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Lebala Camp

Lebala Camp

Lebala Camp along with its sister, Lagoon Camp, are the only two camps to share the vast Kwando Concession in Botswana. Kwando is currently the largest private wildlife reserve in Botswana, covering 900 square miles of unfenced wilderness in the far north of the country. Lebala is located in the southern part of the Kwando Concession, adjacent to the head waters of the Linyanti marshes that form the boundary between Botswana and Namibia. Lebala means “wide open spaces” in Setswana, and the scenery is dominated by vast plains with scattered palms and tree islands backed by wooded savannas.

Guests reach the camp’s main area via a small footbridge over lily-dotted water. The large bar and lounge have many chairs and sofas for relaxation. The fire pit is central to morning and evening life at camp.

Lebala Camp has nine large tented chalets including a two-bedroom family room. The chalets perch on the banks of the Linyanti marshes. Comfortable beds are large twin three-quarter-size but can be converted to double. Spectacular views over the waterway and grassy plains are enhanced by the elevated timber decks on which the chalets are constructed. Each unit has a balcony with deck chairs as well as a small inside sitting area. A canvas wall divides the bedroom from the bathroom, which features a luxurious claw-footed bath, twin washbasins, and a separate cubicle with flushing toilet. And sliding doors at the back of the chalet leads to an outside double shower. Sandy pathways connect the chalets to the camp’s main area.

Depending on the planned activities, most days begin with a light breakfast, and larger brunch usually follow the morning game drive. Afternoon tea is served before the afternoon activities, and finally a delicious dinner is enjoyed after dark.

Game viewing from the camp decks is surprisingly good. Seasonal herds of elephant and buffalo converge on nearby riverbanks, and a pack of wild dog regularly den close to the camp. But daily and nightly game drives into the bush provide the best animal encounters. For a unique perspective on the environment, guests can also cruise the river in traditional dug-out canoes called “mokoro.” Nature walks and fishing on the river are also encouraged.

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