviews of Lebala Camp

174 real, un-edited reviews from Expert Africa's travellers.


95%
174 reviews since August 2007
Excellent
138
Good
31
Average
5
Poor
0
Terrible
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Ms A and Mr WfromCalgary

Arrived 2 Dec 2019, 3 nights

"Saved the best till last"

"The service, food, staff, superior guiding & wildlife made this a must for me. …" Read Ms A and Mr W’s full holiday review

Overall rating: Excellent

WiljofromNorfolk

Arrived 9 Oct 2019, 2 nights

"Lebala Camp review"

"Excellent all round. ... …" Read Wiljo’s full holiday review

Overall rating: Excellent

Ms F.fromLondon

Arrived 29 Aug 2019, 3 nights

"Lebala Camp Review"

"had the best guide-tracker combo of the trip …" Read Ms F.’s full holiday review

Overall rating: Excellent

Ms DfromIreland

Arrived 24 Aug 2019, 3 nights

"Excellent wildlife at Lebala Camp"

"Spacious rooms. The sightings on the game drives were excellent.. …" Read Ms D’s full holiday review

Overall rating: Good

Mr & Mrs R.fromWadhurst

Arrived 27 Aug 2019, 2 nights

"Lebala Camp best of 4 visited as guide superb"

"We had an outstanding guide, Elvis ... …" Read Mr & Mrs R.’s full holiday review

Overall rating: Excellent

Mrs LfromBasingstoke

Arrived 23 Jul 2019, 2 nights

"Superb tracking at Lebala Camp"

"excellent and sustained collaboration between our guide and our tracker …" Read Mrs L’s full holiday review

Overall rating: Excellent

Miss RfromKent

Arrived 24 Jul 2019, 3 nights

"Lagoon Camp Review"

"We had some amazing lion sightings..The staff are lovely. …" Read Miss R’s full holiday review

Overall rating: Excellent

PancDocfromSwansea

Arrived 9 Jun 2019, 2 nights

"Great experience of Africa in a lovely settin"

"Very good guide and tracker, Mike and Seemo were excellent, informative and fun …" Read PancDoc’s full holiday review

Overall rating: Excellent

BirdyfromCheadle

Arrived 19 Mar 2019, 3 nights

"Lebala Camp review"

"Lovely facilities and food and guiding …" Read Birdy’s full holiday review

Overall rating: Excellent

Mr & Mrs BfromMaidstone

Arrived 8 Jun 2018, 3 nights

"Brilliant Lebala - the highlight of our trip"

"Lebala was the highlight of our whole holiday. …" Read Mr & Mrs B’s full holiday review

Overall rating: Excellent

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Our travellers’ wildlife sightings from Lebala Camp

Click an animal to see our traveller's success in sighting them.
How we work this out.


Elephant

100% success

Giraffe

100% success

Lion

100% success

Wildebeest

100% success

Zebra

100% success

Buffalo

93% success

Hippo

91% success

Wild dog

57% success

Leopard

50% success

Spotted Hyena

50% success

Roan antelope

38% success

Sable antelope

38% success

Cheetah

14% success

Brown Hyena

13% success

Pangolin

8% success

Aardvark

0% success

Lebala Camp's location

Look closer at the environment and surroundings of Lebala Camp.


When to go to Kwando-Linyanti area

Our month by month guide: What it's like to visit Lebala Camp in Kwando-Linyanti area


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Botswana in January

January is at the peak of Botswana’s rainy season. These rains are often in the evening and are short but heavy, with occasional thunderstorms. Temperatures will still be high but cooler than October–December. Animals are generally dispersed, and not easy to spot, with the best game viewing found in the north of Chief’s Island and on the eastern and southern sides of the Okavango Delta. January is also one of the best months to see the zebra and wildebeest migration in the Makgadikgadi salt pans and at Nxai Pan. Migratory birds abound throughout northern Botswana, along with a large number of breeding flamingos in the flooded salt pans. Rates are generally relatively low, making this a good time to visit on a budget.

  • Temperatures are still warm, with occasional thunderstorms
  • The bush feels alive; birdlife is at its most spectacular
  • Big game is dispersed
  • Zebra & wildebeest migration at its height
  • Availability in lodges and camps is often very good

Our view

A good time to visit, with pros & cons

Weather in January

Botswana in February

The weather in February is very similar to January, with heavy rain most days – often towards evening – and temperatures on the high side, albeit cooling off from the rains and surface water. Across northern Botswana, the landscape feels green and alive; insects and smaller animals are more easily seen, and many birds and animals are raising their young. However, the rains have created pools and waterholes in the bush and thicker vegetation and tall grass makes it trickier to spot larger animals. Further south, the game viewing is beginning to pick up in the Central Kalahari Game Reserve. Visitor numbers remain low, with attendant rates and availability in camps and lodges.

