Tau Pan Camp, Central Kalahari
The first permanent camp to open inside the Central Kalahari Game Reserve (CKGR) – and still one of only two within the reserve – Tau Pan sits on a low sand ridge with commanding views over the surrounding plains to Tau Pan itself, and beyond.
Tau Pan camp has comfortable accommodation in an area that offers some of Botswana’s best summer game viewing (December–May), with some species such as springbok and gemsbok not found in the Okavango or Kwando–Linyanti areas. We were impressed by the enthusiastic young team and really liked the layout of the camp, which has fabulous views over the surrounding landscape.
- Location: Central Kalahari Game Reserve, Botswana
- Ideal length of stay: Three nights at Tau Pan Camp is recommended during the green season (Dec–May), which – in contrast to the Okavango Delta – is the prime game-viewing season for the Central Kalahari Game Reserve. In the latter months of the dry season, however, when the experience is more about the wide open spaces of the Central Kalahari, we would recommend just a two-night stay.
- Directions: Access is usually by air. It is approximately a 40-minute light-aircraft flight from Maun Airport, then about a 10-minute drive between the airstrip and the camp.
- Accessible by: Self-drive or Fly-and-Transfer
Health & safety
- Malarial protection recommended: Yes
- Medical care: Camp managers are first-aid trained and a first-aid kit is kept at camp. In an emergency, the camp can arrange for clients to be flown out.
- Dangerous animals: High Risk
- Security measures: The camp is unfenced and dangerous wildlife is known to move through camp, so guests are escorted to their chalets after dark. A safety talk is given on arrival. Fog horns are provided in the chalets to alert attention in case of an emergency.
- Security measures: Guests are escorted to their chalets after dark in case of animals wandering through the camp.
- Fire safety: There are extinguishers in the common areas of the camp and in each chalet.
- Communications: There is no cellphone reception, no direct phone or fax and no email – this is the bush! Communication is maintained with head office in Maun via radio.
- TV & radio: Tau Pan Camp is in the bush and there is no TV or radio.
- Water supply: Borehole
- Water supply notes: All the tents have plumbed hot and cold running water for showers as well as flush loos. Guests are usually given a water bottle on arrival with filtered water, which they are encouraged to top up from the filtered supply in the camp’s main area. Each room is provided with glasses and a flask of drinking water, which is replenished daily. We don’t recommend that travellers drink from the tap.