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
"We loved staying here"
Very good game viewing with Alex. He is very knowledgeable and obviously loves his job. He gave us lots of information on everything we saw and was able to answer all our questions." See all these reviews: 7n in Botswana; 2n in Zambia
"Lebala Camp review"
Guide Alex and tracker Julius showed enormous forbearance in the face of a well meaning American who insisted we went back to look at some tracks she had seen, as she thought they were Wild Dog. Alex identified them as avian, and she asked him if he was sure! We did find the dogs though; the highlight of the trip. Both guiding and tracking were of a high standard.
Lying in bed in the middle of the night, listening to an elephant chomping on something just outside, is a real priviledge." See all these reviews: 7n in Botswana
I liked the open trucks much better than the covered trucks, despite getting mildly wet and a little bit hotter. The trucks at Lebala are pretty old, but I probably would not have noticed, if we had not gone to Kwara next. They apparently will be replaced at some time in the future. The camp is in a beautiful location.
The only problem at Lebala was that a trophy hunter stayed in the camp the first night we were there. He had chartered a helicopter to hunt in Zimbabwe. We are in a current battle in the states with trophy hunters, so the last thing I wanted to hear on my vacation were hunting stories about animlas I would love to see in the wild. I understand that Botswana and the other African countries probably still need hunting revenue to help with consevervation (kill to conserve, the lesser of two evils) and there are concessions in Botswana which allow hunting, but it really ruined my first night there and would have ruined the rest, if he had not left.
I preferred the open trucks with Kwando and really enjoyed our drivers and trackers at both camps, but I don't think I can return to Kwando camps if there is even a small chance hunters will be in the camps. I do not agree with multipurpose camps. It is way too depressing." See all these reviews: 10n in Botswana; 2n in South Africa; 2n in Zimbabwe
Expert Africa have never, and will never, arrange hunting trips; we don’t support it in any way. However, we can’t ‘vet’ travellers who are sent by other tour operators to the camps that we use. We understand that the person who upset this guest was on a photographic holiday at Lebala Camp; but another part of their trip was a hunting trip in Zimbabwe. Upon realising that this person was a trophy hunter, the managers at Lebala Camp arranged a private vehicle for him and his party, understanding that his views would also not be appreciated by other guests.
As with anywhere, different people hold different views. A very small number may have views that others find offensive, or pursue topics of conversation, or pastimes, which upset others. We’re really sorry about the serious effect of this, but we can’t predict who fellow guests will be at any camp in Africa. Incidents like this are thankfully very rare; certainly most of our travellers have a clear ethic in favour of conservation and development – and we do our best to encourage this where we can.
"Lebala Camp review"
The staff at Lebala were all delightful and very helpful; special praise should go to our guide Tabu and to the Manager, Obi and Oscar. The facilities were excellent although the need for some minor repairs was evident and being addressed.
We saw Lion, Leopard, Elephant, Giraffe, Hippos and many birds and we got closer to the game here than at any other camp. Judy was especially impressed by the efforts the cooks made to provide her with fat-free food - including her own muffins for breakfast and exclusive dishes at other meals." See all these reviews: 9n in Botswana; 1n in South Africa
"Hippos galore at Lebala"
Having water on three sides, the camp is very open and during our stay many hippos came out to graze around the tents at night. Don't expect to get a quiet night's sleep as they make the most amazing range of noises, but it's great to listen to them. Being woken in the dark by the deep rumble of an elephant only just the other side of the canvas was really amazing, if slightly scary!
The rooms/tents are very spacious, stylish, spotlessly clean and very comfortable. The only slight down-side is that all the walls are made from strong fly-screening material, with just thin curtains that are pulled around some of the walls at night. Whilst this is very pleasant in the day (and probably excellent when it's hot in the summer), I did feel that it gave less privacy when the light is on at night and when the temperature drops significantly at night, it can feel quite draughty." See all these reviews: 8n in Botswana
"Lebala Camp review"
The staff was exceptionally friendly and helpful.The food was great and plentiful and there were lots of fruits and vegetables, which I appreciated. I celebrated my birthday at this camp and the staff bent over backwards to give me a real birthday surprise!
Our guide was Charles, the camp manager. He was unbelievably great! So knowledgeable and friendly and bold! He got us closer to the animals than any other guide. He drove hours out of the way so that we could see the wild dogs that were resting after a hunt at another camp. We saw herds of elephants, zebras, an enormous pride of lions and giraffes, zebra and cheetas. And we were so close to them that our pictures are National Geographic quality! Our entire trip to Africa was amazing, but we will always hold a special place in our hearts for Lebala." See all these reviews: 5n in Botswana; 3n in South Africa; 1n in Zambia
"Lebala Camp review"
I had my birthday there and they made it into a very discreet but lovely celebration. Loved the hippos around and we saw lots of wildlife and great birds.
Unsuccessful leopard hunt!! but we did see the Cheetahs!!" See all these reviews: 8n in Namibia; 6n in Botswana; 2n in Zambia
Although this was our fourth and final camp experience, our guide, Hector was able to share a wealth of interesting new information and knowledge which kept the whole experience fresh." See all these reviews: 10n in Botswana; 2n in Zambia
"good game drive safari"
Both issues sorted out fairly quickly.
Helpful staff and interesting game drives" See all these reviews: 10n in Botswana; 2n in Zambia
"We loved Lebala"
From our point of view the Night Drives went on about an hour too long( our age??)
The vehicles had seen better days, but we think they were getting new ones" See all these reviews: 9n in Botswana; 3n in Zambia
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