Reviews of Lebala Camp
Wildlife sightings and reviews
174 independent comments and wildlife information from our travellers who have visited Lebala Camp and kindly agreed to share their thoughts. They do not necessarily represent the views of Expert Africa
"Saved the best till last"
In the following days, we would follow the 19 strong pack of lions. Just extraordinary to watch their interactions. Many "teenagers" and sub-adults with their antics made for great photo opportunities. I must mention that at this camp, we had a private vehicle and guide/tracker. KK and MP were absolutely wonderful, teaching us many things, and allowing us to fully participate in the search/tracking. When I mentioned that I hadn't seen any "nice" elephants yet in my stay (all had been males in musth so far), the following morning, he found us a "parade" of elephants heading to the water. There had to be 40.....all very relaxed around us. And many with young ones. Another favourite moment.
If I had one small criticism, it would be the lack of privacy in the units. Being mesh on all 4 walls, and spaced fairly close together, we found you could hear even whispered conversations in the next tent. Other than that, they were very lovely, with a pleasing layout. It was always warm enough during our stay for the outdoor shower, but I did wonder if it was June or July, would I be happy with that as the only option.
On our final night, the staff surprised us with a private dinner. It was absolutely unexpected, and was so touching how they spoiled me on this milestone trip.
The service, the food, staff, superior guiding, the camp, and the terrain and wildlife made this camp a must for any return trips for me. It put it in a league of its own. And......as if to make it even more special......on our final morning on the way to the airstrip.......we were witness to the lion pride bringing down a cape buffalo and feed. Right in front of us. Remarkable.
" See all these reviews: 9n in Botswana
"Lebala Camp review"
We subsequently stayed at the sister camp in this concession (Lagoon) which was equally as impressive but quite different in character with its waterside setting. Lebala is set in an area of more open grassland and the opportunity to experience both locations back to back made for an interesting and varied programme and we felt it maximised the wildlife viewing opportunities." See all these reviews: 16n in Botswana; 10n in Zimbabwe
"Lebala Camp Review"
The rooms were well appointed, luxurious, with a feeling of openness that made it a pleasure to spend the quiet afternoon hours there. Our guide Elvis was fantastic!
He knew the landscape and the wildlife like that back of his hand, went out of his way to ensure we had good sightings, educated us with lots of minute details and entertained us with some good stories in the evening." See all these reviews: 8n in Botswana; 1n in South Africa
"Lebala Camp best of 4 visited as guide superb"
We spent 2 nights at both Lebala and nearby Lagoon camps in the hope of seeing wild dogs at one or other of them and had a sighting at Lebala of a small pack, although disappointingly not of them hunting. Ironically, later, at Splash camp, we had 2 sightings of a large 25+ strong pack of wild dogs although again not of them hunting. Although game sightings were below expectations, with little or nothing at night, the highlight was following a large pride of lion hunting and then fighting over their kill.
The chalet had socket outlets for both a variety of worldwide plug types and also S. African 3 round pin plugs as well as USB plugs. By taking a UK plug to S. African round pin socket adapter, we were able to simultaneously utilise these 2 sockets to charge 2 gadgets..
Food at Lebala average, with meat a challenge but vegetable items good. The absence of mosquitos was welcome. " See all these reviews: 10n in Botswana; 2n in Zambia
"Excellent wildlife at Lebala Camp"
The sightings on the game drives were excellent, with a big pride of 19 lions (very close), cheetahs, wild dogs, roan and sable antelopes, great birdlife and much more. The spotter worked very well with the guide. " See all these reviews: 11n in Zambia; 9n in Botswana; 1n in South Africa
"Lagoon Camp Review"
We had some amazing lion sightings. It was only six months since I was last in the area and so many changes in lion politics!
Some nights you don’t see much on the drive back to camp, but on our last night we saw a leopard up a tree, a porcupine and a Serval all in the space of five minutes.
The staff are lovely. We were with the guide G (who is a complete legend) and the tracker Kern who is charming and has the makings of a great guide. " See all these reviews: 6n in Botswana
"Superb tracking at Lebala Camp"
We had some amazing sightings thanks in part to the excellent and sustained collaboration between our guide and our tracker. It was wonderful to watch the way they worked together to find wild dogs and older pups which were no longer denning, as well as two different prides of lions.
We very much enjoyed the staff's singing and dancing one evening before dinner.
" See all these reviews: 10n in Botswana; 2n in Zimbabwe
"Great experience of Africa in a lovely settin"
The location was good, despite not being near water, and the accommodation, food, service and welcome was again very good.
Our highlight was seeing three young (2-3 months old) lion cubs chasing a honey badger. Fortunately for them they didn't catch it!
As well as the sightings mentioned below we also saw jackals, a mongoose and a bat-eared fox.
Again, despite only being there for two nights, we saw a lot of wildlife and had a great time." See all these reviews: 10n in Botswana
"Lebala Camp review"
"Great Traditional Bush Camp"
We had a great team in our guide Bate and tracker Simo and every game drive was full of fascinating encounters. Numerous species of antelope were plentiful, plus zebra, hippo, buffalo, and giraffe. Predators included lion, leopard , wild dog and hyena.
The highlight was being able to get really close to leopards - one a large male, the other his mother - on three occasions and spend time just observing these beautiful cats. " See all these reviews: 10n in Botswana
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