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Leroo La Tau

Our rating

8/10

Price guide

Price rating 3

Highlights

- Located beside vibrant wildlife
- Incredible views
- Friendly staff
- Superb safari experience

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Overview

Leroo La Tau safari camp is located beside the only water source for miles in the Makgadikgadi Pans: the Boteti River. The camp thus overlooks the incredible migration of game from the dry Salt Pans to the river. What it bears witness to is not a struggle among animals to survive, however, but a thriving ecology, as the surrounding area populates with diverse wildlife that come to drink and bathe just outside your room.

Game viewing in Leroo La Tau is fantastic. You are positioned to watch the second largest zebra migration in the world during dry season. Joining them are lions, wildebeest, Chobe bushbucks, leopards, cheetahs, brown and spotted hyenas, impalas, kudus, jackals, porcupines, genets, caracals, and even, on rare occasions, white rhinoceros. Whilst Leroo La Tau translates to ‘Lion’s Paw’ in English, it offers guests the chance to spot a plethora of game, and also provides spectacular bird-viewing opportunities: rare wattled crane, vultures, saddle billed storks, and many other birds flock to enjoy the surrounding wetlands in the heat.

The camp consists of 12 twin bedded suites (one double and one single bed per suite) that accommodate a maximum of 24 guests. The luxurious thatched chalets are glass-fronted and raised on wooden platforms, offering a high 270-degree panoramic view of the Makgadikgadi parks. En-suite bathrooms complete the luxurious living experience the camp offers.

Leroo La Tau is set in a superb site on the banks of the Boteti River. Beneath its thatched roof lies a lounge, a wildlife reference library, and a cocktail bar. The camp’s buffet-styled and individually-plated food is served in its exquisite dining area, which often precludes an evening spent around a campfire boma on the cliffs of the Boteti River. Designed to dissolve the boundaries between living space and wildlife as much as is possible safely, the camp has a covered viewing hide that overlooks the river banks and a swimming pool past which hippos may occasionally stroll.

Unique to the camp are the open Land Cruiser game drives that run day and night as well as its boat activities along the Boteti River. There are great cultural excursions to Khumaga Village and guided nature walks amongst the terrain surrounding the lodge. Nxai Pan day trips provide a brilliant opportunity to explore new areas of the Kalahari desert, which are often populated by elephants. Leroo La Tau’s staff are friendly and often recount fascinating hunting stories from their childhoods around the boma, and have even been known to sing for guests as a well-versed choir.

Only children over the age of six years are welcome at Leroo La Tau. Families with children aged six to 11 will need to book private activities for an additional cost. There are no family units available, so parents will need to split up into separate tents if they have more than one child with them. Overall, Leroo La Tau is a lodge that offers a great platform for game and bird observation, but is more suitable for families with older children than it is for those with younger children.

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What customers are saying after travelling with Tourdust

Average Rating

based on 508 reviews

(5.00/5)

  • Hi Lisa,

    The safari trip was excellent! The stay, the food and the people were all very nice. We were happy to have Ryan and Stanley as our game drive guides they brought us up close to the animals and Ryan gave very good information throughout.

    Would definitely recommend to friends who are interested in safaris :)

    Also, thanks much for your help, particularly keeping the room for my Brother and his wife they’ve enjoyed the safari very much too!

    Best regards,
    Woan Chyi

    MissingWoan Chyi L reviewing Cape Town & Kruger Safari on 16 October 2019

  • We had a fantastic time and all the arrangements worked perfectly.
    We were very impressed with the quality and service levels of all 4 locations visited and it was truly a holiday of a lifetime.
    Thank you to you and to Lisa for giving us this experience.
    Particular highlights for us – really the whole experience, but of particular impact:
    Breathtaking scenery at Cathedral Peak Hotel
    Rhino Ridge game drives incredible, thanks to guide (we had their head guide, Hala, who’s knowledge, enthusiasm, kindness, interaction, ability to spot wildlife was out of this world)
    Luxury of Rhino Ridge (shower, food, views, service)
    Immersion in nature, torch lit meal on last night and beach trip at Kosi Forest Lodge
    Level of service, quality of food throughout

    MissingCatherine F reviewing South Africa Safari, Beach and Wetlands on 04 September 2019

  • We had a fantastic time. Thank you and it went smoothly in the main except for British Airways!

    The trip had the right degree of luxury and relaxation (for me) and adventure (all of us).

    A few points:
    Driving directions to Umlunghi Lodge were slightly wrong. The driving directions should read at the 4th roundabout take the first exit and turn right over the railway. We loved it there. Anton, Bianca and her son and Harriet were very informative and entertaining. The snake talk and handling, night walks and seeing scorpions and the walk in the bush and "bumping" into a giraffe were really special. The kayak trip to Makuzi pan that the lodge organised was good and Tomaz was very informative and kept a respectful distance from the hippos.3 nights was plenty.

    Rhino River Lodge game reserve was incredibly luxurious and we felt very looked after. The lion siting in camp the day we arrived sent an extra frisson of excitement down our spines. It was easy to forget there were predators that could attack us with all that luxury. The staff and guides (Karl) were knowledgeable and invested in their set up. We saw rhinos with baby, cheetahs with young, porcupine, Genet, wildebeast, Impala, Lion with young, buffalo, a puff adder, ostrich, zebra and giraffes. 4 nights was also plenty.
    They all served great food but I felt Ghost Mountain Inn topped the lot. The variety was amazing. We arrived at 10.30 but could not get into our room until 2 ish. The service was not so personal I guess because it is larger (far more than 50 rooms). We had been a bit spoilt at Rhino River! My daughter and I had some treatments at the Spa and loved it. We also went on a large boat trip on Jonzi and had a closer encounter with a large bull hippo and also a hike up Ghost Mountain with Patrick who was very informative and passionate about his people and his country. Isaac the other guide there took us on the boat trip and pointed out the sugar cane harvest on the way. he was very informative also.

    Lastly, Lalaria Lodge was fabulous and we all piled into the surf of the Indian Ocean. There was hardly anyone on the beach. It was "too cold" according to the landlady. The view from her terrace was of the ocean and whales breaching in the distance. I could have sat there all day. She very kindly provided us with a Scrabble board of her own for us to play. We took a Microlight ride from Ballito over the coastline in the hope of seeing whales and dolphins but no luck. If we had stayed longer we might have gone on a boat trip from Durban. We had a meal at a restaurant called Mozambique which was great fun with vast portions, plenty of carbs and fresh seafood!

    The value of the Rand to the Pound was excellent and therefore we felt that we got excellent value which also played a large part!

    MissingKatrina P reviewing South Africa Bush & Beach Safari For Families on 02 September 2019

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