Rating: Mid-range Price from: £320 - £570 pp full board
Leroo La Tau ('Footprints of the Lion') is located in the Makgadikgadi Pans, on the edge of the national park. The safari lodge consists of 12 luxurious thatched chalets set on cliffs above the dry Boteti riverbed and a waterhole, which attracts a variety of game. This region is home to a diverse range of wildlife, including zebra, wildebeest, lion, leopard and cheetah. Crcocdiles and hippos can also be seen here.
The guest chalets are set on individual raised wooden platforms and provide comfortable accommodation with ensuite bathrooms. The main lodge area houses the dining room, lounge area and bar where guests can relax and chat over a drink. Alternatively guests can sit round the camp fire enjoying views of the waterhole. The lodge also has a pool, perfect for cooling off from the heat of the day. Activities offered include both day and night game drives as well as waterhole viewing.
Generator power is available day and evening. Video and camera batteries can be re- charged. Chalets have plugs and torches are supplied for use overnight.
Open: Leroo La Tau is open for 11 months each year, closing in one month during the rainy season (January to March).
Location: Leroo La Tau is on the western banks of the Boteti River bordering the Makgadikgadi Pans National Park. It has its own private airstrip, a 30-minute from the camp.
Rooms: There are 12 guest suites, each with one double and one single bed. They are arranged on the banks of the Boteti River and have private, shaded decks. Fans keep the bedroom cool. Facilities include tea and coffee maker, torch, power socket for charging batteries, reading lights, wardrobe and small safe. The bathroom has a shower cubicle, flush toilet and twin hand basins. Toiletries and bathrobes are provided for your stay.
Activities: You can go day and night game drives, and, water levels permitting, take boat trips on the Boteti River. Guided walks are also popular. The camp can organise visits to Khumaga village. If youâ€™re staying for 3 days or more you can opt for a trip to Nxai Pan.
Facilities: The main building is thatched and houses the lounge, bar, and the upstairs library. Thereâ€™s a separate dining area, and a campfire boma overlooking the river where sundowners and nightcaps are taken. Staff can arrange bush dinners, too. The camp has a pool and sundeck. You can buy souvenirs in the gift shop. There is a laundry service.
Dining: Meals can be eaten communally and at separate tables, as you prefer.
Children: Children aged 6 years and over are welcome. Families with children aged between 6 and 11 need to book private safari activities. One child under 12 can be accommodated in each room.
Health: This is a malarial area.
Communication: There is no internet or landline and only intermittent mobile coverage.
A 3-centre safari holiday showcasing Botswana's diverse flora and fauna, offering you the chance to support vital rhino conservation projects.
"Number two on our list. Brilliant guide (very good on birds) and a wealth of wildlife - all close to the lodge. The river floodplain is a magnet for every kind of creature and the vast numbers of zebra are remarkable. Huts well situated close to the water and with things to see straight outside. Wonderfully friendly staff keen to make our stay memorable. "