Meaning wide open space, and located north of Selinda, in the Kwando reserve, not far from Namibia, Kwando Lebala Camp is, like Lagoon Camp, a relaxed and wild dog centred destination.
Situated in a mixed habitat of marsh, savannah, riverine and mopane forests, Lebala camp is a wood and thatch build, and consists of a main lodge and 8 sleeping rooms. Accessed by way of a very pretty footbridge, the shared areas include a lounge, dining room, bar, shop, extensive decking, a pool and fire pit. Relaxed, welcoming and characterised by open sides, wooden flooring and cavernous ceilings, the main lodge is furnished with large comfy sofas / chairs, low tables and the odd artefact. The food is excellent – an early breakfast around the camp fire, brunch, a big tea and then a la carte dining in the evening – and the service fantastic.
If anything, the sleeping rooms of Kwando Lebala are even better. Surrounded by fine floor-to-ceiling mesh windows and doors, raised on wooden platforms, enormous, beautifully made, well kept, each room possesses a double bed, side tables, seating, balcony and separate bathroom. The design is minimal, the space utterly uncluttered, and the sweep of the wooden flooring – from door to bathroom – is somewhat reminiscent of a NY-type loft conversion. The bathroom – stand-alone bath, twin sinks, flush toilet, outdoor showers – is similarly spacious. The view from the rooms looks out over the plains, and lechwe, hippo and even dog can be sighted from the comfort of one’s bed.
Activities include day and night game drives, bird watching, guided walks, sundowners and bush picnics. In keeping with a philosophy particular to Kwando, each game drive is led by both a driver and guide, and the seating is no more than 2 deep, thereby allowing all guests of Kwando Lebala complete access to information, expertise and professional opinion.
Minimising the footprint of your wildlife experience
Kwando Safaris camps are pioneering the comprehensive use of eco friendly power, hot water generation and waste water treatment.
Solar Power and Water Heating
In a land blessed with an abundance of sun, the natural option for generating power and heating water must lie in solar technology. The massive developments in such technology have provided us with ideal solar power solutions for our camps.
Kwando Safaris camps are located in environmentally sensitive areas and to ensure that the camps cause minimal impact on their surroundings, the company has invested in highly efficient solar generating equipment to operate the entire camp. All electrical appliances used in the camps are energy saving products – from light bulbs to fans and ice machines. Protecting the environment need not mean going without those all important comforts while on safari!
Waste Water Treatment
All waste water in Kwando Safaris camps is treated using above ground state-of-the-art sewerage treatment plants. This ensures that there is no cross contamination of the soils or ground water through discharge of grey or black water. The fully treated end product is eventually returned to the ground.
Intelligent design compliments the use of environmentally friendly energy generation. The use of insulated walling (where applicable) and thatch within the design of the camps avoids the need for cooling systems which use a large amount of power. Insulation and thatch provide a comfortable interior temperature regardless of the extremes of heat and cold which are characteristic of our desert areas. Insulated cladding for hot water geysers and piping greatly increases the efficiency of the hot water systems by reducing heat loss from the system overnight, especially during the colder months of the year.
Kwando Safaris is a solely citizen-owned company and takes its employment and empowerment policies very seriously. All of Kwando Safaris’ operations, including the sales and reservations team, are based in Maun, the tourism capital of Botswana.
We try to offer careers, not just jobs, to all our staff. Many of our camp managers started off in junior positions, many of our guides started as trackers, and our receptionists as waiters or tent ladies. The company pay scales are at the top of the industry in Botswana and both merit and long service awards are made to our staff. The opportunities afforded talented and passionate citizens are widely sought after throughout the country.
As part of the company’s social responsibility programme, Kwando Safaris supports the Lady Khama Charitable Trust (LKCT). The LKCT supports several charitable initiatives throughout the country and Kwando Safaris operates a ‘matching’ scheme for the benefit of the Trust and its associated charitable beneficiaries.