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Tau Pan Camp - Kwando Safaris
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Reviewed 2 April 2014

Loved the camp. My husband and my 86 year old father and I had a fabulous time here. We spent three nights, saw wonderful game including wild dogs. We stayed in a family suite which cut costs and allowed us to be together.

Stayed: February 2014, travelled with family
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Reviewed 26 March 2014

The Tau Pan camp was our second Kwondo lodge and it was once again very friendly and a well-organized camp. Tau Pan is relatively new, built only 5 or 6 years ago and the rooms are well done, as is the central reception and dining room. It has 9 rooms, so the maximum number of guests should not exceed 18-20 people. This allows them to provide very personalized service. We went on several game drives and on a nature walk from the lodge and our driver and tracker were very good. The food was good, the facilities were good and the experience was good.

We thought we might see a larger variety, but we certainly did see some very interesting animals, we saw hundreds of animals out on the plains (Oryx and Sprinbok galore), saw some very interesting birds and some wonderful landscapes and vistas in the Kalihari. It is very large and at this time of year, in the green season, the varieties and types of vegetation, bushes and trees were a pleasant surprise.

In this region, it appears that the best experience is quite dependent on timing, so it is important to have someone that really understands the animal migration patterns to help with booking the best location for a given time of year

  • Stayed: March 2014, travelled as a couple
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Reviewed 25 March 2014

Wow, the Kalahari in the green season was just incredible! Teeming with life, so many animals and amazing verdant vegetation, flowers, grasses, insects, birds galore!
We had wonderful sightings (lions, leopard, bat-eared foxes, giraffe, jackals, springbok, oryx, ostrich many many beautiful birds and much more), but remember this is a national park so no off roading or night drives. If the animals are close to the road that is lucky but if not you cannot go closer. The environment here is very fragile though and so the precautions about not driving off road are important and understandable.
We had a wonderful guide/tracker combo in Dennis and PK, nothing was too much trouble for them, they were great at what they did, fun to be with and just very nice guys. We had a lovely group of people In our vehicle and had a fabulous time together :-) 6 people in 2 rows of seats was not ideal but I gather they are upgrading all the vehicles to 3 rows of seats so that will make it even better.
The lion sightings were great and the lions spent a lot of time near camp. It was thought they had very young cubs but we did not see them (probably too young for the lionesses to bring out yet).
The camp itself was lovely, beautiful view, rooms spacious and comfortable and well equipped. All the staff were lovely, friendly, helpful and took great care of us. The food was fantastic. The stars at night were incredible.
Really enjoyed our time here and highly recommend it. Was not as hot as I imagined at this time of year (Feb), in fact it was very pleasant.

  • Stayed: February 2014, travelled as a couple
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Reviewed 10 March 2014

(Actually stayed here January 2013 -- writing this review too late to correctly identify the timeframe.)

Tau Pan was our first camp on our very first safari, which we took during the Botswana green season. (Contrary to some other reviews, we think it's a great choice for first-timers as long as you combine it with the very different Okavango Delta.) We woke up in Johannesburg that morning and I told my husband, not really believing it, "Maybe we'll see a lion today!" By the time we went to bed that night, our fantastic guide Donald and inimitable tracker Custom had shown us 12 lions...plus a tower of giraffe -- straight off the bush plane, which was most exciting -- a family of bat-eared foxes, bateleur eagles, ostriches, springbok, steenbok, oryx, a leopard tortoise and a whole lot more. We did the full-day trip to Deception Valley and loved the undulating, constantly changing landscape; Donald and Custom worked unbelievably hard to find us an incredible variety of wildlife. They even took a long detour to a pan in which some other travelers told us they'd seen mating lions -- we didn't find the lions, but we very much appreciated the effort. We enjoyed the San bush walk and loved the evenings by the fire under an arcing, star-filled sky. Really enjoyed talking to Moses, the friendly camp manager, about international politics and current events in Botswana, and the ladies who work in the restaurant and bar were extremely kind. Our room was beautiful and inviting, and our only regret is that we didn't really have time to use the deck with its sweeping views -- I wanted to star-watch on it one night after dinner, and Donald kindly pointed out that we'd probably attract some curious lions by doing so! So we took in the night skies from the enclosed outdoor shower instead. Kwando does a great job all around and Tau Pan is a wonderful place from which to see the Kalahari. Highly recommended.

Room Tip: All the rooms are very good -- for extra privacy and remoteness, ask for one at the end.
  • Stayed: January 2014, travelled as a couple
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Reviewed 3 January 2014

Spent x-mas eve and 2 more nights in Tau Pan after coming down from one of their sister camps in the Delta (see review of Little Kwara). Same high standard of the staff and camp. Scenery and wildlife very different. We wanted to experience 2 types of safari, and that we had.

First night the staff entertained with dance and song, and suddenly we heard one of the mail lions we had seen earlier. Fantastic experience under the stars. The camp is one of 2 camps in Kalahari, the other one is 130 km away. So you are remote, to put it mildly.

Guiding could have been better. Bushman walk was great. Trip to Deception Valley ok, but the feeling of openness is not very different from the one you get down at the Tau Pan itself. And the 2 hours drive is quite bumpy at times.

One downside is the heat in the room. The ceiling fan is not very effective.

  • Stayed: December 2013, travelled as a couple
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