Tau Pan Camp

Reviews of Tau Pan Camp

Excellent(95%) From 71 travellers
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Below are independent comments from 71 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.
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 from USA
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 from 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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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 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


Mr L & Mrs O from 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 from 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.