Reviews of Tau Pan Camp
They do not necessarily represent the views of Expert Africa.
Green Season at Tau Pan
We chose to visit Tau Pan during the end of the autumn rains to experience the Kalahari in full foliage before the dispersal of migratory birds and antelope. Our guide (Roggers) and tracker (Vota) responded well to our more general interest in natural history with a comprehensive overview of the surrounding environment and its various inhabitants. We could not have been more pleased with what we saw and experienced.
As we later experienced at other Kwando facilities, Tau Pan Camp was luxurious and comfortable with many helpful and friendly staff members.
See comments by Ms I. from North Berwick for additional details on our shared vacation.
Expert Africa comments
Tau Pan Camp review
This was a great start to our trip. The birders had a whale of a time spotting, I think, over 100 species in a couple of days.
I was very impressed with our guide, Roggers, and tracker Volte (spelling!). Roggers could not have been more attentive to my needs.
There was a fair bit of driving to see some of the wildlife but because my group were not preoccupied with the Big Five, we were able to put the journeys to good use spotting a wide variety of wild life and habitat on the journeys.
Botswana had fortunately received large amounts of rain and the Kalahari was in full bloom and beautiful. Tau Pan in the CKGR is a wonderful, unique location with great guides and superb service. Our guide Vasco was fantastic, typical of Kwando Safaris. Game viewing in the pans was good, though don't expect wildlife numbers like the delta. The only detail to be aware of is the day trip to Deception Valley is a long, long day and it may not be necessary to do the entire trip.Read more about the whole safari
A problematical visit
Tau Pan was our least favorite camp;. Having $100 stolen out of our wallets while they were locked in a "safe" was bad but there were other aspects of our experience that were disappointing.
The facilities need minor maintenance--leaking faucets, broken toilet seat, sporadic electricity, etc. The managers and staff were disengaged but not unfriendly. Our first guide was pretty bad but to the camp's credit, when we asked for a new guide they provided a fine one. The wildlife at Tau Pan included lions and python but not a heck of a lot else.
The sunsets, though, were spectacular.
We are awaiting disposition of our report of the theft and expect to be reimbursed by Kwando Camps.
Expert Africa comments
When we shared these comments Kate the General Manager of Kwando Safaris, which runs Tau Pan, she was very responsive and conducted an investigation into the issues.
From what we understand the PIN-type safe model at Tau Pan was not working and the Camp Manager gave you a key to the safe. We are told this was the only key to the safe as this model is issued with a single key. Given this, Kwando Safaris is very sorry about your loss, but they were unable to reach a conclusion as to how your money was stolen.
The Tau Pan team appreciates your bringing the minor maintenance issues to their attention. These have now been fixed, but they are sorry that this was not done before your stay, as it should have been and will be monitoring the housekeeping more closely.
Lovely view and very large comfortable rooms with patio. Requests were dealt with promptly.
As we were in room 5 close to the reception, a little more screening from the side near the main building would have been good.
A good variety of activities and very personable staff. Jessica , MP ( the singing chef) and Scooper being the most memorable.
Also enjoyed sitting round the fire early morning and evening.
Tau Camp: a Jewel in the Kalahari
The camp was excellent without excessive luxury.
It was well-run and all the staff were extremely welcoming and efficient. Camp manager Jessica made it a joyful place to be. My guides, Vasco and Scoopa were excellent.
All the outings provided one or more points of interest.
Tau Pan and new vistas
The place was lovely and staff was wonderful.
The game drives, however, require you to drive for hours to see much in the way of animals. There is the occasional jackal and various antelope, but that is not much for hours of driving. And we were there at the end of their summer when the animals in the Pans should be more easily observed (or so we had read).
When we took the long drive to Deception Valley (only available in 8 hour full day drives) we did see the Kalahari lions which were amazing and some bat eared foxes (besides the various antelopes), but those long drives can challenge the spirit of a game seeker.
Tau Pan Camp review
Loved this camp. It was well run, friendly and beautifully located.
The only downside was the consultant who was employed by the company who had a super strong personality, talked over the top of the guides and staff and actually we just wished she would let the team do their thing.
The guide, Ishmael, the tracker, Scooper and the manager Jessica were all simply excellent.
Tau was wonderful
I am so happy you suggested Tau.
The bushman walk was great -- I did it twice
Tau Pan stay
Our stay at Tao Pan Camp was great. The temperatures were hotter than we expected that everything else exceeded our expectations.
We went for a full day trip, which ended up to be very long and very hot. In retrospect, it would have been a wiser choice to go for the regular morning and evening drives.