Lodges

Leroo La Tau

Easygoing style on the edge of the Boteti River

Leroo La Tau

Leroo La Tau is perched on the banks of the seasonally flowing Boteti River, west of the well-known Makgadikgadi Pans in Botswana. The region is famous for its large yearly migrations of zebra and wildebeest - thousands can be seen in the riverbed during the end of the dry season (September/October). The river itself has a fascinating and tumultuous history, drying up significantly in 1988 for two decades, affecting wildlife behaviour and prompting incredible adaptations like terrestrial dwelling crocodile building dens into the dry riverbanks. However, since a record high flood in 2009, the seasonal flow has been adequate and wildlife again congregate on the river, typically from May through October. The lodge is one of the few luxury options in the region - you'll feel utterly spoiled but also easily at home in this grand setting with warm, down-to-earth hospitality.

At the lodge

The hotel

There's no disputing it—these expansive grounds are a stunning setting for sheer relaxation and seasonal game viewing. Enjoy the lovely open riverfront area, including a large swimming pool, a wrap-around deck, a sunken sandy fire pit and a hide tucked into the reeds on the Boteti River. Thatched roofs with manicured lawns and a grand dining table create an air of African tradition seasoned with prim and proper colonial style finishings. The upstairs loft with outdoor seating and views overlooking the river is an exclusive treat between the activities.

The rooms

Twelve sizeable raised chalets sit well-spaced along the riverfront, each with it's own view. Here, it's all about the view, with the huge sliding glass-doors in the bedroom and large windows in the en-suite bathroom. Each has a double bed and a single bed, comfortably accommodating three per room. The neutral colour palate, sisal matting and calico curtains give this a natural, well-blended style. Tea and coffee facilities allow you to help yourself to a cup-a any time you like, and the large outdoor deck transforms this simple but luxurious dwelling into a palace.

On safari

Experiences

Located outside Makgadikgadi National Park on a small private reserve, the majority of the game driving takes places in the park itself. Drives are therefore subject to park rules: no off-roading or night drives allowed. You'll spend most of your time on or along the river's edge - be it a game drive or a boating cruise -as it yields the most productive sightings. Visiting the interior of the park, where the pans are located, can be a long and arduous journey; it's possible to venture to Nxai Pan, where you'll see the towering, iconic cluster of Baines' Baobabs, though only if you stay a minimum of three nights (it's worth noting it does require a lengthy drive both ways). The highlight is most certainly the river - boating when the water level allows and drives along its edge. Cultural excursions to the neighbouring Khumaga Village, where many of the lodge staff call home, offers a fascinating peek into the people of the region, living amidst a bonafide wilderness.

When to go

Makgadikgadi by month

January

Season: Wet
  • The Pan's are waterlogged during this time of year making certain activities like quad biking impossible.
  • Temperatures are high and relatively humid, with rainfall at its peak for this desert environment.
  • There is plenty of water and lush green grass attracting wildlife and their predators from far and wide.
  • Second largest migration in Africa, with zebra and wildebeest moving into the region.
  • The treetops are alive with the sounds of migratory birds in breeding plumage.
  • Witness a sea of pink on Sowa Pan, home to tens of thousands of Greater flamingo during this time of the year.

February

Season: Wet
  • Temperatures are hot with relatively high humidity, rainfall is at its peak for this desert environment.
  • Wildlife viewing is at its best with lush green vegetation, plenty of water and predators and prey in close proximity.
  • Experience the spectacle of Africa's second largest migration of zebra and wildebeest.
  • An ideal time for birders with migratory species present and in their breeding plumage.
  • The Pan's become waterlogged over this period, making quad biking and overnight fly camping impossible.

March

Season: Wet
  • There is low humidity with high temperatures, less rainfall is experienced usually in the form of sporadic showers.
  • Animal densities are at an all-time high with predators and prey enjoying a time of plenty with lush green grass and waterholes full.
  • Zebra and wildebeest have gathered in the region, following the second largest migration in Africa.
  • Bonding with the habituated meerkats of Jack's Camp is a real highlight of any trip into the area.
  • The Pan's are not accessible during this time of year making certain activities like quad biking and fly camping impossible.

April

Season: Wet
  • Temperatures are still high in April, with rain taking the form of irregular afternoon showers.
  • Over the course of this month animals begin to migrate out of the area as water starts to dry up and the lush grasses die back.
  • Walks led by local bushman provide an incredible insight into survival in this harsh environment.
  • A great time of year to visit the ancient chapman's Baobab, an incredible tree steeped in history.
  • In this month the Pan's may still be too wet for quad biking and fly camping activities.

