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
"Great time at Lebala, felt like home. "
At night we found little animals on our cushions as a present.
Also here a very good ranger/ guide Bate and his tracker. Good game viewing.
Nice surprise at one of the afternoon game drives was the sundowner in the bush, a bar set up in the middle of nowhere! " See all these reviews: 14n in Botswana; 4n in Namibia; 2n in Zimbabwe
"Very varied animals, particularly nocturnal"
Game was up and down - a couple of drives produced almost nothing (not even a lion), then on a single night drive we saw lions hunt and consume a wildebeest, serval, side-striped jackal, civet and really good wildcat sightings. The following morning a dog chase, large herd of stampeding and leaping lechwe and big breeding elephant herd which let us get right in the middle.
Funny how it goes - halfway through our stay we were wondering if it was a bit of a dud, and by the end it was probably the best set of safari sightings we'd ever had." See all these reviews: 7n in Botswana
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Two minor issues: I think the South African wines (most of which I know well) are at the bottom of the acceptable range. I found one in a SA supermarket for R53. I think you could do better. Secondly, I hate tipping at these resorts. I don't like to spend my time with the nagging thought of what would be fair. I would far rather have the sum included in the cost and a 'no-tipping' policy brought in." See all these reviews: 9n in Botswana
"Friendly atmosphere at Lebala"
"Brilliant Lebala - the highlight of our trip"
There were many regular camp visits from elephants... one munching on bushes beside the lunch table and when walking back to our tent after lunch, 6 surrounding our tent giving a beautiful opportunity to observe these creatures from a safe distance (but still close). If you want elephant sightings, Lebala is your camp. Excellent sightings of Hyena/Lion and Leopard plus a tense standoff between 9 Lions, 2 Buffalo and 3 manic Hyena really made Lebala perfect for us. Plenty of time was allowed for us to observe the animals with the chance to really watch their behaviour. Lebala uses both a guide and tracker.. with the tracker in place to pick up the tracks that the guide can't see. The enthusiasm of both was another highlight and we were fortunate to to be treated to a real masterclass in tracking as we found lion after over an hour of hard work by the team.
The guides here are persistent in looking for the big game but not to the exclusion of birding and balanced this perfectly. Ishmaeil and Shooes (guide and tracker) deserve special mention and were knowledgeable and very free in sharing everything they knew.
The camp staff at Lebala were welcoming and genuinely made our down time fun. As with all the other camps, the team eat with guests and we felt that the whole Lebala team were a really close knit group and, whilst working, were also clearly having great fun.
The tent was lovely with an outside shower which was perfect when returning from the morning drive. We'd suggest that Lebala is great for people who have been on safari before and also wonderful for first timers.... if you had limited time to visit Botswana we'd suggest including Lebala on your list - You really cannot better it.
This trip was for my wife's birthday and the camp put on a special treat (I will not spoil it) but it was truly so special and involved some skullduggery on the part of our guide and camp staff....
Some advice we'd give is get to know the staff, they are enthusiastic, passionate about the animals and Botswana and so generous in sharing their knowledge and experiences..... the camplife matched the game viewing and sometimes combined it. Our first trip back to our room after lunch saw us greeted by 4-5 elephants outside the front door.. a true treat to see these wonderful creatures (from a safe distance) and on the the return from the last drive on the first evening, whilst everyone else went to get changed, we grabbed a drink on the platform over the fire just a a hyena wandered in .... sniffed the flames and wandered off.
Lebala is right at the top of our list for a return" See all these reviews: 8n in Botswana
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The staff were super friendly and couldn't do enough for us.
Overall, this was our favourite camp." See all these reviews: 9n in Botswana; 2n in Zimbabwe
"Great Lebala Camp"
Leopards, buffalo, crocs, hippo, tons of birds, lions, all sorts of antelope, hyena and puppies, so cute.
Great overall stay." See all these reviews: 14n in Botswana; 5n in South Africa
Great food and staff.
Thanks to Mr. Moe great tracker!" See all these reviews: 6n in Botswana; 2n in South Africa; 2n in Zimbabwe
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