Leroo la Tau (Makgadikgadi Pans) Botswana
Leroo La Tau Lodge is situated near the village of Khumaga on the western border of the Makgadikgadi Pans National park, which stretches away from the banks of the dry Boteti River, through the park's interior of scrubland and grasslands, where it ends at the extraordinary salt pans in the east. The pans are the remains of a great lake that once occupied a significant portion of Northern Botswana, covering approximately 60 000 square kilometers. After dramatic climate change caused the drying up of this once majestic lake, there was a considerable amount of salt residue left behind. After the start of the rainy season the desert area teems with wildlife as herds of zebra and wildebeest graze on the wide open green grassland plains.
During the wet season there is an influx of migratory bird species, while resident desert species welcome their visitors by showing off their breeding plumage. At the onset of the dry season as the pans dry out again, there is a mini migration as all the animals start looking for water again. This migration moves up along the dry Boteti River, searching for water holes providing the only water for thousands of square kilometers. The migration can bring up to 30 000 zebra and wildebeest into the area and with it an increase in levels of predator activity.
La Tau is built on cliffs over 10m high above this changing riverbed environment. The main reception and lounge area of Leroo La-Tau is located on top of these cliffs; this raised vantage point ensures unsurpassed views of the river and the Makgadikgadi to the east.
The lodge offers 12 luxury thatched and glass fronted suites with en-suite bathrooms, each one a raised wooden platform. The main lounge and dining area, with its inviting wooden and thatch finishes, offers guests the opportunity to sit back and 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 pool or enjoy the river view vistas from the game viewing hide built into the bank of the river.
The lodge offers both scheduled guided day and night game drives. Depending on the water levels of the Boteti River, boat activities can also be provided. Optional cultural excursions can be arranged to visit Khumaga Village, as can guided nature walks in the area surrounding the lodge.
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. Please note: Due to their remote location within the Makgadikgadi Pans National Park, the physical Makgadikgadi Pans are not visited on daily scheduled activities from Leroo La Tau.
Accommodation Rates:- From $650 per person per night sharing. Please contact us for a quote and suggested itinerary