If you want to get out into the Kalahari Desert, but stay in luxury accommodation, Tau Pan is one of the places to come. Its remote location means no other people are around and you really have the area to yourself. You feel like an adventurer here!
Tau Pan Camp, run by Kwando Safaris, has been designed to blend in with and compliment the surrounding environment of the Central Kalahari Game Reserve. The largest game reserve in the world, this area is home to a rich variety of game including lion, leopard, cheetah, jackals and plentiful bird life.
The camp is situated on a sand ridge overlooking a permanent water hole. It has 8 tents and is set under thatch. The central area houses the dining room, lounge and game viewing and star gazing deck. There is a small swimming pool and a gift shop. Activities offered include game drives day and night in open 4x4 vehicles with a tracker and guide, a maximum of 6 clients per vehicle and guided walks with San bushman trackers.
The land is mostly flat with undulating grass and bush covered sand dunes. During late November to March the rains generally fall and it's during these summer rains that the Kalahari transforms as the plains and pans burst with flowers and sweet grass. Migratory species including wildebeest return to graze in their thousands and the predators follow. During the dry season of May to September the area retains many resident species which congregate close to surface water and pans.
Open: Year round apart from July
Location: Central Kalahari Game Reserve, overlooking a permanent waterhole. It is the first semi-permanent camp in the game reserve.
Rooms: 9 en-suite rooms including a family suite with 2 bedrooms and a shared bathroom. All are built on elevated timber decks and have wide ranging views of the plains. Bedrooms feature a kingsize bed, lounge area and writing desk, and bathrooms have twin hand basins and a shower, a separate toilet and an outdoor shower.
Activities: Game drives with a guide and tracker, day excursions to Deception Valley, the pans, nature walks with San bushmen and star gazing using the camp's telescope. There is a sleep out deck with 2 beds, a toilet and wash basin, for nights under the stars, offered subject to availabilty and weather conditions.
Facilities: The central area houses the dining room, lounge-bar and game viewing and star gazing deck. Other facilities include a plunge pool and curio shop. Laundry is also included here. Tau Pan uses only solar power.
Dining: Meals are served communally in the dining room, sitting at one long table. All meals and drinks are included.
Children: Children aged 6-12 years are welcome but the family are required to book a private vehicle. Children under 6 are accepted between April and October. as long as a private safari vehicle is booked,
Communication: There is no Wi-Fi internet access or mobile signal
An exciting green season opportunity to visit some of the best wildlife camps in southern Africa at a very special price.
"Although it is said not to be the optimum time - we really enjoyed Tau Pan - landed at their airstrip and within 30 minutes were out watching two of the local pride - digesting their evening meal. New for us was desert wildlife - springbok, Oryx, bat eared fox, Kori B, Secretary Bird were excellent. Great star visibility at night; and enjoyed sleeping to the sound of the two lions - trying to make contact with their three brothers who were awol. It was quiet - only two sets of guests - so only one vehicle out - so no benefiting from another vehicle finding something. And cold at night as expected. But an excellent place to start. "