Sleep Out under the stars on the Makgadikgadi Salt Pans

While travel remains limited, our operations team in Botswana has been hard at work refining our safari offering. We are incredibly excited to announce the launch of a new once in a lifetime experience: The Makgadikgadi Salt Pan Sleep Out. This extraordinary, experiential sleep out, under the stars on the vast Makgadikgadi Salt Pan is a truly amazing encounter. Guests staying three nights or more at the beautiful Leroo La Tau are offered a complimentary experience of their choice. Guests can visit the wildlife-rich Nxai Pans on a day trip or venture onto the stunning Makgadikgadi Salt Pan and spend an unforgettable night under a blanket of stars with a dedicated guide. This life-enriching experience is available from the 15th July – 31st October each year.

Salt Pans sleep out on the Makgadikgadi Salt Pans


Described as a life-changing experience, the Makgadikgadi Salt Pan Sleep Out will awaken your senses in one of the world’s most beautiful natural environments. The Makgadikgadi Salt Pan is one of the world’s largest salt flats – a place so remote that both sound and light pollution is non-existent. With nothing more than a bed between you and this vast expanse, there is no better place to find a deep sense of inner peace and tranquillity. The outstanding staff at Leroo La Tau will prepare your ‘bedroll’. Consisting of a duvet, pillow, and extra warm blankets. The gorgeously comfortable bed will provide a cosy haven that protects you from the cold desert night. At three-quarter size, the bedrolls can fit a couple close together for the most romantic evening. Around an open fire, a delicious bush menu will be traditionally prepared and cooked under the stars.

Excursions occur from July to October when the dry season transforms the flats into a shimmering landscape of pristine white salt. With endless horizons and an enormous night sky, you will be astounded by this stunning starry spectacle. Available for only six people at a time, this intimate experience must be pre-booked before arrival. For those seeking a more personal experience, guests may also request a private trip (surcharges apply).

For the ultimate luxury experience, you can journey to the pans by helicopter on a 30-minute flight. With no doors, this incredible flight provides uninterrupted views of Botswana’s unique landscape and wondrous wildlife.


Full of rustic charm, the luxurious Leroo La Tau lodge offers an authentic Botswana experience. Twelve thatched and glass-fronted suites sit on a raised wooden platform to showcase incredible views of the African bush. These breath-taking panoramas continue throughout the lodge, where guests can sip cocktails at the picturesque bar, or cool off in the large swimming pool, surrounded by river vistas.

Located on the edge of the Boteti River, the lodge offers game drives and river viewing activities. This fantastic location is the best place to witness Botswana’s astounding abundance of wildlife, as the fertile plains ensure phenomenal sightings of lion, zebra, wildebeest, leopard, and cheetah.


Leroo La Tau guest room overlooking the Boteti River