  • Temperatures still warm with occasional thunderstorms
  • Many animals with young; birdlife at its most spectacular
  • Big game is dispersed
  • Game viewing picking up in the Central Kalahari
  • Visitor numbers are low, so camp availability can be very good

Our view

This is not a great time to visit

Weather in February

Botswana in March

March usually sees Botswana’s main rains starting to tail off. Many days will be clear, with a strong sun raising temperatures. On some days clouds will build, and the late-afternoon may see a short thunderstorm. Across the country, the landscape is green and alive. Many birds and animals are finishing raising their young. Much of the migration is now moving north towards the Savute area or Chobe National Park, though thick vegetation still makes it trickier to spot even larger animals. March is one of the best times to be in the Central Kalahari Game Reserve, where many of the pans fill up and animals come to drink, closely followed by predators. With few visitors in most areas, rates may still be relatively low.

  • Variable weather: rains tailing off but still hot
  • Occasional small thunderstorms
  • Many animals finish raising their young; birdlife still spectacular
  • The best time to visit the Central Kalahari Game Reserve
  • Few tourists visit during March, so rates often low

Our view

A good time to visit, with pros & cons

Weather in March

Botswana in April

During April the rains have usually stopped, though there may be still be the odd late downpour. This results in clear skies and a lovely green, lush landscape. Night-time temperatures usually start to drop during April with this being most noticeable in the Central Kalahari and the Makgadikgadi areas. The Central Kalahari is really coming into its own at this point and from April through to May/June the Savute region is a particular favourite of ours, with good predator/prey interaction. In much of northern Botswana, the camps are coming into their “shoulder” season, so rates are on the rise but still relatively low.

  • Evening temperatures cooling with just the odd shower
  • Northern Botswana is green and lush
  • Many animals still with young; good predator/prey interaction
  • Central Kalahari and Savute the best places for wildlife
  • A popular shoulder season time to book. Rates relatively low

Our view

A good time to visit, with pros & cons

Weather in April

Botswana in May

May is a very popular month to visit Botswana, often the last month of the “shoulder” season before camp rates hit their peak. While there is very little chance of rain, the annual floods from Angola are starting to make their way through the northern part of the Delta, and will eventually reach the majority of the Okavango late June. With cooler temperatures morning and evening, predator activity tends to be higher, although tall grasses can still obstruct game viewing. With cool crisp evenings, and the game viewing really picking up, this is the favourite time to visit for many of our team – and camp bookings throughout Botswana are snapped up quickly.

  • Cool mornings and evenings with little chance of rain
  • Game viewing is beginning to pick up
  • Predator activity increasing, though grasses still quite high
  • Last month of “shoulder” season for most camps
  • Availability goes quickly throughout Botswana

Our view

A very good time to visit

Weather in May

Botswana in June

June is the real start of the dry season. Temperatures are still cool in the morning and evenings with night-time temperatures sometimes reaching freezing, rising to 25–30 degrees Celsius during the day, with blue skies. Along with this comes a certain clarity to the air, favourable for serious photographers. Surface water and waterholes begin to dry up during this period and many animals begin to congregate around the remaining areas with water. Visibility is improving as the grass is beginning to die back, and game viewing is very good everywhere, with particular improvement in the Kwando–Linyanti areas. Not surprisingly, camp availability is becoming scarce and rates are high.

  • Warm, comfortable days; cold nights, morning & evenings
  • Air clarity favours serious photographers
  • Wildlife is gravitating to waterholes, making game-viewing productive
  • Grasses beginning to die back
  • Most camps are into peak season, with rates correspondingly high

Our view

Fantastic: the very best time to visit

Weather in June

Botswana in July

Evenings and mornings are still cool in July, and this combined with great game viewing makes it one of the most popular times to visit Botswana. Vegetation is really thinning out now making game easier to spot, with the few remaining waterholes attracting lots of wildlife. The north-eastern side of Chobe National Park, along the Chobe River, is also very rewarding, although this area can become very busy. Game viewing is extremely good in the Khwai areas, too, but again, this is a public area and – unlike in the private concessions of the Delta – vehicle numbers can be high. Camps are now very much into the peak season, and tend to be full.

