KWANDO LEBALA CAMP
Hidden in the Southern portion of the extensive Kwando wilderness of 232,000 ha. (550,000 acres) is Lebala Camp. Lebala is situated in the South of the Kwando Reserve, adjacent to the head waters of the Linyanti marshes that form the boundary between Botswana and Namibia. The perennial and southerly flowing Kwando River disappears into the vast marshes before emerging as the Linyanti River flowing in a north easterly direction. Lebala means wide open spaces in the local Setswana dialect and the scenery is dominated by vast plains with scattered palms and tree clumps backed by wooded savannahs. This wild expanse is contrasted with the casual understated elegance and luxury of the camp itself. Lebala Camp is owned and operated by Kwando Safaris. The camp is open year round.
Lebala Camp comprises 16 beds in 8 luxurious tents, on Zimbabwe teak decks designed to offer expansive views over the surrounding plains while affording privacy. Each tent comprises a spacious bedroom area, bathroom including a Victorian ball and claw bath tub and double basin, outside reeded shower, dressing area, and side entrance to preserve privacy. The hot water is provided by propane heating and therefore is hot all day, every day. Each spacious tent has its own private deck. Three meals per day are offered and all wines, alcoholic drinks, beverages and cool drinks are included. There is also a small plunge pool for cooling off. Complimentary laundry services are provided.
At Lebala Camp, the activities concentrate on open vehicle game drives and waling safaris. However, game walks are at the guides' discretion due to the concentrations of Elephant. Lebala Camp offers off road and night game drives - night drives being a specialty at Lebala with its high-visibility plains.
Lebala is famous for its Elephant sightings as is neighbouring Lagoon Camp, located 35 kilometres to the north. In fact, the Kwando Reserve is home to more Elephant than the entire country of South Africa. There are good numbers of Impala, Kudu, Zebra, Wildebeest, Tsessebe, Giraffe, Sitatunga, Sable, Roan, Buffalo, Bushbuck and the smaller antelope. Kwando also provides refuge to Red Lechwe, Waterbuck, Warthog and the shy Sitatunga Antelope. In fact, Lebala has been delivering very reliable Sitatunga sightings for a year now (just near the airstrip).
The major predators such as Lion, Leopard, Cheetah, Wild Dog and Hyena are resident and regularly sighted. The reed and papyrus swamps are ideal for the numerous and diverse species of birds. Night drives allow guests a chance to see the nocturnal species such as Civet, Large- and Small-spotted Genet, Honey Badger, and Spring Hare. Nocturnal birding, especially Owls, is also excellent here. Both camps (Lebala & Lagoon) deliver the specials like Aardwolf, Aardvark, Ratel, Serval, Caracal and Selous Mongoose quite regularly.