Tau Pan Camp

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.

Situated inside the Central Kalahari Game Reserve (CKGR), Tau Pan is famous for its breath taking night skies and amazing scenery and cloud formations. Tau Pan Camp is located on the edge of the beautiful Tau Pan and commands stunning views of the permanent Tau Pan water hole and the endless Kalahari horizon.

Situated on an established sand ridge overlooking Tau Pan, there are 8 custom-built desert rooms under thatch (including 1 family room). All rooms are en-suite and are adapted to the surrounding environment. The main area consists of dining room, lounge area and a viewing deck. The camp also offers a swimming pool, and curio shop. Tau Pan Camp is adapted to the surrounding environment and runs on solar power.

After the summer rains, CKGR completely transforms as the blue sky fills with huge clouds, and the plains and pans burst with sweet grasses. This is one of the best game viewing areas in Botswana at this time of year and not many people seem to be aware of this so the visitors are few. CKGR is home to animals such as springbok, gemsbok and wildebeest in their thousands and is quite a sight to behold. Predators abound with plentiful lions – especially the famous Kalahari black-maned lion, cheetah, leopard and jackals.

Activities include game drives in open 4×4 vehicles, stargazing and guided walks with a San bushman who will explain and entertain you by answering all your questions from birth to marriage to bush survival. Tau Pan is a national park, a very ecologically sensitive area, and for this reason no night drives or off road driving is permitted. Subject to a minimum of 3 nights’ stay (weather permitting), a raised sleep out deck provides guests with the pleasure of spending an unforgettable night beneath the Kalahari’s glittering skies.


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