  • Comfortable days; cold nights, morning & evenings
  • Game viewing very good as vegetation dies back and waterholes dry out
  • Chobe Riverfront and Khwai areas become very busy
  • Private concessions helps to avoid potentially high vehicle numbers
  • Now very much into peak season

Our view

Fantastic: the very best time to visit

Weather in July

Botswana in August

August is a popular time to visit Botswana, coinciding with the European summer holidays, and camp availability is difficult. Temperatures are generally cool at night, and comfortable during the day, although towards the end of the month they can rise above 35 degrees Celsius (albeit with low humidity). Cloudless skies bring spectacular star-gazing. Wildlife has congregated around the few remaining water sources, and much of the vegetation has now died back, so wildlife viewing tends to be varied and rewarding, particularly in the Okavango Delta. Depending on the rains in Angola this can also be one of the best times to see the delta floods at their peak.

  • Dry, warm days, with mainly cool nights
  • Cloudless skies with spectacular stars at night
  • A fantastic time for wildlife watching, particularly in the Okavango
  • Traditionally one of the best times to see the Delta in full flood
  • Peak season: so high rates and many lodges full

Our view

Fantastic: the very best time to visit

Weather in August

Botswana in September

September is another favourite month for some of our team members. Daytime temperatures are getting warmer, but nights remain cool. With the drier conditions, most of the greenery has faded from the landscape, and dust or even smoke create hazy conditions that aren’t great for photographers – though this does result in fantastic sunsets. This is another extremely good month for game viewing, with large numbers of elephant and buffalo congregating in the Chobe region and migrant birds begin to return to Botswana. Rates remain high – and availability correspondingly low.

  • Warmer days and cool nights
  • One of the best months for wildlife viewing
  • Large congregations of elephant & buffalo in the Chobe region
  • Hazy conditions less good for photographers, but brilliant sunsets
  • High season rates; many lodges & camps are full

Our view

Fantastic: the very best time to visit

Weather in September

Botswana in October

October is the one of the hottest months of the year, and usually one of the driest. Towards the end of the month the chances of rain can increase, and along with this can come greater humidity. The air is usually dry and hazy, making photography more challenging, but the lack of water and vegetation result in very good big-game viewing. Water levels are now much lower, so water-based activities such as boating, mokoro trips and fishing cease in many of the camps which are not on major tributaries.

  • Hot temperatures, with the chance of rain towards the end of the month
  • Great big-game viewing
  • Less opportunity for water activities in camps as floods recede
  • Hazy air not great for photographers
  • Final month of the peak season in camps

Our view

Fantastic: the very best time to visit

Weather in October

Botswana in November

November usually marks the end of the dry season in Botswana, when increasing temperatures drive a rise in humidity, sometimes culminating in the first rains. These are often short but very heavy showers in the late afternoon or during the night, and can be spectacular. The rains lower the temperatures slightly but bring a flush of green back into the dry landscapes. As waterholes in surrounding areas fill, wildlife will gradually begin to disperse as it is not restricted by the availability of water. November is a great time for birdwatching, with the arrival of many migrant birds. The first couple of weeks are very popular with travellers looking for great game viewing at lower rates as Botswana enters the “shoulder” season.

  • Hot in the middle of the day; sometimes humid
  • Heavy showers increasingly likely as the month progresses
  • Wildlife watching still good, but less reliable once it rains
  • Migrant birds start to arrive
  • “Shoulder” season brings mid-range rates in camps

Our view

A good time to visit, with pros & cons

Weather in November

Botswana in December

The rains in Botswana have now started, bringing some respite to the high temperatures. Game viewing becomes harder as wildlife is more dispersed but great sightings can still be had in the right areas such as Khwai and the Kwara and Mombo concessions. Areas such as the Makgadikgadi Pans change completely with the salt pans becoming covered in a shallow layer of water attracting large numbers of breeding flamingos. Low-season rates at many camps are a draw.

  • Temperatures starting to fall from the highs of October/November
  • Very high chance of rain, usually large heavy storms for short periods
  • Flamingos return to breed at the Makgadikgadi Pans
  • Wildlife more dispersed, so game viewing more challenging
  • Typically low-season rates in the camps

Our view

A good time to visit, with pros & cons

Weather in December

Botswana fact file

Useful information and advice to help you prepare for a trip including Lebala Camp


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Selinda Camp

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