Lebala Camp

Reviews of Lebala Camp

Excellent(95%) From 142 travellers
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Below are independent comments from 142 of our travellers who have visited Lebala Camp, and have kindly agreed to share their thoughts.

They do not necessarily represent the views of Expert Africa.
Mr and Mrs E
Arrived on: 8-Sep-2015 Stayed for: 3 nights
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Lebala Camp review

The camp was more basic than the other 2 we went to - no wooden walkways - just tracks to the cabins.

The facilities were not as good - no provision of robes or slippers.

We didn't get a safety briefing before our first game drive (perhaps they assumed all safety aspects had been covered at the previous camp - but they should have still gone over safety issues)

The floor in shower was wooden and polished. It was very slippery when wet.

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R & P - Belgium
Arrived on: 7-Sep-2015 Stayed for: 2 nights
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Great stay at Lebala!

Everyone at Lebala really went out of their way to make our stay a memorable one, and they succeeded! Co-managers Jessica and BK are truly doing a great job at this camp. Top marks for the whole staff for their friendliness and genuine hospitality! The singing and dancing on our last night will remain with us as one of the best memories of our trip!

We loved the camp's setting; very cosy rooms and those nice little touches to make us feel welcome. Lunch and dinner were always delicious, with plenty of choice of fresh vegetables and fruits. Our guide was Jacob and our tracker AT. These guys really worked very hard to give us the best safari experience: wonderful leopard and lion sightings, and to top it of, we saw a caracal ! Jacob is an extremely knowledgable and most entertaining guide. We truly enjoyed his tales buy the campfire!

Some points for improvement:

- early breakfast: not enough porridge for all the guests, and not much else to choose from.

- they might consider
a) moving the power generator out a bit further from the guest tents or
b) getting a more silent model.
We were in room 2, and it sounded like the power generator was standing right next to us, and it produced the sound of 10 heavy trucks. On our last night, the generator had to stay on all night because of one of the other guest's health issues, which is, of course, understandable, but it resulted in us not getting any sleep at all.

Anyway, we would absolutely love to go back to Lebala one day (but in a room further from the power generator...) !

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V & A
Arrived on: 19-Aug-2015 Stayed for: 3 nights
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Lebala Camp review

We did not initially feel as welcome at Lebala as we had at Little Kwara, probably not helped by the slightly larger size of the camp and our not receiving a camp-level induction/orientation on arrival. But our doubts were completely dispelled by the next morning, when we got to know our guide Jacko and our tracker Bowman better (with apologies to both for incorrect spelling) and had an admittedly long and bumpy drive to see the wild dogs and their puppies (who had moved closer to Lagoon).

Jacko and Bowman were endlessly knowledgeable and good humoured, and thanks to their dedication we had some marvellous sightings, which included fascinating lion/lion and lion/buffalo interactions. We were also lucky with night driving at Lebala, managing for example to see an aardwolf and its young as well as a charming baby porcupine.

During our stay we felt that a higher management profile would perhaps have helped the atmosphere gel better particularly over dinner but overall we had a fantastic time at this beautiful and unpretentious camp.

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Smitz
Arrived on: 24-Jun-2015 Stayed for: 3 nights
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Lebala Camp review

Good location and rooms are spacious and comfortable.The laundry service is excellent.

The quality and variety of the food was good,particularly considering the remote location of this (and the other camps). The staff at Lebala are professional, very pleasant and willing to help. The manager at Lebala, Bikay (not sure of the spelling) was the best of the managers at the Kwando camps I visited. He was always visible, welcoming and helpful ......even at 0630 in the morning around the 'breakfast fire'. His enthusiasm, I'm sure, rubbed off on the rest of the staff because Lebala was by far the best run of the camps I visited.

Another 'best' for Lebala was my guide Dux. Dux is very knowledgeable, communicative and experienced. He listens carefully to his guests and tries to make sure everyone's particular wishes are fulfilled. Dux is tenacious and patient when looking for 'requested' animals but isn't reluctant to say that particular animals are not likely to be seen. This means even if someone is disappointed at not seeing their favourite, they don't hold unrealistic hopes. For example he told one guest that there was no hope of seeing cheetahs,he did it in a straightforward fashion but went on to say that the chances of seeing one at their next camp was high and also talked about cheetahs habits and behaviour and the reasons why there were none around Lebala at present.

