(Actually stayed here January 2013 -- writing this review too late to correctly identify the timeframe.)
Tau Pan was our first camp on our very first safari, which we took during the Botswana green season. (Contrary to some other reviews, we think it's a great choice for first-timers as long as you combine it with the very different Okavango Delta.) We woke up in Johannesburg that morning and I told my husband, not really believing it, "Maybe we'll see a lion today!" By the time we went to bed that night, our fantastic guide Donald and inimitable tracker Custom had shown us 12 lions...plus a tower of giraffe -- straight off the bush plane, which was most exciting -- a family of bat-eared foxes, bateleur eagles, ostriches, springbok, steenbok, oryx, a leopard tortoise and a whole lot more. We did the full-day trip to Deception Valley and loved the undulating, constantly changing landscape; Donald and Custom worked unbelievably hard to find us an incredible variety of wildlife. They even took a long detour to a pan in which some other travelers told us they'd seen mating lions -- we didn't find the lions, but we very much appreciated the effort. We enjoyed the San bush walk and loved the evenings by the fire under an arcing, star-filled sky. Really enjoyed talking to Moses, the friendly camp manager, about international politics and current events in Botswana, and the ladies who work in the restaurant and bar were extremely kind. Our room was beautiful and inviting, and our only regret is that we didn't really have time to use the deck with its sweeping views -- I wanted to star-watch on it one night after dinner, and Donald kindly pointed out that we'd probably attract some curious lions by doing so! So we took in the night skies from the enclosed outdoor shower instead. Kwando does a great job all around and Tau Pan is a wonderful place from which to see the Kalahari. Highly recommended.
- Also Known As:
- Tau Pan Camp Hotel Central Kalahari Game Reserve
- Tau Pan Camp Botswana/Central Kalahari Game Reserve