LEROO LA TAU

Makgadikgadi Pans National Park
Leroo La Tau is situated on the western bank of the Boteti River, northwest of Khumaga Village and about 87 miles southeast of Maun. The eastern bank of the Boteti forms the boundary of the Makgadikgadi Pans National Park, which stretches away from the riverbank towards its interior of scrubland and mineral-rich grasslands. Translates as ‘lion’s paw’,  Leroo La Tau and it’s surrounds features abundant wildlife including lion, brown and spotted hyena, jackal, caracal, porcupine as well as good populations of general game species such as zebra, wildebeest, giraffe, kudu and impala.
The lodge features twelve luxurious thatched and glass-fronted suites with en-suite bathrooms, each unit raised on a wooden platform. The main lounge and dining area, with its inviting wooden and thatch finish, allows you to relax at the bar while listening to the wide variety of night sounds so characteristic of the African bush. Alternatively you can lounge around the swimming pool or enjoy the panoramic river vista from the game-viewing hide built into the bank of the river. The lodge offers..
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guided day and night game drives. Depending on the water level, boat activities are also provided. Optional cultural excursions can be arranged to Khumaga Village, as can guided nature walks in the area surrounding the lodge.
 
The Boteti River is the main outflow of the Okavango Delta, collecting the water that flows past Maun and stretching about 155 miles 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 short of 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 continued to offer refuge to a small pod of landlocked hippo, together with crocodiles which became completely terrestrial, making dens in riverbank ‘caves’ downriver from the lodge. Large numbers 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, record rainfall resulted in the highest Okavango flood levels for 25 years, and the river once again flows past Leroo La Tau.
 
Leroo La Tau is built on cliffs over 33 feet above this changing riparian environment, offering a vantage point that ensures unsurpassed views of the river and the Makgadikgadi Pans to the east.
 
AT A GLANCE
  • 12 Luxurious thatched and glass fronted suites raised on wooden platforms
  • En-suite bathroom comprising of a shower, double hand basin and toilet
  • All raised on the high banks of the Boteti River with 270 degree panoramic view of the Makgadikgadi Pans National Park
  • Fans in all rooms
  • A dining area which serves buffet-style food and individually plated food
  • Thatched roof covered lounge and cocktail bar
  • First floor wildlife reference library, tucked under the eaves of the thatch and timber main building
  • Evening campfire boma on the cliffs of the Boteti River
  • Covered viewing hide overlooking the banks of the Boteti River
  • Swimming pool
  • Safari shop
  • Superb site on the banks of the Boteti River
  • Offers sanctuary to the second largest zebra migration in the world during the dry season when the water dries up in the salt pans, they migrate to the Boteti River
  • Abundant lion, zebra and wildebeest, and also boasts Chobe bushbuck, leopard, cheetah, brown and spotted hyena, impala, kudu, jackal, porcupine, genet and caracal, to name a few. In addition, there is also the possibility of seeing the rare white rhino
  • Morning and afternoon game drives in National Park as well as night drives with Leroo La Tau private concession
  • Depending on the water level of the Boteti, boat activities are available
  • Guided bush walks in the Leroo La Tau private concession
  • Birding is also spectacular, from the rare wattled crane, to saddle billed storks, and a variety of vultures and other birds
  • All Inclusive: 3 meals daily, soft drinks, house wines, local brand spirits and beer, safari activities, laundry
  • 220V Plug points for charging equipment
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