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Tau Pan is the first semi-permanent camp inside the Central Kalahari Game Reserve and offers truly incredible views from the elevated ridge of an ancient sand dune, an unusual experience in a land as flat as Botswana, and overlooks the famous Tau Pan - recognised for its stark beauty and remoteness. Activities offered at Tau Pan are game drives, day trips to the well-known Deception Valley, Sunday, Piper and Passarge Pans, star gazing, and nature walks with Bushman trackers. ‘Tau’ which means lion in Setswana, is so named for the pride of iconic black-maned Kalahari lions who frequent the camp. Species that can be found in the Kalahari include oryx, the desert-adapted springbok, jackals, the rare brown hyena, red-crested Korhaan and herds of wildebeest. The camp also has a sleep-out deck, which is on the eastern side of the camp. In an area as remote and isolated in the Kalahari desert, the light pollution is minimal to none, and consequently the star-gazing is simply magnificent.
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Peter V wrote a review May 18
Boulder, Colorado575 contributions311 helpful votes
Magical environment. Vast open plains. Plentiful game with a local lion pride. Great variety of habitats and experience. The lodge sits on a bluff overlooking one of the few sources of water in the Kalahari. We had a cold but most memorable night sleeping under the stars. Guides were most informative. Food was delicious. Wonderful way to expand one’s Botswana experience beyond the Delta.
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Date of stay: May 2022Trip type: Traveled
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Sarah Solomon wrote a review Apr 2022
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We stayed in March 2022 and had the BEST time. Totally loved Tau Pan and Central Kalahari - it is stunning with vast landscapes, endless skies and wonderful wildlife. We did really well with mammals and birds. We had an outstanding guide & tracker team - KLB & Scouper. The lodge was perfectly run, staff were very friendly & helpful. Food excellent - lots of special dishes made for the vegan in our group. I would go back in a heartbeat!
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Date of stay: March 2022
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Safari Margo wrote a review Apr 2022
Claremont, California7 contributions1 helpful vote
I recently visited Tau Pan as part of a 2-week trip to Botswana, my third trip to this beautiful and hospitable country. I had visited the Delta and the Tuli Block area of Botswana on prior trips and was eager to see some other areas of the country. I was traveling solo but never felt awkward or lonely since all the guests and the staff were very friendly. March is part of the "green" or rainy season, and we did indeed experience some rain, but I did not feel it at any time interfered with game drive activities. I had an excellent guide-tracker team with Tips and PK. PK is a member of the local San people and was able to explain many traditions and customs, including showing us many of the plants that allowed the San and animals in the Kalahari to survive in times of drought. The Kalahari was alive with lots of birds, particularly birds of prey, and we saw many of my favorite bird, the lilac breasted roller. The huge Tau pan is impossible to capture in photos and difficult to even describe, but it is awe-inspiring to see an enormous bowl shaped natural clearing full of game, including large herds of springbok and oryx, hundreds strong. We were incredibly lucky on our first game drive to encounter a caracal, one of the rarest cats to see in Africa, since it is very shy and camouflages into the high grass. Excellent spotting by the guides! We also had a wonderful lion sighting with the huge male, lots of cubs, and a number of females. I was there for 3 nights and we were able to do the long trip to Deception Valley, which gives you a good feel for the enormous size of this reserve. Although it is a national park and open to anyone, we saw very few other visitors beyond a few self-camping vehicles. I would highly recommend Tau Pan to Africa visitors who want to experience a different landscape and a different set of animals than you might see in the Delta, Chobe, or other areas in Botswana. Food and rooms were also excellent, by the way, although to me that is secondary to the game drives!
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Date of stay: March 2022
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Nikki S wrote a review Mar 2022
East Sussex, United Kingdom2 contributions
My first time to Africa, my first time travelling solo too - nerves? Nope, as soon as I arrived I was clearly part of the Tau Pan family! The welcome I received was just the beginning, the entire time I was there I had a ball, the accommodation is fantastic, food amazing, views beautiful, the game drives were unreal and the guides were so knowledgeable and passionate about everything, I was amazed at the enthusiasm and organisation involved, these guys and girls made my trip memorable, enjoyable and something I really hope to repeat...special thanks to Vasco (my guide throughout) it really was the holiday of a lifetie!
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Date of stay: November 2021
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Room Tip: All rooms are amazing and all set with terrace views across the landscape you can't go wrong!
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Martin G wrote a review Nov 2021
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Flying over the desert into Tau Pan Camp from Kwara all we could see was scorched earth and desert and I must say my thought was why are we ending our stay in Botswana here ! Took about a quarter of an hour to answer that "Because the range of game here is still exceptional and the predators are more visible due to the terrain. Hilda and her team,Bonnie,OP(teenage carrots) plus many more run a wonderful camp and nothing is too much trouble. Our guide and tracker Vasco and the legendary Scoupa were amongst the best in Botswana. The camp has it's own man made watering hole about 150metres away, and is easily viewed from the main camp area deck. All sorts can be viewed here ! You can hear lions roar on a regular basis .The sunsets and sundowners are also very special. We spent two nights here and enjoyed every minute. Scoupa is a member of the San people, his bush walk is not to be missed! He explained how he collected and stored water in the desert scrub. He fashioned drinking vessels from leaves and how to make soap etc. He also told us not to be afraid of lions ! A truly great experience. Vasco and Scoupa your bird knowledge was second to none ,thank you all again.Fantastic memories.
