Leroo la Tau (Makgadikgadi
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