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Trip Report Back from Kwara and Lebala

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We just got back from a trip to Kwara and Lebala (April 19th-25th). Getting there was an adventure with flight cancellations and re-routing due to the Icelandic volcano eruption. But once we got there, despite high water levels, we had excellent sightings. Highlights include:
Lions from the magnificent seven pride (Kwara)
One lion from the “one-eyed pride” walking into Kwara camp
Female Leopard during our first game drive in Kwara.
Lions, leopard, crocodiles and vultures feasting on a hippo carcass (multiple days in Kwara)
Cheetahs (3 brothers coalition); we drove from Lebala to Lagoon to see them
Leopard with impala kill in Lebala
A pack of three wild dogs (Lebala)
A caracal close to Lebala camp
Mokoro and boat rides (Kwara)
Lots of elephants and hippos around camp (Kwara and Lebala)

The weather was beautiful. It rained heavily during the night on two days but game drives were totally unaffected. Both camps had an average of 10 guests on all 6 nights that we were there.

If this is what a Botswana safari is like with suboptimal conditions, we can’t wait to go back during the dry season.

Our guides were Piet in Kwara and Thabo in Lebala.

Thanks to this forum for all the input that made this trip possible.

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