Lebala (GPS: LEBALA) is a slightly larger and more substantial camp than Lagoon, in a very different location. Lebala means 'open space', which is appropriate as there are lots of plains around it. It's just 14km from Selinda, and yet 26km (measured in a straight line) from Lagoon – and hence it's no surprise that its environment is close in character to that of Selinda, but quite different to the area around Lagoon.
Lebala's substantial and custom-designed tents are built on raised decking. This is mostly made of polished mukwa wood – a very colourful and durable local wood from the Pterocarpus angolensis tree. Each chalet encompasses a very large bedroom, with two three-quarter-size beds and a sprinkling of mukwa furniture. Outside the bedroom is a large private veranda for sitting out, with a few chairs and a table.
Canvas room-divisions separate the bedroom from the 'entrance hall' where there is a spot to put suitcases, a hat-and-coat stand, a large wardrobe and a writing desk – as well as a zipped tent door to the outside world. The large bathroom has a stand-alone claw-footed bath, with taps on the side, and also his & hers washbasins and a toilet. Outside is a large semi-circular shower. (Hot water comes very efficiently from each room's individual gas geyser.)
Good meals are served in the separate thatched dining area, adjacent to which is a comfy lounge and bar area. This has a modest library of books, and one side open to the plains around. There's a campfire for the cooler months, and a small plunge-pool for the warmer ones.
Activities here concentrate on 4WD game drives, and as with Lagoon the guides always drive with a tracker and will actively seek the game. Last time I visited here I arose late one morning, only to learn that wild dog had sprinted through camp just before sunrise.