- Superb game viewing
- Excellent predator action
- Vehicle and walking safaris
- Spectacular birdlife
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.
- Beautiful waterfront location
- Spectacular wildlife
- Boat trips and fishing
- Exclusive Selinda location
- Strong Game viewing
- High end camp
- 9 tented villas
- Exclusive, luxury camp
- Water and land-based safari
- Maximum 8 guests
- Spectacular wildlife
- Stunning lagoon location
- Superb dry-season wildlife
- Boat cruises and fishing
- Canoeing and walking
- Mobile fly camping
- Superb wildlife
- Off the beaten track
- Private concession
- Peaceful, waterfront location
- Strong, seasonal game viewing
- Helicopter excursions
The safari trip was excellent! The stay, the food and the people were all very nice. We were happy to have Ryan and Stanley as our game drive guides they brought us up close to the animals and Ryan gave very good information throughout.
Would definitely recommend to friends who are interested in safaris :)
Also, thanks much for your help, particularly keeping the room for my Brother and his wife they’ve enjoyed the safari very much too!
Woan Chyi L reviewing Cape Town & Kruger Safari on 16 October 2019
We had a fantastic time and all the arrangements worked perfectly.
We were very impressed with the quality and service levels of all 4 locations visited and it was truly a holiday of a lifetime.
Thank you to you and to Lisa for giving us this experience.
Particular highlights for us – really the whole experience, but of particular impact:
Breathtaking scenery at Cathedral Peak Hotel
Rhino Ridge game drives incredible, thanks to guide (we had their head guide, Hala, who’s knowledge, enthusiasm, kindness, interaction, ability to spot wildlife was out of this world)
Luxury of Rhino Ridge (shower, food, views, service)
Immersion in nature, torch lit meal on last night and beach trip at Kosi Forest Lodge
Level of service, quality of food throughout
Catherine F reviewing South Africa Safari, Beach and Wetlands on 04 September 2019
We had a fantastic time. Thank you and it went smoothly in the main except for British Airways!
The trip had the right degree of luxury and relaxation (for me) and adventure (all of us).
A few points:
Driving directions to Umlunghi Lodge were slightly wrong. The driving directions should read at the 4th roundabout take the first exit and turn right over the railway. We loved it there. Anton, Bianca and her son and Harriet were very informative and entertaining. The snake talk and handling, night walks and seeing scorpions and the walk in the bush and "bumping" into a giraffe were really special. The kayak trip to Makuzi pan that the lodge organised was good and Tomaz was very informative and kept a respectful distance from the hippos.3 nights was plenty.
Rhino River Lodge game reserve was incredibly luxurious and we felt very looked after. The lion siting in camp the day we arrived sent an extra frisson of excitement down our spines. It was easy to forget there were predators that could attack us with all that luxury. The staff and guides (Karl) were knowledgeable and invested in their set up. We saw rhinos with baby, cheetahs with young, porcupine, Genet, wildebeast, Impala, Lion with young, buffalo, a puff adder, ostrich, zebra and giraffes. 4 nights was also plenty.
They all served great food but I felt Ghost Mountain Inn topped the lot. The variety was amazing. We arrived at 10.30 but could not get into our room until 2 ish. The service was not so personal I guess because it is larger (far more than 50 rooms). We had been a bit spoilt at Rhino River! My daughter and I had some treatments at the Spa and loved it. We also went on a large boat trip on Jonzi and had a closer encounter with a large bull hippo and also a hike up Ghost Mountain with Patrick who was very informative and passionate about his people and his country. Isaac the other guide there took us on the boat trip and pointed out the sugar cane harvest on the way. he was very informative also.
Lastly, Lalaria Lodge was fabulous and we all piled into the surf of the Indian Ocean. There was hardly anyone on the beach. It was "too cold" according to the landlady. The view from her terrace was of the ocean and whales breaching in the distance. I could have sat there all day. She very kindly provided us with a Scrabble board of her own for us to play. We took a Microlight ride from Ballito over the coastline in the hope of seeing whales and dolphins but no luck. If we had stayed longer we might have gone on a boat trip from Durban. We had a meal at a restaurant called Mozambique which was great fun with vast portions, plenty of carbs and fresh seafood!
The value of the Rand to the Pound was excellent and therefore we felt that we got excellent value which also played a large part!
Katrina P reviewing Value KZN Bush & Beach Safari For Families on 02 September 2019