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On safari around Leroo La Tau and the Boteti River

Every year, thousands of zebra and wildebeest make their way from the wetlands of the north to the pans to seek fresh grass…

By Ollie Maitapiso
Guide at Leroo La Tau

Everyone knows about the Great Migration in the Serengeti, but not many people talk about Botswana’s migration. But every year, thousands of zebra and wildebeest make their way from the wetlands of the north to the pans to seek fresh grass, marking the second-biggest zebra migration in Africa.

At Leroo La Tau we’re based right in front of the Boteti River, so we get to see all this wildlife grazing outside the lodge from around May to November, as well as the predators that follow. I love seeing the zebras arrive at this time, and the activity they create along the river front.

When the water is high enough, we offer motorised boat trips on the Boteti River so guests can witness all this in action. We frequently see zebras and elephants coming to drink, as well as other game such as impalas, kudus and giraffes. Being on the river gives guests a unique perspective of the area, and it’s always a popular trip.

But the main activity here revolves around our game drives; we offer morning and afternoon drives in Makgadikgadi Pans National Park, which sits just across the river and attracts lots of wildlife. Guests can see lions, elephants, giraffes, hyenas, bushbucks, kudus and more roaming the grassland and scrubland – sometimes we might even spot a leopard or cheetah. On the afternoon trips, we stop for snacks and sundowners as the sun sets over the Boteti River, painting the sky and river red.

I have many memorable experiences from guiding game drives here, but one in particular was watching three lionesses stalk a zebra on the dry riverbed, only to have their chances quickly dashed by an impatient male lion. We’re fortunate to have grown up in this environment and I love being able to share the beauty and history of our country with those I’m lucky enough to guide.


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Alfred & Ollie Maitapiso

Ollie grew up in the village of Xaxaba in the Okavango Delta and began his career as a trainee poler in 1999, taking guests out on mokoro trips. He started guiding in 2004 and joined Camp Xakanaxa in the Moremi Game Reserve in 2007, before moving to Leroo La Tau in 2014.

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