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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. 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’ which means lion in Setswana, is so named for the pride of iconic black-maned Kalahari lions who frequent the camp. Species that can be found in the Kalahari include oryx, the desert-adapted springbok, jackals, the rare brown hyena, red-crested Korhaan and herds of wildebeest. The camp also has a sleep-out deck, which is on the eastern side of the camp. In an area as remote and isolated in the Kalahari desert, the light pollution is minimal to none, and consequently the star-gazing is simply magnificent.
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Maun, Central Kalahari Game Reserve Botswana
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Maun Airport103 mi
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We fancied seeing Kalahari’s stark barren beauty and desert adapted animals, so chose Tau Pan camp for 2 nights as the 2nd safari destination after Lebala. Our observations are: 1) Beautiful landscape and scenery was quintessential picture post-card Africa, vast dry arid land
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Saw plenty of lions (or the same ones several times) - they were at the airstrip on arrival and departure, also two cheetah, giraffe, springbok, jackal, vultures, bat eared fox, oryx and honey badgers. Kwando camps have a spotter as well as the driver/guide which helps a lot.
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Tau Pan is situated on a ridge overlooking a waterhole in the Kalahari. I've never been on a safari to this type of environment before, so I was really looking forward to the differences between this and the river areas. The accommodation is in earth buildings ranged along the
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After staying in a luxury style resort in the Delta, this was bit of a change as it is much more raw. The service is good, but not exceptional. The rooms nice, but a step down. The food decent, but more limited. But having said all that, being on the edge of the Kalahari -
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This was our second time in this camp. We saw a lots of Girafffe, Oryx,and Springbock. We had a great mornging with a young female leopard. She was playing a Long time with a group of Oryx. She was also very courious and interesting in our car. Amazing guiding by Obzer and very
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"Higher numbered units are farther away from the main lodge and a longer hike to meals."
"All the cottages are well separated, so you will have peace and quiet."
"don't worry about it, every room is great and comfortable"
"All rooms have similar views from the ridge top."
"All the rooms (maximum 8 in each camp) are of the highest standards with all you would expect from a five star hotel."
tau pan camp hotel central kalahari game reserve
BotswanaGhanzi DistrictCentral Kalahari Game Reserve
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