Terrafou is Botswana’s hidden secret in the middle of the African bush. The lodge is Botswana-owned and located right on the banks of the mighty Limpopo River at the Tuli Block.It boasts lovely woods, all green landscape, well-kept self-catering chalets, decent food and hospitable staff. The place was indeed home away from home.
I went there with my family where we enjoyed our two day-stay during Independence. It is well kept and the staff was very helpful and taking good care of us. The chalets are convenient as they cater for children as well. According to the manager Priscah Makgwathana, the place has been in existence for over 30 years.
At first, it was a holiday home for a Denmark fellow who has since sold it to other shareholders. It would later be turned into a hunting area and later a place for tourists. The lodge is surrounded by tranquil lawns, lush gardens and the reviving breath of air.
Wildlife at Terrafou
We went on a game drive with the zealous guide Freeman Kaisara Lephole. He explained a game drive as rather ‘the beauty of nature and not just seeing wild animals.’ The refreshing sight of the bush was in itself therapeutic.
Terrafou lodge covers an area of approximately 4300 hectares consisting of a mix between bush veldt and hillocks. In the river we saw hippos and crocodiles. A variety of antelope can be found roaming the area including kubu, elephant, lions, impala, waterbuck, steen buck, duiker and gemsbok. Other animals include zebra, wildebeest, hartebeest, warthog and an abundance of different bird species.
Terrafou Hunters’ Camp
- Deluxe rooms
Hunters’ Camp consists of 3 double houses each housing two double rooms. All rooms have private facilities and air-conditioning. The camp itself has an outdoor covered dining area, splash pool and a platform stretching out onto the river from where we enjoyed a sundowner and the beautiful nature.
Terrafou Middle Camp
– Deluxe rooms
Middle Camp consists of three double houses each housing two double rooms. All rooms have private facilities and air-conditioning. The camp itself has an outdoor covered dining area, splash pool.
Terrafou Old Camp
- Standard rooms
Old camp is a little bit more primitive but has a lovely atmosphere. This camp also consists of two double houses with two double rooms in each. Each house share a bathroom. The camp itself has an outdoor covered dining area as well as a splash pool.
The food was also tasty and credit should go to KabeloMabelebele and his gifted team for delicious cuisine, especially those herb-spread dumplings and chicken stew. We are definitely going there again soon. The peace and quiet and the enthralling beauty make it worth another visit.