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Date of stay: November 2021
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Jurgen B wrote a review Jul 2021
Brussels, Belgium2608 contributions714 helpful votes
The rooms are superb and not so cold because not in canvas, food is very good, service too. A very presumptuous American (ofcourse...) client made a drama for nothing and they stayed calm and polite. We saw lion and leopard, although CKGR is not a very rich place in animal sightings.
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Date of stay: July 2021
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Thiroshani wrote a review Jan 2021
Botswana2 contributions
We had a great time, very pleased with the cleanliness of rooms, excellent chef, excellent staff. Would've been nicer if the vegetarians were given a bit more consideration. Hats off to our bookings manager (Manager Communications) who handled our reservation excellently. She was a pleasure to deal with and kept to her word in terms of our food requirements. It would be nicer though if the front end staff starting from the very top is educated on how to give directions to reach the camp by road. Some of us prefer to go by road covering other places of interest as well. It was not very convincing when we when our telephone inquiry met with an "I only travel by air hence no idea"
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Date of stay: December 2020
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Room Tip: Rooms with least amount of walking would be the safest in my view as this is unfenced.
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amyanderson wrote a review Apr 2020
Hesperia, California1078 contributions47 helpful votes
We loved Tau Pan. We (my mom and I)traveled to Botswana just before Covid 19 exploded. It began to greatly unfold during our trip, which was very surreal and unsettling. The staff were wonderful and made all feel safe and pampered. The lodge is beautiful and the view is astounding. Food was fantastic. We were welcomed to our meals with songs from the sweetest of voices... Staff sang and danced often and I think it greatly lightened the mood of pandemic concerned visitors. Central Kalahari is magical. Guiding was not bad but not on par with other Kwando camps. Will definitely return happily:)
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Date of stay: March 2020Trip type: Traveled
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GNJ93 wrote a review Feb 2020
Mandalay, Myanmar65 contributions9 helpful votes
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Since it was Aug, we were the only ones there. Our room was very comfortable with a great view of the watering hole. Hot water takes a bit longer to heat up though as compared to Camp Moremi. Also, the bathroom is a bit darker than I'd like, esp at 6am. The bed was comfy & I liked the idea of the outdoor shower. Didn't try it as it was too cold in the evenings to shower outside. The food (esp at tea) was excellent especially the chili jam. We have been to UnderCanvas and Camp Moremi & we felt Tau Pan had the best food. Too bad we missed local food night though. Vasco (our guide) & PK (our tracker) were friendly and informative, & we learnt a lot from them. Once they knew what we wanted/hoped to see, they especially kept an eye for those animals. Although it was dry season, we still saw several foxes, jackals, ostriches, oryx, lots of impalas, quite a few wildebeest, honey badger, & thanks to PK, we final got a photo of a steenbok! We also saw mating lions & the rest of his pride. Oh! If it's offered, do the Bushman walk. PK made it interesting & so informative. We had enjoyable conversations with Pro & Florence at meal times. I esp liked the fire pit pre-dinner drinks. They made us feel like we were visiting friends & we were sad to leave.
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Date of stay: August 2019Trip type: Traveled
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Thornsonholiday wrote a review Feb 2020
Shropshire, United Kingdom27 contributions7 helpful votes
We were here as part of a group of friends and loved this camp. Very different from the other Kwando camps as you are in a desert environment rather than within the delta but it is such a good place to visit. We had great game viewings, including coming face to face with two lionesses walking through the camp in the late afternoon, and we learnt so much from the knowledgable guides and trackers. The morning spent with Scouper learning more about the Bushmen was fascinating and a must do. Quality of food was excellent, they managed our dietary needs well (dairy free) and the staff team has such pride in their camp and their work. The rooms are spacious, have to remember you are in the African bush so there are some bugs which the guides will sort for you, but everything about this camp was just so special
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Date of stay: February 2020Trip type: Traveled
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Frequently Asked Questions about Tau Pan Camp - Kwando Safaris
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Some of the more popular amenities offered include free breakfast, a pool, and an on-site restaurant.
What food & drink options are available at Tau Pan Camp - Kwando Safaris?
Guests can enjoy free breakfast, an on-site restaurant, and a lounge during their stay.
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Yes, guests have access to a pool during their stay.
Does Tau Pan Camp - Kwando Safaris have airport transportation?
Yes, Tau Pan Camp - Kwando Safaris offers airport transportation for guests. We recommend calling ahead to confirm details.