overview

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 4x4 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.

highlights

  • Set in the wild & remote Central Kalahari Game Reserve
  • Overlooking the scenic Tau Pan
  • First semi-permanent camp in the Central Kalahari
  • Guided walks with San Bushman trackers
  • Legendary predator-rich region
  • Bird lover's paradise with amazing summer birding
  • Permanent waterhole offers game viewing from camp

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Facilities

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.

General Facilities

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    Swimming Pool

Dining

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.

Standard Room

Tau Pan Camp has nine custom-built rooms, all of which sit under a thatched roof and are raised on elevated platforms with an extended viewing deck.

Each unit features a sitting area, an en suite bathroom with dual vanities, and an outdoor shower for those hot Kalahari afternoons.

Standard Room AMENITIES

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    En-suite shower only
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    Outdoor area

Activities

  • Bush dining
  • Day tours
  • Game drives
  • Specialist guides
  • Star gazing
  • Full-day safaris
  • Guided walks
 
  • dates rates from board basis
  • 01 Jul 2017 - 31 Oct 2017 $560 Fully Inclusive Plus
  • 01 Nov 2017 - 30 Nov 2017 $560 Fully Inclusive Plus
  • 01 Dec 2017 - 31 Mar 2018 $560 Fully Inclusive Plus

Our rates are per person sharing unless we note differently.

Please note, additional room types are also available. Family Room Request a quote for rate detail

Please treat all pricing as a guide only:

  • All rates are subject to availability and may change without notice
  • Single supplements may apply
  • Rates may be different for different room types
  • The most competitive rates for accommodation are available in our tailored packages

Request a quote or speak to one of our African Safari Experts for the best, most current rates available.

Traveller Reviews

  • Our first night was at Tau Pan, which is in the Central Kalahari. I picked the Central Kalahari as I wanted a different part of Botswana and had heard that there are meerkats there. There were not, but it was interesting to see a drier part of Botswana, and some different wildlife, eg oryx, springbok, and black-maned lions. Additionally, both Ginny and I had read the ‘Cry of the Safari’ and we wanted to visit Deception Valley. The room was nicely furnished with a wide view of the plain and water hole - the latter a little hard to see. We were close enough to the common areas that the walk was not too far. The outdoor shower was good. We were told NOT to be on the veranda at night! Mozilla was our guide. He was knowledgeable, helpful to a first-timer, and indefatigable. The trip to Deception Valley and return was really long. He kept his spirit up though, and walked us back to our tent after dinner even though he was tired. As it happened, there was not much to see in the tree island. He was an expert at spotting birds, beetles in bushes, butterflies, and found us some lions as well as two giraffe males having a ‘spat’. The latter was incredible! The game drives were all good: lions, oryx, springbok, giraffe, bustards, lilac-breasted roller, ostrich, etc. This was a park so we were limited to roads, but were able to get as close as possible, particularly with the lions and giraffe. In general, a well-run camp: food was good, accommodation fine, staff friendly and helpful, clothes washed and ready for us. And, one morning we were woken up by a lion’s roar! Dinner was communal — guests and guides. Excellent!

    Margaret Tsitouris, May 2016
  • Tthe two camps that you recommended truly exceeded our expectations. We had some great sightings.

    David Matthews, February 2015
  • We were really happy with the Tau Pan and Little Kwara. And of those 2 camps Tau Pan and the Kalahari were awesome. Just a very peaceful place.

    Scott Fredricksen, April 2014
  • Tau Pan Camp in the Kalahari's highlight was the walk with the Bushmen - learnt so much about how they live in the desert.

    Carrie Ahern, March 2012

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Rikke Williams

Rikke Williams

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"Stunning scenery and a very peaceful place. The Bushman walk was a highlight, an informative and amazing experience!"

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Tau Pan Camp in the Kalahari's highlight was the walk with the Bushmen - learnt so much about how they live in the desert.

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