May

Season: Dry
  • May is a transition month, temperatures begin to drop from the extremes and rain is almost nonexistent.
  • By the end of the month, water's have dried up leading to a mass exodus of wildlife, only the most hardy species remain.
  • Enjoy an incredible landscape of extreme beauty and extreme hardship in this month.
  • There is no better way to meet this region than on a bushman guided walk, offering insight into their ancient culture and survival in this environment.
  • Quad biking and fly camping are just a couple of the must do activities at this time of year.
  • Clear winter skies make for picture perfect sunrises and sunsets.

June

Season: Dry
  • Temperatures are comfortable but have dropped considerably at night, with morning frost on occasion, rainfall dry's up.
  • Wildlife has now spread out over a large area with only the unique species of the desert remaining.
  • A breathtaking landscape awaits over this period, showcasing the contrasts of extreme beauty and hardship.
  • Bushman guided walks provide a special look at survival in this harsh environment.
  • Take advantage of ideal quad biking and fly camping conditions in this month.
  • Enjoy the romance of desert sunsets and sunrises during this time of year.

July

Season: Dry
  • Nights are cold with occasional frost, day temperatures are comfortable and rainfall is nonexistent.
  • Big game has migrated out of the region, allowing the unique desert species to take centre stage, such as brown hyena, aardvark and the very habituated meerkats of Jack's Camp.
  • Incredible harsh landscapes provide interesting photographic composition at this time of the year.
  • Meet the habituated meerkats of Jack's Camp, an unmissable experience in this region.
  • Explore the incredible archeological sites present in the region with ancient stone tools and other remnants of our history.
  • The night sky is at its most impressive, with shooting stars and the Milky Way taking centre stage.

August

Season: Dry
  • The coldest night temperatures have passed, with the daylight hours warming considerably, rain is still very unlikely.
  • Africa's larger species have migrated out of the region, leaving the unique desert species as the wildlife highlight in this month.
  • Quad biking and fly camping are just a couple of the must do activities at this time of year.
  • Bushman led walks offer insights into this ancient culture and survival in this desert environment.
  • Relax with an ice cold beverage, as the sunsets on this magical place.
  • The night sky is at its most impressive, with shooting stars and the Milky Way taking centre stage.

September

Season: Dry
  • Temperatures start to climb, with rain being unlikely in this month.
  • During this month the unique desert species like brown hyena, aardvark and the habituated meerkat of Jack's Camp, provide interesting wildlife viewing.
  • Fly camping in the desolate salt pans looking up at a blanket of twinkling stars is a not to be missed experience.
  • Visit the ancient Chapman's Baobab, an immense tree thought to be thousands of years old.
  • Enjoy the romance of a picture perfect sunrise or sunset at this time of year.

October

Season: Dry
  • Temperatures reach their peak with humidity starting to climb toward the end of the month, it is unlikely that the rains will fall in October over the Makgadikgadi region.
  • Wildlife is experiencing its most dire month with the unique desert species the only wildlife present until the rains break.
  • Photography is particularly good in this month, with clear blue skies and an extreme landscape.
  • An early morning bushman walk, provides insight into an ancient way of life and surviving in this harsh environment.
  • The habituated meerkats of Jack's Camp, are a highlight of any trip into this region.
  • Explore the incredible archeological sites present in the region with ancient stone tools and other remnants of our history.

November

Season: Wet
  • Temperatures are hot and relatively humid with the first rains of the year falling in the form of late afternoon showers.
  • This can be difficult to predict as weather can come early or late depending on the year.
  • Large mammals slowly start to make their way back into the area, bringing a host of predators with them.
  • Visit the ancient Chapman's Baobab, an immense tree thought to be thousands of years old.
  • Known for interesting cloud formations and spectacular electrical storms, illuminate the evening sky.

December

Season: Wet
  • Temperatures are hot and relatively humid with rain falling in the form of late afternoon showers.
  • There is plenty of water and lush green grass attracting herbivores and their predators from far and wide.
  • Migratory birds have returned in breeding plumage, displays for mates are frequent and flamboyant.
  • The smaller insectivores of the region are particularly active during this period with the habituated meerkats of Jack's Camp always a highlight of any stay.
  • Known for interesting cloud formations and spectacular electrical storms, illuminate the evening sky.

Wildlife


This harsh desert environment is transformed during the wet season, attracting wildlife from far and wide. Africa's second largest migration of wildebeest and zebra can be seen here, followed by the infamous Kalahari Black-maned lions and stalking cheetah. An added bonus is the impressive list of unique birds, and a sea of pink flamingos, feeding on the algae-rich waters of the pan.

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