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Kwando Lebala Camp

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8/10

Price guide

Price rating 4

Highlights

- Superb game viewing
- Excellent predator action
- Vehicle and walking safaris
- Spectacular birdlife

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Overview

Kwando Lebala Camp is an elegant, tented camp set in the vast flood plains of the Linyanti Marshes of northern Botswana. Lebala means ‘wide open spaces’ in Setswana and the camp’s setting affords superb 360 degree views of the stunning surrounding wetlands. Kwando Lebala is one of a small number of high quality camps in the Linyanti area offering a high-quality safari experience. During the May-October dry season, superb concentrations of wildlife are found here, with large herds of elephant and buffalo congregating on the Kwando-Linyanti riverfront. Predator action is phenomenal, with lion, leopard, cheetah and wild hunting dogs in action. The camp is accessible via light aircraft and is frequently combined with a stay in the Okavango Delta to contrast water-based safari with the spectacular game drives in this area.

The camp is accessed via a small wooden bridge leading over a permanent channel of water. The attractive main area or ‘boma’ is raised up on stilts and has a large lounge and bar area with and a light and airy dining space. There is a plunge pool and a game-viewing hide on site, plus a fire pit in the mornings and evenings. There is no internet access so a stay here offers a real chance to ‘switch off’. There are around twenty attentive staff to cater to guests’ needs, although the camp does have a relaxed, ‘help yourself’ feel. The food, although more ‘home cooked’ than ‘gourmet’, is generally very good.

Activities are naturally centred on the abundant wildlife and the private nature of the Kwando Concession means that game-drives are possible both day and night. The Linyanti region is known for its serious approach to safari guiding, with a clear focus on major predator action – this can make for a somewhat demanding visitor experience, although any tiredness is far outweighed by the thrill of spectacular wildlife viewing. After dark, nocturnal sightings of elusive species such as leopard, mongoose and aardwolf are possible; the birdlife is spectacular at night, with a large variety of owls and nightjars in residence. Game drives are undertaken in custom-designed, open-topped vehicles which seat no more than 6 guests at a time so everyone gets a ‘window seat’ with second-to-none viewing and photography opportunities. Kwando Lebala Camp provides a professional guide and a tracker for every vehicle meaning that guests are very well informed and no sightings are missed. More leisurely walking safaris offer visitors the chance to get even closer to nature and can be tailored to individual preferences, although note that these are day-time only and may be limited during the dry season due to the large elephant population in the region at this time.

The pristine accommodation is attractive and simple in style and comprises 8 spacious tents raised on teak sundecks, each with a viewing deck, an entrance foyer, and a large bedroom and living area. All tents have bathroom areas with hot and cold running water, bath, flush toilet and outdoor double shower. Note that it can be very cold towards the beginning of the dry season but hot water bottles are provided for extra warmth. For hotter months there is a ceiling fan above the bed. There is also a family chalet with two smaller twin-bedded rooms accessed from a shared bathroom.

Children aged 6 and over are welcome although families with children aged 6-12 years are required to book a private vehicle for game drives for which there may be an additional charge. Note that the camp is unfenced and whilst it’s true that animals tend to stay away from tents and humans, children need to remain under the constant supervision of their parents.

Kwando Lebala Camp combines a laid-back accommodation style with a single-minded focus on game-viewing. Although this property is perhaps less refined than some of the other camps in the area, it does offer a high level of comfort, with attentive staff creating a friendly, relaxed atmosphere. The exclusive nature of the Linyanti region, with its small number of high-end accommodations and relatively low visitor numbers, mean that the camp’s price tag is necessarily high so this is not an option for those with a limited budget. However, for an uncompromising safari experience with abundant wildlife on tap, a stay at this property is worth every penny.

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Suggested Itineraries for Kwando Lebala Camp

Our itineraries are carefully designed by our experienced travel designers based on years of experience and customer feedback. For a custom itinerary tailored to you, please enquire giving as much detail as possible on your brief.

Ten day in depth safari featuring the jewels of Northern Botswana; the exclusive Linyanti Reserve, stunning Okavango Delta and the Victoria Falls

Tailor-made Luxury 10 days

Adults from $8,914 pp plus flights

'From Price' is the average per person price for ground arrangements for two people sharing.

Flights are typically an additional $1,273 per person economy class from London

What customers are saying after travelling with Tourdust

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    MissingJacob Moffat reviewing Atlas Valleys & Villages Comfort Treks on 09 March 2017

  • Thanks for organising an excellent holiday for us. It's my first time using Tourdust and I've been really impressed and will certainly be recommending you to friends and family. You provided an excellent level of service all the way through, and the bespoke nature of the trip was fantastic whilst being really good value for money.
    Key highlights:
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    If there was one build / thing I would change, it's a very small one but some candles / lanterns to use in the evening whilst camping would have made it easier to stay outside for a bit longer.

    MissingMark Dilley reviewing Boutique Marrakech & Atlas Mountains on 07 June 2016

  • Truly another world. The sky was enormous and the summits snow covered. Blue irises, wild herbs and fruit trees flowered on the slopes. Even as I toiled up the dry river bed I gazed in admiration.

    Without exception, everyone was courteous and welcoming. Food was good ( and far too plentiful); accommodation clean. Above all-everything worked! A pick-up was promised for 9.00am. At 8.55 the doorbell rang. Impeccable.

    No praise is too high for the organisation and staff. I am definitely going back.

    MissingTerence Humphreys reviewing Classic Atlas Valleys & Villages Trek on 16 May 2016

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