Of Leroo La Tau And Its Incredible Staff!

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Leroo La Tau operating on the edge of Makgadikgadi National Park, on a stunning location that overlooks the Boteti River Valley. The Camp is one of the nine camps that make the Desert and Delta Safari circuit across the Okavango Delta, Chobe and Makgadikgadi.

The camp boasts 12 rooms, with one being a family room – and all the rooms that are spread along the river bank, give personalised and unmatched views of the river valley, dramatic sunrises and awesome game that descend on the river for a drink.

There can never be a better time to visit this haven of Zebra, wildebeest and birds than the period spanning May to October. In fact, the place is home to the largest zebra migration in Africa – and it is only here where one is guaranteed to see the largest number of zebras in one place.

For a memorable stay, one needs to immense themselves in this paradise of wildlife – be sure to see elephants, hippos, crocodiles and it’s a birders paradise. A visit here gives one an opportunity to visit the famous Nxai Pans and the Baines baobabs as a day trip. Another most sought after experience while here is the opportunity for a sleep out under the stars in the pans. 

Due to its proximity to Khumaga village, this provides a perfect opportunity for cultural experiences – and also the issue of human-wildlife coexistence, and how issues of conflict are resolved.

A must visit camp for an incredible experience.

Another added advantage is that of accessibility – as the camp has a private airstrip which can be accessed from anywhere in Botswana, making it accessible both by air – and a 4 by 4 vehicle is needed to access the camp from the tarred road between Khumaga and Moreomaoto villages.

The list could not be complete without a mention of the incredible staff whose service seals the fantastic experience.

It is therefore not surprising that the camp which is run by a team of friendly management and staff members was last year crowned the best camp under the Desert and Delta Safaris – a subsidiary of Chobe Holdings. Based on the multiple credits and positive feedback the camp gets from its Makgoa, it will also not be a miracle if the reigning champ get to retain their title this year.

On the sideline of this publication’s retreat held at LLT over the weekend, reporters had the opportunity to engage with the camp’s management team who shared their journey with the company;

Lesego Letsholathabe-General Camp Manager

The Tobane native who joined the company in 2021, at the peak of Covid-19, first as a trainee manager shared that among other things that attracted him to DDS was the company’s approach to priotising the welfare of its employees and their development. After having worked in almost four other tourism companies before, Letsholathebe said it is this approach that set DDS far apart from its competitors.

“I joined the company in October 2021 during the Covid -19 pandemic when other companies were retrenching, and DDS on the other hand hiring, and I am that living example.”

Besides prioritising the welfare of its employees Letsholathabe noted that the company also gives back to the communities it operates within highlighting that as LLT they always work together with the Khumaga community in an effort to help develop the village.

Furthermore, he noted that the company also takes good care for the wild animals in its surroundings knowing that besides them there is no tourism to attract tourists. As most part of Boteti river is currently dry the company has continued with its gesture to pump water for the animals to survive the scotching heat.

Rose Mpuchane – Camp Manager

Rose Mpuchane from Mosetse village is one of many other DDS employees who benefitted from the company’s philosophy and vision of localising the positions they have and ensuring that its staff break the notion that management positions within the tourism industry are only preserved for expatriates. Having started from humble beginnings as a house keeper in 2016, Mpuchane then moved up the ladder to management positions.

From housekeeping Mpuchane rose up with the ranks to becoming a waitress, relief chef, chef, professional chef before finding interest to do management. Determined, she used her spare time to train for the position and between 2018-2019 she was taken in as trainee manager. She would later assume the position of an assistant manager after the covid-19 pandemic and had the opportunity to work across all DDS camps. She is now based at Leroo La Tau as one of its camp managers, a position she resumed in May this year.

Loveness Seatso – Camp Manager

Seatso from the village of Beetsha, who is now part of management at LLT joined Desert and Delta Safaris in 2012, on a temporary basis. Little did she know that this marked the beginning of an amazing journey with the company.

Loveness would then started training for the position of traineee manager at Xugana Camp, a development that would see her move between the DDS camps until she completed and was posted to LLT in April this year.

Another thing Seatso is thankful of about the hospitality industry is that it helped her overcome the travelling phobia that used to trouble her as it provided her the opportunity to travel and learn a lot about other countries.

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