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Maun, Central Kalahari Game Reserve Botswana
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#2 of 8 Specialty lodging in Central Kalahari Game Reserve
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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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amyanderson wrote a review Apr 2020
Hesperia, California1,016 contributions41 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 with family
GNJ93 wrote a review Feb 2020
Mandalay, Myanmar66 contributions10 helpful votes
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 as a couple
Thornsonholiday wrote a review Feb 2020
Shropshire, United Kingdom18 contributions3 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 with friends
Chris H wrote a review Jan 2020
Barnsley, United Kingdom6,495 contributions4,357 helpful votes
We stayed here for 3 nights in the start of Botswana’s rainy season in January 2020 at the start of our Kwando safari adventure. The camp is set high on a sandbank with great views over the area. There is a watering hole which attracts passing animals, although the rains had given them a lot of other drinking options. This camp is in a National park, so off-road tracking isn’t allowed & you have to be back at the lodge for 7pm which makes game viewing more challenging. Tuelo was our talented guide & Scouber out tracker, was an ex bushman & was a real expert in this area of Botswana. Rooms are comfortable, the meals are plentiful & all the staff are great. We had some great sightings despite the challenges, lion, leopard & even a rare wild dog pack sighting. Very happy stay & interesting environment to explore.
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Date of stay: January 2020Trip type: Traveled as a couple
Margit H wrote a review Jan 2020
Vienna, Austria20 contributions4 helpful votes
The Kalahari desert was totally different to what we had seen before during our trip through Botsuana. Tau Pan Camp is situated on a hill with an incredible view into the desert and with a water hole nearby which is regularly visited by lions. Our guides were Kenny and Zimbo. We did a whole-day trip with them spanning 11 hrs and 360 km through the desert. We saw all the animals we could hope for, very different landscapes and impressions. The camp team is very friendly and forthcoming, and good fun to be with. Thank you all for welcoming us to the camp and making our stay an unforgettable one!
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Date of stay: January 2020
Room Tip: There is an open air room for the dry season - must be spectacular!
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Frequently Asked Questions about Tau Pan Camp - Kwando Safaris
What are some of the property amenities at Tau Pan Camp - Kwando Safaris?
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.
Is parking available at Tau Pan Camp - Kwando Safaris?
Yes, free parking is available to guests.
Are there opportunities to exercise at Tau Pan Camp - Kwando Safaris?
Yes, guests have access to a pool during their stay.
Does Tau Pan Camp - Kwando Safaris have an airport shuttle?
Yes, Tau Pan Camp - Kwando Safaris offers an airport shuttle for guests. We recommend calling ahead to confirm details.