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Makgadikgadi Pans National Park, Botswana

Leroo La Tau

  • Leroo La Tau rises majestically above the Boteti River which stretches across the National Park
  • Remote and unspoilt location
  • Enjoy a spectacular wildlife phenomenon on a guided game drive

Facilities include

Swimming pool Safe Restaurant Bar Game viewing hide

Activities include

  • Game Drives
  • Night Drives
  • Village Visits
  • Boating Safaris
  • Guided Nature Walks
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About Leroo La Tau

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 forms the boundary of the Makgadikgadi Pans National Park, which stretches away from the riverbank towards its interior of scrubland and mineral-rich grasslands.

Leroo La Tau is built on cliffs over 10 metres above this changing riverbed environment, offering a raised vantage point which ensures unsurpassed views of the river and the Makgadikgadi Pans National Park to the east.

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. With just 12 thatched chalets, each with en-suite bathrooms, a dining room, reading room and bar in the main lodge, expansive wooden decks and a plunge pool, guests can immerse themselves seamlessly into the ultimate wildlife experience in Botswana.

Having explored the area and enjoyed a spectacular wildlife phenomenon on guided day and night game drives, guests can retire after dinner to a splendid fireplace overlooking the river.

Practical info

Practical info

Location

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.

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.

How to get there

We will assist you with all necessary internal transfers after booking.

BY AIR:
Desert & Delta Safaris privately registered airstrip and can be accessed by charter flights from Maun International Airport and Kasane Airport.
It can also be reached by private air transfers from each of the lodges invoived in the itinerary.

AIRLINES:
Safari Air charters

NB. All prices and times are subject to change.

When to go

Summer: September – April
Winter: May – August
Leroo La Tau is closed for 1 month during the rainy season (January-March) for refurbishments and maintenance.

Important Information

Leroo La Tau operates on AC 220V generator power which is available during the day and evening. Guest accommodation is equipped with a 220-volt AC plug which is suitable for hairdryers and the recharging of camera and video batteries. The generator is switched off at night and inverted 12-volt DC lighting provides room and bathroom illumination overnight.

Visa and MasterCard are accepted.

Due to its remote and unspoilt location, there are no telephone, fax, email or internet facilities at Leroo La Tau. However, Lodge Managers are in constant two-way radio contact with our Maun Operations Office through whom important messages can be relayed.

There is occasional cell phone reception across some of the grounds. As one of Leroo La Tau’s most appealing characteristics is its secluded nature, the lodge therefore ask guests to ensure that their technology usage causes the least possible disturbance to fellow guests. Most guests visit Africa to experience the tranquil nature of the environment and so they therefore do not allow cell phones in public areas.

Children

Travelling with children

Children aged 6 and above are welcome
Children aged 6-11 pay 50% of adult rate
Families with children aged 6-11 will be required to book private activities at an additional cost
Children aged 12-15 pay 75% of the adult rate
Children under the age of 16 must share accommodation with an adult at all times
Children aged 16 and above pay full adult rate
No childcare or babysitting service is provided at this lodge and children remain the responsibility of their parents at all times.

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