Tau Pan Camp

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Explore and Engage in the Beauty of Tau Pan Camp in Botswana and be forever mystified of such luxury!

Tau Pan Camp accommodates up to eighteen guests in specially designed thatched units on raised decks. The camp offers truly incredible views from the ridge of an ancient sand dune, an unusual experience in a land as flat as Botswana, and overlooks the famous Tau Pan Camp – recognised for its stark beauty and remoteness.

This, the first safari camp to be built in the Central Kalahari Game Reserve, is a model of environmental sensitivity. As with its sister camp, Nxai Pan, Tau Pan Camp has been constructed with the delicate ecologies in mind. Both utilise only solar power for the generation of electricity, heating of water and pumping of water from deep under the Kalahari sands. Waste water is treated in a state-of-the-art sewerage treatment plant and the fully treated water is returned to the sands from whence it came.

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Botswana’s vast and unspoilt Central Kalahari Game Reserve is one of the largest and least-visited conservation areas in the world – it’s also home to the beautiful Tau Pan Camp, overlooking a permanent waterhole and the seemingly endless Kalahari horizon, and providing the ideal base from which to gain a once-in-a-lifetime Kalahari experience.

A year-round destination, the best time to go to the Kalahari is between early December and April when the warm summer rains rejuvenate the region: many antelope species give birth, flocks of migrant birds arrive and the Kalahari predators – lion, cheetah, wild dog, brown hyena, jackal and leopard – are in their element. Explore the reserve on 4×4 game drives or on guided bush walks with the San Bushmen who will teach you the finer details of survival in this hugely rewarding environment.

At A Glance

  • The first semi-permanent camp inside the Central Kalahari Game Reserve.
  • Famous as a pristine wilderness area.
  • 9 environmentally adapted en-suite rooms including 1 family room.
  • 100% solar operated.
  • Activities include game drives, star gazing & nature walks.
  • Overlooks a permanent watering hole.
  • Guide and tracker team.
  • All inclusive rates.
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Tau Pan’s large communal thatched hut has a spacious lounge area that flows into the dining area, and both rooms lead out onto a wooden terrace which houses the swimming pool, a open-air boma, and several loungers to relax on in between safari activities.


Tau Pan Camp offers three delicious African-inspired meals a day. Enjoy a sumptuous breakfast after returning from a game drive, then partake in a lazy afternoon lunch before heading out on a game drive in the afternoon.

Then it’s time to experience a stunning Tau Pan candlelit dinner out under the stars or in the elegant dining area.

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The daily safari routine usually involves an early morning wake up call, and a gathering around the fireside for piping hot tea and coffee, a bowl of sumptuous porridge and freshly baked muffins. As well as the clean early morning air and dazzling sun rise, an early departure greatly increases the chances of unusual sightings, as the majority of mammals are active at the beginning and end of the day when temperatures are lower.

The Kwando Safaris game drives – Day & Night

Game drives are undertaken in custom designed Toyota game viewing vehicles seating no more than six guests at a time in two rows of three seats at the desert properties (Nxai and Tau Pan) and 3 rows of 3 seats in the other camps (Kwara, Little Kwara, Lebala and Lagoon). Guests are guided by a two person team of professional guide and tracker – a special feature of the Kwando Safaris wildlife experience.

The two person team enables the guide to communicate points of interest and the complex interrelations that exist throughout the natural world, while the tracker ensures no sightings or tracks are missed.

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Tau Pan Camp Reviews

“This was my second experience with Kwando camps, although I had not yet been to Tau Pan. My second visit did not disappoint. The lodge is amazing, the rooms wonderful and the people are the best. We came for the wildlife and were not disappointed.” – Madeleine136

“The five of us flew in on a five seater plane, landing on a dirt strip. It was a very exciting start. We were met by our guide and tracker, in the safari truck. The camp overlooked a water hole and anytime you would see animals and birds drinking.” – Peter S

“We spent 2 nights at Kwando Safari’s Tau Pan camp in the Central Kalahari Game Reserve in early June 2015. This was part of an 11 day safari trip and we chose Tau Pan as a contrast to our other camps in the Okavango Delta. It was certainly very different.” – John A

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