Another breathtaking stopover lodge, dubbed Lehututu Lodge, has been opened in Maun. This beautiful, month-old indigenously built lodge is situated in the Sekaka area on the banks of the slow-drifting Thamalakane River, 19 kilometers away from the hustle and bustle of Maun.
Lehututu Lodge, which is 100 percent citizen-owned, is perfect for the more discerning travelers on their way to or from the Okavango Delta because of its unique atmosphere and where it is situated. This is a place where people can hide away from the noisy town and chill out and enjoy their cold drinks while viewing breathtaking scenery.
This Lodge’s uniqueness lies in the way it has been built. It consists of 10 thatched luxury chalets built completely from stones, an executive suite and a family house all facing the river. For the camp lovers, Lehututu has eight fully serviced camping pergolas with electricity and water right next to the campers. Another extraordinary feature is the main thatched complex consisting of bar, lounge and dining area, which offers a cool and peaceful refuge from the heat of the day. The design of this main thatched complex is magnificent ÔÇô it is made up of massive wooden poles which make it unique. For the travelers’ relaxation, the Lehututu lodge also offers a swimming pool.
Lehututu is not the kind of place where visitors would like to stay inside their rooms the whole day. It is the place where travelers will get pleasure from sitting outside and enjoying its beauty.
Speaking in an interview with The Sunday Standard, Keloitsang ‘Killer’ Ledimo, co-owner of Lehututu Lodge, said that the lodge is the height of unexpected comfort, catering to both demanding international tourists and business people.
According to Ledimo, the area where Lehututu Lodge is situated is a legend for Mahututu birds, which is why the lodge was named Lehututu Lodge. He reveled that the Lodge also has 5 hippopotamus that sometimes wander next to the chalets in the dead of night, scaring the tourists and giving them a good story to tell the next day.
“What really differentiates us from other lodges is the way this lodge is built. Almost everything we used is indigenous while most lodges here in Maun have town set-up designs,” said the co-owner, Robert Riggs, who built the lodge by himself. He said the reason behind the design of this lodge was to make tourists feel as if they are already in the bush. Before he started building it, he said, he had already visualized this lodge, and the end product is exactly what he had in mind.
“I wanted this lodge to be a totally unique and permanent structure as opposed to the ones we have and the end product is precisely what I envisaged,” he stated.
Though the building materials used to build this lodge was taken from the environment, Rick assured that they did not damage the environment but rather used elephant damaged trees. The window sills are also made from trees, and stones used to build the walls were taken from approximately 200 km away from Maun, he stated.
Rick said their targeted market is everybody, adding that they have another project coming up.
“We are going to build a big cultural village where different tribes will have their own small villages. This center, whose plans have already been approved, will be offering traditional food, their craft centers, different dances of all these tribes,” he explained.
Though this project will be built on a small concept, it will be on a larger scale. What they have realized is that visitors from outside do not even touch down when going to the Deltas hence are not able to see the people of Maun but only see Batswana in the camps. He said they want to offer something different.
“We want them to experience the culture of Batswana, something that they can talk about when they go back home,” he said as he appealed to Batswana to help them in this so that it can be a success.