Overlooking the Boteti River into the Makgadikgadi
2018 $560 - $995
Makgadikgadi - DRY Camp
Price Range (2018)
$560 - $995
Leroo La Tau Map
The lodge stands high up on the banks of the Boteti River and overlooks the Makgadikgadi Pans National Park. The last time we visited this camp was after it was newly rebuilt and since the Boteti River started flowing again.
Not a lodge in the classic bush lodge style, this is quite a large and imposing place, each individual accommodation is quite modern in style and has very good views directly over the river, but this may not be everyone’s cup of tea, especially those who are looking for a more intimate and rustic camp.
Game drives and boat cruises are available dependent on water levels, the camp is in its own small concession but this is of small relevance only. Even driving into the National Park, you have to travel some distance to get to an interesting area. So overall, this is not a top notch game destination for much of the year until the zebra migrations occur when it can be spectacular.
As a plus point, the lodge has a great hide half way down the banks of the river from where you can see any game from a brilliant vantage point.
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Dry camp. Day and night drives with boat excursions depending on river levels
Bordering the Makgadikgadi Pans National Park
Charter flight to airstrip then private transfer to camp. Road Transfer or Self Drive
Lodge with 12 en-suite chalets
Children of all ages accepted with conditions
Up to 15 Years: A child must share a room with an adult
Up to 11 Years: A private vehicle needs to be booked
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Leroo La Tau translates as ‘lion’s paw’, but although the surrounding area features abundant lion, zebra and wildebeest, it also boasts Chobe bushbuck, leopard, cheetah, brown- and spotted-hyena, impala, kudu, jackal, porcupine, genet and caracal, to name but a few. In addition, there is also the possibility of seeing the rare white rhinoceros.
Leroo La Tau overlooks the Makgadikgadi Pans National Park.
The park, populated by up to 30,000 zebra and wildebeest closely accompanied by predators, offers guests the chance to experience the exhilaration of seeing large concentrations of game and the resultant predator interaction.
The lodge offers a raised hide above the river where guests can enjoy the spectacular wildlife sightings that we’ve come to expect in this part of Botswana.
Leroo La Tau lodge is set in a large lawned garden that slopes down to the Boteti River and overlooks the Makgadikgadi Pans National Park beyond.
The main central Lodge is a large building of thatched roof, gumpoles and solid walls. The structure is much more substantial than the more common bush lodges and is mainly fronted by glass. the inside is quite cavernous and consists mainly of a small seating lounge and bar, the rest of the room is dominated by a large dinning are.
There are stairs that lead above to another seating area and further onto a balcony with more seating. Outside is a sweeping veranda, which leads over onto grass then a decked swimming pool. As you walk farther down to the river you get to a large sand area with a fire and great views over the river. A covered walkway from the point goes down the river bank to an enclosed hide closer to the river to watch the wildlife go by.
Each chalet is reachable via a bush path, they are perched right on the edge of the river bank affording great views of the river and the National Park beyond.
A door takes you into the main area of thatch and solid walls. The front of the chalet is floor to ceiling glass sliding doors, this allows you uninterrupted views over the park. Outside the sliding doors is a small decked balcony with some seating.
Inside the finishing is of a very contemporary standard and very pleasing to the eye with wooden flooring is covered with grass matting some decorative wood to the walls and a large twin or double bed. Another door takes you to the en-suite, which is again of a modern design with double basins and a large shower; the room is mostly tiled with wooden flooring.
Leroo La Tau is situated on the western bank of the Boteti River, northwest of Khumaga Village and about 140 kilometres southeast of Maun. The eastern bank of the Boteti River forms the boundary of the Makgadikgadi Pans National Park, which stretches away from the riverbank towards its interior of scrubland and mineral rich grasslands.
The Boteti River is the main outflow of the Okavango Delta, collecting the water that flows past Maun, and stretching about 250 kilometres southeast to Lake Xau on the extreme south western edge of the great Makgadikgadi salt pans.
In the mid 1980s the flood waters of the Okavango Delta started to decline as the region entered a cycle of low rainfall, and consequently the Boteti River began to recede. The river stopped reaching as far as Leroo La Tau in 1988, and by the mid 1990s had dried up completely.
Leroo La Tau was left with a few waterholes in the riverbed which remained home to a small pod of landlocked hippo, together with crocodiles which became completely terrestrial, making dens in riverbank ‘caves’ opposite the lodge. Large quantities of zebra and wildebeest continued to graze the rich grass plains, migrating to the Boteti River at the end of winter to access the remaining waterholes.
In 2009, two decades after the Boteti River stopped flowing at Leroo La Tau, record rainfall resulted in the highest Okavango flood levels for 25 years. The Boteti River began flowing again and is present at Leroo La Tau once more.
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