Tau Pan Camp

Reviews of Tau Pan Camp

Excellent(94%) From 58 travellers
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Below are independent comments from 58 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 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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Kathy from Tucson, AZ
Arrived on: 18-Mar-2017 Stayed for: 3 nights
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Awesome in spring time!

Loved the absolute remoteness of the site. And it was bursting with life in mid-March. Nice variety of game and birds.

Guides were very good, with lots of background information provided. Game drives were nice and long, and we headed out right at dawn.

Food was good, not great. Showers were weak. But, considering how remote we were, it was pretty darn comfortable.

All in all, a really great camp. I would return.

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Mr M. from Bow
Arrived on: 5-Mar-2017 Stayed for: 3 nights
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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.

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Expert Africa comments


Ms I. from North Berwick
Arrived on: 5-Mar-2017 Stayed for: 3 nights
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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.

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Mr L & Mrs O - Indiana
Arrived on: 15-Feb-2017 Stayed for: 3 nights
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Wonderful Kalahari

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.

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Mr G - Tennessee
Arrived on: 11-Dec-2016 Stayed for: 3 nights
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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.

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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.

Ms.rvp from harrow
Arrived on: 12-Jun-2016 Stayed for: 3 nights
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Great Location

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.

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Ms. G - London
Arrived on: 3-Jun-2016 Stayed for: 3 nights
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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.

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Mr R. from Hoboken
Arrived on: 12-Mar-2016 Stayed for: 3 nights
Overall:
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Location:
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Rooms:
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Service:
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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.

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