far from its sister camp Lagoon, Lebala again offers access to the impressive Linyanti
Linyanti - Kwando Concession
2017 $643 - $1304
Linyanti - DRY Camp
Price Range (2017)
$643 - $1304
Like its sister camp, lagoon, Lebala Camp resides in the massive Kwando Concession in northern Botswana. Lebala is a fairly newly refurbished camp, which was completed to a high standard. We like this camp as all the accommodation as far from each other and the main area is relaxed and convivial and is a place for you to sit and have a drink and talk about the day’s wildlife activities.
What sets this place apart, like its sister camp, is its attitude towards your game experience. The guides here are generally fantastic and know this vast area inimitably. Together with their tracker policy and the fact that the area boasts some of the most expansive game numbers and predator activity, makes Lebala hard to stay away from.
At times, this is an exceptionally exciting place to be and we have no hesitation in recommending this lodge.
Botswana Wildlife Safaris
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Dry Camp. Day and Night Drives with the ability to drive off-road
Kwando Concession, Northern Delta
Charter flight to airstrip then private transfer to camp.
Bush Lodge with 8 en-suite rooms
Children of 6 and over accepted with conditions
Up to 12 Years: A private vehicle needs to be booked
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The Kwando River concession is 232 000 ha (573 000 acres)of unfenced wilderness area and features two camps on the Kwando River – Lagoon and Lebala. Famous for huge herds of elephant and buffalo with our wild dog viewing considered the best in Africa. Predators include lion, leopard, hyena, cheetah and four species of smaller cats.
The area was subject to the documentary "Tight Spots", or "Mad Mike and Marks', which successfully showed the unbelievable array of wildlife that this area of Botswana has to offer.
If anywhere in Botswana is a "Big Game" area, then the Kwando concession has to be close to the top
Lebala operates game drives using a guide and tracker, this adds to the experience on two levels. You have two 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 answer all their questions, it leads to a more relaxed, convivial game drive atmosphere.
As Lebala is in a private concession we have the opportunity to drive off road in search of sightings – we have often been able to follow the wild dogs on their hunts. It also means we are able to drive at night with spotlights. 30% of fascinating mammals are mainly active at night, so this gives us more opportunities to view them. Depending on the season, it is also possible to do guided walks in the area. These are sometimes prohibited due to safety reasons, with large herds of elephant and buffalo in the area.
Lebala is situated in the south of the Kwando concession, adjacent to the head waters of the Linyanti marshes that form the boundary between Botswana and Namibia.
The southerly flowing Kwando river disappears into the vast marshland before emerging as the Linyanti river. The triangle formed by this vast wetland is home to the Mamili National Park in Namibia.
Lebala means ‘wide open spaces’ in Setswana and the scenery is dominated by vast plains with scattered palms and tree islands backed by wooded savannahs. This wild expanse contrasts with the casual understated elegance and luxury of the camp itself.
After a reasonable game drive from the airstrip and upon arrival at the lodge, guests walk over a wooden bridge that spans a winding seasonal waterway.
The elevated walkway leads into the peaceful lounge and bar area under thatch. The structure and its interior is of classic African style, made of thatch and gumpole with seating throughout of wooden furniture. As you walk in from your game drive you are confronted by the bar which is the perfect place to talk about your days game sightings over a gin and tonic. At the back of this main area is a small but well stocked curio shop.
The path continues to the thatched dining area, and onto the pathways that lead to each tent. En-route to the tents is the plunge pool, lapa and magnificent fireplace – the perfect setting for after dinner drinks and exchanging your safari stories.
The eight rooms, of which one is a family room, are accessed via a sandy walkway. The rooms are on raised Zimbabwean teak decks with seating, and access is via the front veranda through large wooden double sliding doors.
Shade cloth walls, with a variety of curtains and shades, surround each tent so you can decide how much light you want to let in. There is a spacious bedroom area with a substantial and comfortable bed together with extra wooden seating. An entrance to the side of the bed area leads you to the large bathroom that includes double his and hers square white basins, a claw-foot bathtub, separate toilet and an outside double shower.
The rooms are kept cool with a combination on overhanging thatch and gauze windows to let the breeze flow through, and electric fans.
Lebala is situated on s small tree lined island in the middle of open plains, so the views are fantastic. You are able to spot elephants cross the open grassland from several kilometers whilst they make their steady progress to the Kwando River.
The Kwando concession is the largest in northern Botswana covering 232,000 ha of beautiful, unfenced wilderness. There are only two camps situated within this private concession, the other is this lodges sister camp, Lagoon, which is to the north. Added together, there are a total of 16 guest tents in the area – so an exclusive wilderness experience is guaranteed.
The concession has 50km of exclusive river frontage. The western side of this vast area consists of dense woodland but Lebala, the Tswana word for wide-open plains has expansive tracts of African Plains and wetlands. This system is an intricate labyrinth of waterways, reed beds, islands, floodplains, bush, scrub and trees.
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