Lebala (meaning 'wide open spaces' in the local language of Setswana) is located in 2,320 square kilometres of private unfenced wilderness in the Kwando concession. The surrounding scenery is dominated by vast plains with scattered palms and trees backed by wooded savannas.
The wetlands and flood plains around Lebala offer a wonderful variety of wildlife with excellent sightings of elephant, hippo, lechwe, zebra, giraffe, impala, wildebeest, kudu, tsessebe, roan, sable, buffalo and the ever present predators - wild dog, lion, cheetah, hyena and leopard.
After dark, spotlights are switched on and the game drives expose guests to nocturnal sightings of rare and elusive species such as leopard, small spotted genet and aardwolf, to name a few. Nocturnal bird species that are encountered include the Natal nightjar and a large variety of owls.
Depending on the season, it is also possible to do guided walks in the area, although the distance and location for walks may vary seasonally.
The 8 spacious tents are built on a raised teak deck, laid out with maximum comfort and privacy in mind, and are set back among the trees. The endless vistas from the large windows and decks across the vast plains make Lebala one of the finest wilderness camps in Africa.
Each tent has a reading and writing area, an en-suite bathroom with Victorian clawfoot bathtubs, and "his and hers" washbasins. The bathrooms lead out to a reed enclosed open-air shower with hot and cold running water. The tents are kept cool with a combination of ceiling fans and the mosquito net walls. There is also one family tent which consists of an additional twin bedroom within the tent itself, ensuring that parents and young children sleep in the same tent for their peace of mind.
The main areas of the camp include a small swimming pool, a communal fire place and dining room, a curio shop, bar and lounge area including a small library. Mouth-watering food is prepared by the chefs and served in the open-sided dining room. After dinner there is a wonderful camp fire around which to sip a coffee or enjoy a nightcap. Outdoor private dinners can also be organised by the poolside or by the fireplace for special occasions such as birthdays, anniversaries and honeymoons.
All meals; local beverages (alcoholic and non-alcoholic); all game viewing activities; a laundry service; and emergency medical evacuation cover (to a regional medical facility) are included.
Children aged 6 years and older are welcome. Rates available on request. Private vehicles are compulsory when travelling with children under 12 years.
Programmes vary for each family and are based on the ages, gender and interests of the children. The guide's aim is to not only keep them entertained but ensure that they learn a great deal under their expert guidance.
Activities on offer include spoor castings, using spotlights, fishing, mammal, bird and plant identification, making greeting cards out of natural materials and identifying wildlife sounds at night. The staff also involve the children in camp duties and they are often found preparing snacks for their game drives with the chefs!
All of the holidays we prepare are tailor-made, but this might give you an idea of how Lebala Camp can be included in you own dream holiday.
Emerald Season Special
Nxai Pan Camp
This 6 night Emerald Season special will take you from the spectacular Nxai Pan National Park to the waterways of the Okavango Delta and ending in the private Kwando concession, giving you totally different takes on Botswana. All camps are costed at Emerald Season reduced rates, so this itinerary is ideally taken between 15 November and 31 March to take advantage of the lower rates.
This is a 6 night itinerary including Makgadikgadi Pan, Okavango Delta and Kwando Concession.
*Prices are per person and are based on today's exchange rates. Exchange rates are subject to change and are updated daily.
Prices exclude international flights - ask us if you would like to include these.
Lebala Camp Location.
General Information For Guests
The tents are all en-suite and set on raised Zimbabwean teak decks with access via a front verandah. Each tent is surrounded by shade cloth walls, and is open plan, comprising of a large bedroom area and a bathroom which includes double basins, a claw-foot bathtub, separate toilet and an outside double shower. Also included is a fan and safe if needed.
One of the tents has an additional twin bedroom within the tent for family use.
The main area of the camp includes a small swimming pool, a communal fire place and dining room, a curio shop, bar and lounge area complemented with a small library. A laundry service is offered on a complimentary basis and credit card services are also available.
The game drives involves both a guide and tracker, this adds to the experience on 2 levels. You have 2 sets of eyes searching out the action, looking for tracks - this ensures a good chance of sightings, especially predators. In addition, having the tracker out front, concentrating on tracking, means that the guide is more able to talk to clients, keep them informed and to answer any questions. Each vehicle seats just 6 people maximum.
As Lebala Camp is in a private concession the guides are allowed to drive off road in search of sightings, and have often been able to follow the wild dogs on their hunts. It also means they are able to drive at night with spotlights. 30% off fascinating mammals are mainly active at night, so this allows for more opportunities to view them.
Game walks are also available, and the length of the walk can be adjusted to suit your personal desires, or level of fitness. The walks are comfortable strolls, meant to provide you with a chance to experience the wilderness and open your eyes to a new and fascinating world. Any walk can be combined with a game drive or mokoro ride.
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