Along with Kwando's Lagoon Lodge (see separate reviwew) Tau Pan is the best lodge I've stayed in over 32 years of safaris in Africa. It is superbly situated on a ridge overlooking a permanent waterhole. From the deck of our luxurious tent, we saw a pride of seven lions visit the waterhole at dusk, a honey badger, jackals, gemsbok and clouds of sand-grouse. Despite the ever present wildlife and the evidence of nature red in tooth and claw (and often very close up) there is an amazing serenity and peace to the Central Kalahari which the beautifully-sited and constructed Tau Pan Lodge does nothing to disrupt. On the drives to the various pans in the desert - including a long but totally rewarding ten hour day trip to Deception Valley and back - we saw lots of wildlife and gained from the knowledge of Chris and PK - our guide and tracker. The real attraction of Tau Pan and the Kalahari is huge vistas, stunning desert scenery and the quality of the wildlife - Kalahari lions, honey badgers, bat-eared foxes, jackals, leopard tortoises, martial eagles, steenbok, gemsbok, springbok and much, much more. The camp was very well run with great accommodation, wonderful food and superb hospitality organized by Moses, the camp manager. He and the other staff made us feel part of a big family and made our stay absolutely memorable. Already working out when we can go again.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- 'Intimate' and 'personal' are core Kwando Safaris values. The vast wilderness areas in which our camps are located are known for their remoteness and high quality wilderness experience. With the intoxicating sunsets, tranquillity and endless horizons, most people are reluctant to leave! In order for a camp to be included in the Kwando Safaris circuit, it must have the following characteristics: • Intimate and personal - no more than 18 guests per camp • Allow the sounds of nature to dominate • Be managed by experienced and talented citizens of Botswana with motivated and caring staff • Embody the unique Kwando 'Guide and Tracker experience' • Be staffed with guides with the experience and personalities to ensure that no activity is dull! • Limit each game drive vehicle to a maximum of six guests • Have structures that are semi permanent ensuring minimal impact on the environment • Demonstrate environmental best practices in daily operations including the use of renewable energy sources ... more less
- Also Known As:
- Tau Pan Camp Hotel Central Kalahari Game Reserve
- Tau Pan Camp - Kwando Safaris Botswana/Central Kalahari Game Reserve