Lee on Leroo La Tau

I recently stayed at Leroo La Tau on the Boteti River near the Makgadikgadi Pans in Botswana. Personally I think this is a must for any Botswana safari – either at the beginning or the end of the safari. The views are amazing from just about everywhere in the lodge.

Leroo La Tau is situated on the banks of the Boteti river which had not run since 1989.  With all the good summer rains the underground water levels have risen and the river has started to flow again in the last two years – which has become a magnet for animals needing water as the migrate between the Makgadikgadi pans and the Okavango Delta. This is miraculous and amazing for the wildlife in the area which have been surviving in near drought conditions for a while.

The camp is in a private concession so they offer night drives and can go off road for key sightings.  The game viewing is good with the highlight being the lioness that appears IN the camp from time to time.  This lodge is also a great place to experience the Zebra Migration. There is a herd of approx 2000 zebra that migrate between the Boteti river area and the Makgadikgadi pans. Leroo Le Tau has a resident professor, Prof. James Bradley who is doing research on the zebra and who’s available to tell you about the zebra migration. Prof. Bradley has a tracking system so they can tell where the zebra are heading

One of the other draw cards is the fact that you can go out to the Makgadikgadi salt pans for a day trip.  This would need to be arranged ahead of time at an additional cost.  This is good news for people who want to see the Makgadikgadi pans. It also means that you could see the zebra herd even if they had moved into the pans during your stay at Leroo La Tau.

The rooms at Leroo La Tau camp are large each with magnificent views.  Throughout our safari we had the most amazing sunset views from our rooms but here at Leroo La Tau we saw superb sunrises as you are facing east. Your room also overlooks the dry Boteti river as well as the watering hole. Leroo La Tau is fenced only to keep elephants out and they do have a resident lioness that checks in on everyone from time to time.  She thought it good to look in on us during dinner one night!

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Kate Bergh is co-founder of Cedarberg African Travel, a specialist tour operator for Southern and East Africa.

She heads up the South African office, having lived in South Africa since 1993. Her home looks up to the Cedarberg Mountains, where she enjoys hiking and cycling, when she’s not out discovering new places to visit, with her three children in tow. Kate has travelled extensively throughout the region to Kenya, Tanzania, Malawi, Zambia, Namibia, Botswana, Mozambique and Zimbabwe as well as most areas of South Africa. She also loves history, meeting people and a good thriller...

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