Tau Pan Camp

Reviews of Tau Pan Camp

Excellent(93%) From 39 travellers
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Below are independent comments from 39 of our travellers who have visited Tau Pan Camp, and have kindly agreed to share their thoughts.

They do not necessarily represent the views of Expert Africa.
Mr & Mrs K from Bucks
Arrived on: 2-May-2012 Stayed for: 2 nights
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Great lodge but animals not great

lovely lodge, beautiful rooms, good food, good staff.

But again relatively poor safari drives compared to other countries. It was good to have seen the Kalahari but in all honesty this place is disappointing in terms of animals. We were not sorry leave. It was not exciting.

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Mr and Mrs K from London
Arrived on: 24-Apr-2012 Stayed for: 3 nights
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Lions close by at Tau Pan Camp

Our first camp on our honeymoon - we had an excellent time here.

All the staff were very friendly and the food was fantastic - especially the roast chicken! Great view of the watering hole from breakfast, and lions passed through the camp on several occasions (once only a few metres away from our room!)

Day trip to Deception Valley is worthwhile, though it is a long day. Bushman walk also very entertaining and informative - definitely recommended.

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Ms O from Vancouver
Arrived on: 14-Mar-2012 Stayed for: 3 nights
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Tau Pan Camp review

We really enjoyed our stay at Tau Pan. The camp itself is lovely with beautifully designed and very comfortable rooms. We particularly liked how well visually integrated the camp was with its surroundings. Staff was very friendly in general and the evening campfire fun.

Our guide, Lucky, and tracker, PK (sp?), were wonderful. They were friendly and extremely knowledgable. We'd never been on safari before and so had no idea what to expect. Lucky and PK taught us a lot and were simply good company over fairly long days. Lucky is particularly knowledgable about birds, and PK's bush skills are fascinating and impressive. The guides were all quite friendly, and we had a great time with them one evening when they regaled us with stories from their guiding experience. Another staff member, Milady, was a gracious hostess.

We saw quite a bit of wildlife including three separate groups of lions, antelopes galore (primarily springbok and oryx, but also hartebeest, kudu, steenbok, duiker), bat eared foxes, jackals, ostrich, lots of birds and an impressive looking cobra. Others in camp at the time saw a cheetah hunt. Birds spanned the range from eagles and vulture through ground birds to lovely little bee eaters.

The bushman walk with PK was excellent and a nice break from the jeep. The trip to Deception Valley is well worth it but LONG and covers some rough terrain.

The food was of generally high quality but the remoteness of the location means there's a little less fresh food than some other camps and more of an emphasis on stews and roasts.

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Cate and Becca - Denver
Arrived on: 13-Mar-2012 Stayed for: 3 nights
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Tau Pan Camp review

Wonderful staff! Beautiful facilities. The food was fabulous. To be truthful, I was worried about the guides not having guns in the jeep, but all worked out well!... My daughter loved the outdoor shower! This was our first safari and a wonderful memory to share with my daughter.

The camp managers Tuso and Nalady were outstanding in their people skills! WONDERFUL CONVERSATIONS!

Thank you!

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Dr & Mrs N - Indianapolis
Arrived on: 12-Mar-2012 Stayed for: 3 nights
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Tau Pan Camp review

Lovely people, average sightings(time of year), great food, very nice accommodations

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Mr & Mrs T from Hampshire
Arrived on: 28-Feb-2012 Stayed for: 3 nights
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Tau Pan Camp review

A well managed camp with expansive views. We had an excellent guide and tracker and saw most of the animals available in that area. The staff were very helpful and friendly.

The basic amenities and sparsity of this and open style desert camp, and the exposure to all animals around the huts, took some time to acclimatise to.

Personally I was nervous in these surroundings when walking to and from our hut to the main building, others may find it exciting. Future guests might like to know that animals are able to roam throughout the camp, unlike other safari lodges I have visited that are fenced.

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Mr and Mrs B - Wiltshire
Arrived on: 28-Feb-2012 Stayed for: 3 nights
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Tau Pan Camp review

Very well run and delightful staff

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Ms A from Nashville
Arrived on: 3-Jan-2012 Stayed for: 2 nights
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Tau Pan Camp review

We loved the completely different terrain here. This camp is new and very nice. The common areas and rooms are spacious and have amazing views. The food and staff are all great.

We also enjoyed our fellow guests here the most. VERY friendly people visit this camp. I think this is the hottest place on earth that I have ever been. The only recommendation is for a room fan. HOT. ( 38C/100F )

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Mr & Mrs E from Glasgow
Arrived on: 30-Dec-2011 Stayed for: 3 nights
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Worth a visit just for that Kalahari sky

The Kalahari has such an allure that we felt we had to pay a visit one day. Kwando setting up Tau Pan was key to that given how much we've enjoyed their camps elsewhere previously. The camp sits on a ridge overlooking Tau Pan itself in the distance underneath that huge Kalahari sky - reason enough to go in itself particularly at night. Camp staff very friendly and there was a lovely relaxed atmosphere.

The rooms are very nice and spotlessly clean but do get rather hot with the ceiling fans pretty ineffective. Food generally ok but given how remote the camp is with monthly supply runs I think the kitchen staff do remarkably well. Guiding was good with bonus that we had a San tracker whose knowledge of the Kalahari bush was oustanding. His bush walk was a particular highlight.

Game a bit sparse compared to the more familiar safari destinations but we expected that and enjoyed seeing the Kalahari "specials" whilst still getting great lion and cheetah sightings (no honey badger though - boo!). Highly recommended at the start or end of a Botswana safari for 2-3 nights to compliment the main Okavango/Chobe areas.

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Mr & Mrs W from Chorley
Arrived on: 17-Nov-2011 Stayed for: 3 nights
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Tau Pan Camp review

All the staff from the manager downwards were so polite, courteous and gracious.

It was a sheer delight to end our holiday at this camp.

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