Tau Pan Camp

Reviews of Tau Pan Camp

Excellent(95%) From 66 travellers
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Below are independent comments from 66 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 S from Harrow
Arrived on: 28-Apr-2018 Stayed for: 3 nights
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Tau Pan Camp review

Great game viewing - lions especially. Excellent tracker - Scooper. Shame about the gang of noisy Americans - we had to ask to be moved to another vehicle. Kwando need to get on top of this. All staff, except the vanishing manager, very good and attentive. Our third visit and we will go back again.

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Mrs S. from Enfield
Arrived on: 24-Mar-2018 Stayed for: 3 nights
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Great experience of Kalahari

A great setting with many interesting species to see - particular favourites - the bat-eared foxes and a cheetah.
Guide (Alex) was very knowledgeable and excellent at getting quickly to interesting sightings as events developed - but perhaps a little quiet. Our tracker, G, was very sharp and keen to share his knowledge of the bush/animal behaviour.

Our only issue was being told that a morning game drive would finish early as we had to take two guests to the airstrip. We have never experienced having a game drive interrupted in this way. (We were told no other vehicles were available.) We said we were not happy with this and the guide suggested we could make up the time after the drop off, which we accepted. So the issue was resolved. Fortunately it did not interrupt a particularly special wildlife encounter, but had it done so this would have been totally unacceptable - also see comments later.

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Mr & Mrs U from Guildford
Arrived on: 14-Mar-2018 Stayed for: 2 nights
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Diamonds in the sky

Very friendly camp. Accommodation and location excellent. Game drives enjoyable, knowledgeable guides. Having a local tracker an added bonus.

Lions not in town but did see Cheetah and Giraffe, but not too disappointed as saw plenty of varied antelope and many interesting small mammals. Teeming with bird life. Night skies were awesome - have never seen so many stars!

Very enjoyable stay. Would recommend.

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Mr H. from
Arrived on: 3-Mar-2018 Stayed for: 2 nights
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Tau Pan Camp review

as described before. [ Ed: This traveller's review of their whole trip is written under Camp Kalahari - it is:

"We visited Camp Kalahari, Tau Pan Camp, Sable Alley, Chief´s Camp within 9 days during raining season. The trip as a whole was great and most impressive. Our Group consist of 3 men and 3 women from 56 to 80 years old. The air transport was excellent and even so the Chance to store additional luggage in Maun.

The sequence of different locations was a symbol for rising attraction, comfort, number and variety of animals. In Camp Kalahari we met a family of native bushmen (about 25 people, young and old) who introduced us for more than 2 hours into their way of life. Now we can make fire without matches and lighters, we can hunt with bow and arrow, we will find plants with water in their roots and so on. It was a fundamental experience and we are still deeply impressed.

Then we saw many Lions with their cubs, we saw many Leopards, Cheetahs and impressive big Elephants not only at the horizon but often in almost touching distance,

We will never forget excellent Food and Red wine and last but not least we remember the friendliness of all people. Before landing at home we started already collecting money for our next visit in Botswana.

Thanks a lot, it was a great time.
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Mr & Mrs T - Chesterfield
Arrived on: 22-Feb-2018 Stayed for: 4 nights
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Tau Pan Camp review

A wonderful camp in the perfect location.

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Mrs I. from Clitheroe
Arrived on: 11-Feb-2018 Stayed for: 3 nights
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Tau Pan Camp review

We thoroughly enjoyed Tau Pan, especially as the difference in surroundings to Nxai Pan was significant.

We noticed how many other guests had little idea of it being a desert environment and thus were surprised at the infrequency of wildlife sightings. The sightings there are were spectacular however. The people are stellar from guides to management to kitchen.

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Ms M from London
Arrived on: 21-Jan-2018 Stayed for: 2 nights
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Kalahari. Dry

All the camps in Botswana where dry, they had very little rain so far.

This camp the guide tried very hard to find wild life but hard because of dryness.

Nice room, a bit hot. All camps had great beds. All you had to take any electrical devices to central office to charge.

Pleasant staff nice outside evening fire.

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Mr. Elliot G
Arrived on: 19-Dec-2017 Stayed for: 3 nights
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Tau Pan Camp review

Tau Pan was the second of two camps we visited in Botswana and really exceeded my expectations! We came from a camp in the Delta, and because Tau Pan is a more permanent structure the rooms and facilities are a bit nicer. Lodging is very spacious and the views from the front deck are incredible. The food was very good, and the staff was exceptional. On our last night they performed a wonderful number of songs and dances that really made our visit special.

We had a similarly positive experience with our guide (Matt) and tracker (G) -- both were experts and gave us a great safari experience. You can't off-road in Tau Pan, so game drives are a bit more of a patient waiting game, but in some ways that made it even more exciting to see game. Thanks to Matt's great guiding, we had near daily encounters with a pack of three cheetahs and a beautiful black-maned lion, as well as many other great sightings.

Another highlight is the bushman's walk, led by local San bushmen who also work at Tau Pan as trackers. If you visit, this should not be missed. The hunting and survival tactics the bushmen showed us were incredible to witness, and a really special treat in addition to the game drives.

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Mr & Mrs H - Surrey
Arrived on: 21-May-2017 Stayed for: 3 nights
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Contrasting experience at Tau Pan

We enjoyed the very different conditions here, particularly the bush walk with Scoupe, which was both informative and amusingly put over.

We were, however, not very impressed with Matt, our guide, who spent much of the time on the drives talking to Scoupe and some of the more interesting spotting was done by the guests on the vehicle. We were confirmed in our view by the fact the driver and guide who took us to the air strip on the last morning gave us comparatively considerably more information during a drive of under an hour.

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Mrs H. from Bedford
Arrived on: 21-Apr-2017 Stayed for: 3 nights
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Tau Pan Camp review

This was an attractive and comfortable camp. The staff were all extremely welcoming, friendly, helpful and keen to ensure that we had the best possible stay with them. The food was very good.
Our guide Obza and tracker Scoopa were both excellent. Obza looked after us extremely well throughout our stay. He and Scooper were very knowledgeable and worked together to ensure that we had many wonderful wildlife encounters. We saw a large number of animals, birds, and reptiles. The Kalahari area was a very interesting contrast to the Delta and we enjoyed a whole day excursion to Deception Valley . We also enjoyed the time spent with Scoopa as he explained the traditional way of life of the bushmen.
This would not be a good place to stay in cold weather. We experienced an unusually cool and wet spell while we were at the camp, and found our room was not easy to draught-proof and the solar powered water heating system was not great. Nevertheless, a good place to stay.

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