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Kwando Lebala Camp, Kwando-Linyanti Area

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Wild expanses, vast plains, sweeping views and the occasional inquisitive baboon as a guest for tea, Camp Lebala certainly lives up to its colloquial meaning of 'wide open space'. A warm welcome, home cooked treats, exhilarating safaris and campfires by starlight are the back drop to this luxurious haven in the heart of untamed Africa. From your elegant canvas abode, enjoy the cooling breeze as you gaze out over the lagoon, where hippos come to frolic.

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Kwando Lebala Camp Pool
  • rooms

    There are eight spacious tents in secluded settings, carefully positioned on raised and beautifully crafted Zimbabwian teak decks. Solar powered, all stand on the edge of the Linyanti marshes with spectacular views over the waterways and grassy plains from their large private balconies. A mixture of canvas, mesh and pristine white curtains, the tents allow the outside in, ensuring a cooling breeze and stunning views whilst maintaining a sense of privacy.

    Enjoy a relaxing bath in the victorian style claw-foot bathtub or a refreshing outdoor shower. The tents feature delightfully comfortable beds which can be configured as twins or a spacious double, a lounge area and plenty of hanging and storage space. Grab a soft blanket from your trunk, pour a glass of chilled wine and watch the hippos and elephants meander past in the moonlight.

  • facilities & activities

    This vast area, around 2330 ksq, is a private concession of pristine wilderness filled with hardwood forest and large open flood plains. It attracts extraordinary herds of elephant and buffalo and is therefore rich in predator sightings of lion, hyena, leopards and wild dogs (the local pack tend to den near the sister camp of Lagoon). As far as the safaris are concerned, the emphasis is very much on predator sightings so expect exhilarating (and bumpy) rides through the bush, rather than the more sedate wildlife watching experienced in other camps. The expert guides and trackers travel in pairs and provide that all important second pair of eyes, so very little is missed. And while the focus is on the chase, the friendly and helpful guides are full of interesting information and happy to stop on request. Vehicles have recently been upgraded to Land Cruisers so everyone gets a 'window seat' and they are entirely open to allow completely unrestricted views.

    The highlight of the Kwando camps are the night drives. Enjoy your sundowner as the last of the sun's pink rays go down, before heading out to spot nocturnal animals, often caught unexpectedly in the spotlight as the day dips into night.

    Depending on the season, there can be opportunities for short walks accompanied by a guide. Please note however that these walks are not guaranteed, particularly in Botswana's dry season (June to October)when the arrival of elephant herds can make such an experience unsafe. However, the rainy season can be just as rewarding should you choose a less obvious time to go and a guided walk is a wonderful way to immerse yourself in nature.

    Other wildlife spotting options include gliding along in the Mokoro- the traditional dug out canoe of the indigenous locals, enjoying the stillness broken only by the sound of water dripping from the wooden pole and the occasional hippo. Slip quietly past unsuspecting herds of elephant or buffalo, and enjoy the sight of a vast variety of birds down by the waters.

    When the day's adventures are over, the camp is the perfect haven to relax. Wander over the footbridges, admiring the water lilies below, before helping yourself to a cold glass of wine from the well stocked fridge and choosing a sofa in the lounge area, bathed in the glow of flames from the fire-pit. Have a refreshing dip in the plunge pool which enjoys fantastic views over the plains, stock up on treasures at the shop or head to the raised wooden viewing deck, ideal for bird and animal spotting.

  • dining

    Delicious, warming and home-cooked, the food is plentiful here and will keep you fueled for the day's adventures. Wake to a steaming mug of coffee or tea, have breakfast toasting your toes by the fire before setting off on the morning safari. Enjoy brunch in the company of the friendly and informative guides, back at camp or out in the bush.

    In the afternoon feast on a lavish high tea on the terrace. Evenings begin with a sundowner before a mouth-watering dinner is served around the campfire. Enjoy the occasional displays of traditional song and dance by the local staff- a lovely little taste of local culture. Whilst dining is usually around shared tables, you can request private dining should you wish.

  • family

    Ages 6 – 11 years are welcome at Lebala if you book a private safari vehicle (additional fee) and the guides and staff are warm, welcoming and will tailor the experience to suit all ages. This gives you the luxury of your own private vehicle along with a personal guide and tracker who will not only entertain but educate and inspire with their expert knowledge, carefully tailored to the individual needs of each particular child. They'll learn about spoor castings, identify animals and plants, listen for night sounds and enjoy craft making using the natural surroundings. There's even a spot of meal preparation with the chefs where they'll learn about local ingredients and traditional cooking. Your guide will accompany you throughout your stay leaving you to some well earned peace while inspiring a life long love of Africa in your children. They'll certainly never forget the sight of an elephant lumbering through the camp or the baboons chattering in the trees above.

    The family suite, with two bedrooms, is spacious and airy enough to accommodate up to four guests and meals can be flexible to suit all appetites and routines.

    Please bear in mind that due to the remote location and large number of natural predators adult supervision is necessary at all times.

  • location

     

    Only accessible by light aircraft onto the Kwando South airstrip, this is northern Botswana at its most wild. The camp is on the southern tip of the Kwando concession, on the vast unfenced marshland of the Kwando river. However, there are daily flights to the main airports at Maun and Kasane and interconnecting flights to the other camps in the area. The sister camp of Kwando Lagoon is nearby and with driving distance should you wish to split your time between the two.

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