Reviews of Lebala Camp
They do not necessarily represent the views of Expert Africa.
Remoteness at its best
This camp is being renovated in April and the current manager is retiring, so comments might not be helpful. Nonetheless, all of our experiences here were top-notch with the possible exception of the tents. They were of three large rooms which seemed dark and cavernous and simply didn't allow a breeze. If the heavy brush to either side of the bedroom were thinned, a breeze might be possible; and of course, a fan would help.
We prefer vehicles with canopies, but all the game drives were rewarding. We saw wild dogs, for instance.
As an aside, Lebala afforded us with one of those unpredictable experiences sometimes encountered when traveling: the Lebala airstrip had been under water for a month due to excessive rains when our visit was scheduled. Many of the tracks were flooded as well. Consequently, we were flown into the neighboring airstrip (Lagoon) and had a 3-hour game drive to and from the camp.
Lebala Camp review
We had the best guiding experience of our trip at Lebala. Steve and Simon were just brilliant. The management team was very competent. We can recommend to visit Lebala during the rainy season despite the fact that game and prey densities are fairly low at this time of the year, as the guides there work extremely hard to track down predators and make their very best. We saw a coaltion of cheetahs Cheetahs hunting Katembo worked very hard to track leopards, and finally succeeded to find one with a fresh impalay kill. We saw large herds of Giraffes, and Elephants were still fairly abundant.Read more about the whole safari
Lebala Camp review
Great guides that make your stay a great experience.
But the tents have to be renewed soon.
Expert Africa comments
Lebala's tents will be refurbished in May 2008! New pictures will be posted after Expert Africa's next visit here.
Amazing Kwando safaris - Labala camp
Two days was not long enough! The camp, it's staff, the food, our guide and tracker were all very good and friendly.
Our only comment (and this applies to all camps) is that when we were in Namibia a few years ago we tried different local game. The food we had here was very good but consisted of chicken, lamb and beef. The ostrich we had one night at Lagoon was a nice change and was lovely.
The animals we saw were amazing especially the lion cubs.
Very similar operation to sister camp at Lagoon. Great standard overal.
Nicer tents and more spacious camp layout than Lagoon so a little bit more pieceful.
Biggest drawback was the tents get incredibly hot (when visited in November).
Great cat spotting.
Excellent experience at Lebala Camp
The only bad point about our stay at Lebala was that we only had 2 days, i will recommend at list 3.
The camp was perfect for us with a big and well maintain tent and very very comfortable beds which is great after 30 hours travelling. Maybe a little more light would be nice but this is similar in most camps we had stay.
The common areas where also very nice and we did not need anything else of what they had.
The food was plenty and better than average. It is not a gourmet restaurant but was more than in of for us. The people at Lebala where fantastic, very warm and attentive, always with a natural smile and good humor which is very nice.
We had a private vehicle that was in a very good condition and our private guide was perfect in all aspects.
Finally and most important, the wildlife and landscape where excellent. A big pride of lions kill a buffalo 2 minutes from camp so we visit them in every game drive. Eles, zebras, impalas, giraffs, tsessebe, red lewche, warthogs where all over plus we had some kudus, sable and even wild dog and leopard. Birdlife was very good as well.
Overall i will say our stay at Lebala was great.
At Lebala we were also very fortunate, our guide was Alwyn and the two of us were the only ones in his car. He is quite remarkable; incredible all-around knowledge, (BTW: also a photographer). We learned a lot about Botswana, animals, etc., etc.
We followed and watched 3 lionesses with their 8 cubs, saw them crossing the water, going to hunt. Alwyn went out of his way to show us as much as possible and to get as close as possible. (F.Y.I. Chris, no, didn't see a Caracal - but got some shots of a very pretty Serval after dark at Lebala, also a White-faced Owl). There seemed to be somewhat less wildlife at Lebala then at Lagoon - but that may be also a matter of luck.
We still miss the sound of the hipos and the little frogs outside our tent at night at Lebala.
3nights at Lebala
Vundi was fascinating, and highly knowledgeable. When he started talking of a kingfisher having two foveas, I knew we had someone with an encyclopaedia to pass on to us.
Whenever we weren't finding something to watch, he would stop and tell us about something of the ecology, or termite mounds or trees or birds or something that enriched what we were seeing. We again saw all sorts of wonderful animals.
The food again was great - I do not know how they cook so well in what must be difficult circumstances, and as for how well our washing was done and returned all beautiful - much better than I manage.
Excellent camp- good but not top safari
Well managed, friendly staff excellent facilities.
But as at Lagoon feeling that you fit into Kwando routine rather than individual experience. Guides very friendly and knowledgeable but again focus on big things rather than making all sightings an event. If stopped then guides very willing to explain but needed to be stopped again next time. Improved after we talked to Management about this.
Realise Guests put lot of pressure on Guides for "big things" but need to be sensitive to all clients interests. Kwando need to work on this.
The death of an warthog
The five days spent in Kwara and Lebala were the highlight of our trip. The abundance of the wildlife, the trips on truck, boat, mekoro and the walking safaris were excellent. Our guide and trackers, Donald and Name in Kwara, Hector and Muate in Lebala - deserve to be mentioned especially.
The food and all services were outstanding.
We saw many lions (3 lionesses and eight cubs in Lebala), plenty of buffalos, wildebeast, different antilopes, countless elephants, a leopard and our favorite - the warthog. The most spectacular event was also a little sad for us - the lionesses killing a warthog in Lebala.