Highlights of Kwando Lebala Camp
- Remote and wild safari camp delivering a top class safari experience in the Linyanti Swamps
- Varied game-viewing experience at Lebala Camp
- Excellent guiding with Kwando Safaris
- Kwando lions are known for their elephant and buffalo kills
The scenery around Kwando Lebala Camp is dominated by vast plains scattered with Ilala palms backed by wooded savanna – Lebala meaning ‘wide open spaces’ in Setswana. You get a powerful sense of being in the middle of nowhere here and the excellent game-viewing makes this one of the finest wilderness camps in Africa. The Kwando Concession lies within the broader Linyanti Swamps adjacent to the Chobe Park. The wetlands and flood plains around Lebala Camp offer a wonderful variety of wildlife with excellent sightings of elephant, hippo, lechwe, zebra, giraffe, impala, wildebeest, kudu, tsessebe, roan, sable, buffalo and the ever present predators; wild dog, lion, cheetah and hyena. The lions of Kwando are famous for their elephant, hippo and buffalo kills.
The eight spacious tents at Kwando Lebala Camp are on a raised teak deck, laid out with maximum comfort and privacy in mind. The tents have an entrance foyer with a reading and writing area, en suite bathrooms with Victorian ball and claw bathtubs, and double basins. The bathrooms lead out to a reed enclosed open-air shower with hot and cold running water. Each tent has its own game-viewing deck with all-encompassing vistas over the vast plains of Botswana.
Kwando doesn’t believe in focusing on the décor of the lodge at the expense of the safari experience. Lebala Camp is elegant and well-furnished, with everything that you need to enjoy your safari but the focus is definitely on its expert guiding. Activities include bush walks and day and night drives. After dark, spotlights are switched on and the game drives focus on nocturnal sightings of rare and elusive species such as leopard, selous mongoose, small spotted genet and aardwolf, to name a few. Nocturnal bird species that are encountered include the Natal nightjar, pennant-winged nightjar and a large variety of owls.
Please note that it is Kwando Safaris policy to have open 4×4 game drive vehicles (winter and summer) as it enhances the game viewing experience.
Families at Kwando Safaris
Kwando Safaris believes in providing opportunities for families to come on safari. This positive approach means that they recommend taking one of their specialist family safari guides who is trained and passionate about inspiring children to learn and love the wilderness.
Those families who choose to book a ‘Family Safari’ have their own private vehicle with their own guide and tracker who will look after them both on game drives and in camp. The guide will also accompany them throughout their stay, moving with them through the Kwando camps. Caring for the children is a full time job and continues beyond the game drive and in camp, thereby allowing the parents some well earned rest!
The programmes vary for each family and are based on the ages, sexes and interests of the children. Our guides’ aim is to not only keep them entertained but ensure that they learn a great deal under their expert guidance. Generally, activities include spoor castings, using spotlights, fishing, mammal, bird and plant identification, identifying night sounds and making greeting cards out of natural materials. The staff also involve the children in camp duties and they are often found preparing snacks for their game drives with the chefs! In essence, the children are either busy or asleep and always happy – busy children ultimately mean a relaxing holiday for their parents!