Our tracker, Bohman (?spelling) was also the best one I encountered. He must have walked a good couple of miles one morning when he and Dux were tracking 3 lionesses for us. And, yes, they did find them and we all learned a lot about paw prints. Wild dog sightings were brilliant. I was fortunate enough to see them hunt and kill. Given comprehensive information about their hierarchical structure and the history of this particular pack and witness their greeting ceremonies.

Lebala was by far the best of the Kwando camps, though I may be a little biased because it was where I first saw wild dogs! Nonetheless, the quality of my guide and tracker and the Manager's professionalism would have made it my favourite even without the dogs.

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Mr K - Essex
Arrived on: 16-Jun-2015 Stayed for: 3 nights
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Lebala Camp review

My first experience of a safari and it was very enjoyable.

The transfer from The River Club to Lebala was faultless.

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Mr W - London
Arrived on: 13-Jun-2015 Stayed for: 2 nights
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Lebala review

It would be good if the camp offered private meals in the evening.

Sometimes you don't want to sit with everyone else and make forced conversation.

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Mrs L & Mr H - California
Arrived on: 7-Jun-2015 Stayed for: 3 nights
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Great camp and excellent staff

This was our favorite camp. The staff (Opie, Sunny) were just so friendly and kind and nice. It just felt so warm and welcoming. It was relaxed and comfortable.

Guide and tracker: Bate and Double T were superb. They listened to what we wanted, they were great at communicating back, highly knowledgeable. The best ones on the whole trip, because they didn't make it about them, but about us and they seemed as interested in the wildlife as we were. Can't say enough good things about Bate, who was very professional yet fun and full of knowledge. His efforts in tracking the wild dogs was beyond exceptional.

Best memories at the camp

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Mr & Mrs K. from Oklahoma, USA
Arrived on: 3-Jun-2015 Stayed for: 3 nights
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Lebala Camp review

We saw so many lion here! Was a bit frustrating not to see the wild dogs in our three days here, but we did see them once in Lagoon. I would say the guides here were not quite as good, in terms of working as a team across all the vehicles. That made it harder to find animals compared to say Chitabe where there were multiple vehicles in constant contact about animal locations. In Lagoon, our driver seemed only to be in contact with one other driver, even though there were usually 4 vehicles out at any time.

Again, one camp manager, OP was terrific and the other, BK ( a different BK than at Lagoon) was not. This camp was also the scariest when it came to my gluten-free diet. For one example at a dinner, the starter was put in front of me and the server told me, "I don't know if you can take this or not". It was just harder to figure things out dietarily here.

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Mrs J. from Milwaukee
Arrived on: 28-May-2015 Stayed for: 3 nights
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Excellent safari

Best camp we stayed at in Botswana. Excellent guides and staff was great. Great game viewing!! Rooms were beautiful.

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Mr D - London
Arrived on: 28-May-2015 Stayed for: 2 nights
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Lebala Camp review

We stayed 2 nights here at the beginning of our very first safari and wished we'd stayed at least another night!

Everything here was fantastic - the quality of the guide and tracker were top rate, the variety of wildlife in the concession was incredible and we even managed to see a good sized pack of Wild Dog on our first day. Suffice to say, we were somewhat spoilt here, having the privilege of seeing a successful lion hunt, a wild dog chase, giraffe and elephant to name a few.

The atmosphere in camp was an unexpected bonus here; albeit we may have gotten lucky with a good group of fellow guests, the staff certainly played up to this and made the feeling around the grounds very positive. We particularly loved one evening where the staff sang some African style songs and really got the atmosphere going- fab!

The quality of the accommodation and facilities here were above and beyond our expectations, especially given the remoteness of the location. We particularly enjoyed listening to the wildlife wandering through over the course of the evening...!

We can't recommend this place enough. Many thanks for such an enjoyable stay!

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