This weekend we were given the opportunity to spend a night at Leroo La Tau – a lodge situated overlooking the Boteti River in the game rich Makgadikgadi. As a lesser-known safari destination, I had no idea what to expect, but little did I know that I would have one of my most exhilarating safaris to date.
Despite being only a 30 minutes light aircraft transfer from Maun, Leroo La Tau captures everything that is mesmerising and wild about Botswana. As you enter the lodge you walk out to the stunning swimming pool positioned with breath taking views of the river and wildlife below. The Boteti River was dry for decades, but recently began flowing again seasonally. With that, particularly during the dry season, Zebra and Wildebeest amongst other wildlife come in their thousands to quench their thirst.
Leroo La Tau also offer boat cruises when water levels permit. A matter of seconds after departing on our cruise we encountered a blur of black and white galloping down the steep banks to the river. There is something heart clenching about watching animals in their masses rushing down the riverbanks to the water’s edge. The riverbanks are also a prime area for predators to lie in wake, waiting for the opportunity to arise as distracted wildlife take a drink. We witnessed this ourselves the following morning on a game drive, where we encountered 8 of the biggest lions I’d ever seen, who had made a kill that very morning.
Along with Zebra, Wildebeest, predators and a mind blowing amount of birdlife, we had the fortunate sighting of a herd of elephant crossing the river. Sitting quietly by the riverside, our hearts full and eyes wide, we watched them swim and splash and drink.
Leroo La Tau is not only about game viewing, although that certainly is a big attraction. The staff are kind, helpful and always willing to please, and surprises are never far away. From our evening boat cruise we noticed the flicker of flames on the riverbank, and saw that our very own Bush Dinner had been set up. With the stars as our ceiling we dined to the soundtrack of roaring lions and snorting hippo.
To find out what Leroo La Tau has in store for you, make a visit! As a hidden gem, the Makgadikgadi National Park is home to some of Botswana’s best kept secrets.