Reviews of Lebala Camp
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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.
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.
Lebala Camp review
My first experience of a safari and it was very enjoyable.
The transfer from The River Club to Lebala was faultless.
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.
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
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.
Best camp we stayed at in Botswana. Excellent guides and staff was great. Great game viewing!! Rooms were beautiful.Read more about the whole safari
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!
Lovely Lebala; what a gem.
This camp is well run, the staff are invested in making your experience exceptional. I met so many friendly faces who shared their talents and kind hearts.
Bate & Mr. Mo made this trip exciting and fun. Their combined knowledge of animal behavior, plant life & star gazing skills made this journey full, rich and memorable.
I have no hesitation recommending this lodge to family and friends and would return in a heart beat.
A good ending to a brilliant holiday
we stayed at Lebala for the final 3 days of our trip. The room was was excellent and spacious, and the overall feel and style of the lodge was just right.
Our guide, Leso and our tracker, Shoes, were the highlight of our time here - both were knowledgeable, keen and great company as well. Less game than at the other locations, but that, I'm sure, is a factor out of anyone's control other than Mother Nature!