Leroo La Tau

 

Location

Leroo la Tau rests on the western bank of the raging Boteti River, across from the Makgadikgadi Pans National Park. About 140 kilometres from Maun and lying northwest of Khumaga Village, Lerro la Tau overlooks one of the principal waterways of the Okavango. Upon passing by, the busy waters of the Boteti River flow right into the majestic Xau Lake, on the furthest borders of the Makgadikgadi Salt Pans.

The Lodge

Built on cliffs over 10 metres above a changing riverbed environment, Leroo la Tau places guests in an all-seeing seat above the land.

The lodge features 12 decadent, thatch-and-glass fronted suites, with en-suite bathrooms in a lifted platform. The main lounge and dining regions are inviting and hospitable with warm timber finishes and thatch roofing. Here you can stretch out, unwind and absorb the sounds of the African bush. The swimming pool and the game viewing hide, built into the bank of the river, are additional places where guests can absorb the majesty of the Delta.

Activities and Wildlife

With planned morning and evening game drives, prepare to take in the Chobe bushbuck prancing through the lands, or the leopard, cheetah and hyena as they stalk these magnificent creatures. When water levels are ample, boating down the Boteti River and mokoro excursions are a special treat, where crocodiles, hippos and other aquatic life come into full view. Visits to the Khumaga Village reveal the habits and traditions of the people of Botswana, whilst guided walks teach guests about the intricate web of the ecosystem and the symbiotic relationships between plants and animals.

25 years ago, this region suffered a drought. The Boteti River dried up completely, leaving only a handful of waterholes and a few resident hippos and crocodiles to reside in the minimal pools of water. The herd animals stayed, grazing on the mineral-rich grasses, but left at the end of winter, in search of water-rich regions. In 2009 a miracle of torrential downpours cascaded down the parched banks of the Boteti, trickling at first, then amassing by degrees until it reached record flood levels. Still today these blessed levels remain intact, to the delight of guests, residents and wildlife alike.