Kalahari Plains CampAugust 17, 2021
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.
Tau Pan camp is set in a very remote location in the Central Kalahari atop a ridge looking down over the plains and a nearby waterhole. The only waterhole for many a mile. The views across the plains are quite something with a welcome breeze floating up to bring welcome relief from the heat.
It is a relatively small camp accommodating its guests in 8 large guest rooms all with outdoor showers. They are simple in design and décor and yet somehow feel much more luxurious than they are?!
The main activities are vehicle safaris and bushman walks, both of which are excellent and we fully recommend a full day game drive to Deception Valley, though it is a fairly long way from Tau Pan. It should be noted just how huge the area is that Tau Pan have all to themselves. So much so that you would be very unlucky to see any other vehicles during your stay.
The wildlife sightings here focus much more on the species that you are unlikely to see on the rest of your Botswana itinerary and help to complete the whole picture of Botswana diverse species list. Brown Hyena, Aardwolf, Caracal, African Wild Cat, Oryx and Honey badgers are the animals you will mostly be searching out with Black maned Lion and Cheetah being reasonably regular sightings.
We feel 2 nights in the Central Kalahari is a great beginning or end to any Botswana itinerary of more than 7 nights.
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 Pan accommodates up to eighteen people in nine environmentally designed units. All are built with materials of minimal environmental impact and additionally maintain a constant and comfortable in-room temperature year-round, while seasonal temperatures vary from below freezing to over 40 degrees Celsius.
The rooms include double wash basins and both indoor and outdoor showers. The rooms are spacious with lounge area and one includes an additional twin bedroom, ideal for family use. All the units are on raised decks and their location on the edge of the ridge means that each viewing deck has truly special and captivating views of the wide open pan and its big beautiful sky.
Power in Room
In Room Safe
Full Day Game Drive
Big Five: Lion, Leopard