Highlights of Leroo La Tau
• Leroo La Tau offers bird’s eye views of the zebra migrations
• Enjoy the glorious sunrise from your bedroom
• Opportunity to visit the nearby Makgadikgadi Pans
• The perfect beginning or end to your Botswana safari
Leroo La Tau lodge is built on the cliffs 15 metres above the Boteti riverbed. The Boteti River is the natural western boundary of the Makgadikgadi National Park. And has been dry for years, except for deep permanent waterholes. However in 2009 after very strong summer rains, the Boteti River started flowing 17 years after it last flowed in 1992 – a miraculous lifeblood for the wildlife in the area.
Leroo La Tau offers a bird’s eye view of the river below, and in the dry season (July to October) wildlife concentrates around the water hole in front of the lodge, especially large herds of zebra and wildebeest. The raised vantage point ensures unsurpassed views of these animals as they quench their terrible thirst. However, Leroo La Tau is not only about lion, zebra and wildebeest. The camp also boasts sightings of Chobe bushbuck, leopard, brown and spotted hyena, impala, kudu, jackal, porcupine, genet and caracal. Most unique however, are the crocodiles and an amazing pod of hippo which have survived in extremely adverse conditions for over 12 years. The hugely contrasting seasons and terrain of the Makgadikgadi National Park makes it a unique haven for large herds and predators alike.
Leroo La Tau accommodates 24 guests in luxurious ensuite chalets, on raised wooden decks. These are spread out along the river banks to enjoy the views. The main lounge and dining room offers you the opportunity to sit back and relax at the bar while listening to the wide variety of night sounds characteristic of the African bush. Alternatively you can relax around the pool during the warm desert days. Evenings can be spent at the campfire which also overlooks the waterhole. The lodge has an east-facing direction so that you can watch the sun rise over the Makgadikgadi.
Game activities at Leroo La Tau
The lodge offers both day and night drives. Morning game drives are in the park with guests being transferred across the river to waiting game vehicles. Evening game drives take place in their private concession. There’s also a hide set closer to the river level. This is a rewarding place to hang out at the end of the dry season when game concentrations are at their peak.
Note: We recommend a three night stay at Leroo La Tau if possible as then your second full day will take the form of a day long safari excursion to nearby Nxai pans and the beautiful Baines Baobabs which is also part of the Makgadikgadi National Park.