Tau Pan Camp
Tau Pan Camp will be located inside the Central Kalahari Game Reserve (CKGR), a magical wilderness that is the second largest protected area in all of Africa (over 52,000 sq. km). With a very limited number of public campsites and now the establishment of just two small permanent Camps it remains one of the least visited as well. This is a place to experience solitude and to feel dwarfed by the expansive landscape that surrounds you.
For those with an appreciation of wilderness this vast emptiness can be soul stirring. The CKGR is the opposite of most areas in that the rains correspond with the ideal time for game viewing because the rains actually draw the animals together rather than disperse them. Typically from December to April the rains produce a wonderful bounty of sweet grasses on the pans and ancient river beds in the northern part of the reserve drawing together thousands of springbok and oryx along with many red hartebeest, eland, and blue wildebeest. Thunder storms can be violent and spectacular and rain is usually short lived. Predators within the CKGR tend to have enormous ranges and occur at low density but they also converge to take advantage of the congregations of herbivores. Due to the low density of other predators this is one of the strongholds for cheetah. As for lions the black-maned lions of the Kalahari have an almost mythical status. Lions here often run on the large size, in fact bordering on gigantic, but there is also a curiosity and supreme confidence that seems to go even beyond that of lions in other areas. Lions are sighted with regularity in the company of the herds during the rains and near the dwindling water sources in the dry season.
Once the rains halt the wildlife disperses far and wide across the CKGR making game viewing focus on the few remaining water resources and the sightings are sparse compared to most traditional safari areas. During this time, generally May through November the CKGR remains an intriguing place for visitors that can appreciate the pure wilderness of one of the largest protected areas on earth, and those with patience can be rewarded with amazing action at waterholes as well as discover interesting smaller creatures such as meerkats, bat-eared foxes, and leopard tortoises but there are likely to be some quiet hours where little wildlife is seen as well.
Tau Pan Camp is situated on the edge of Tau Pan, one of the most beautiful and wildlife rich areas of the CKGR. From here game drives are able to reach the famed Deception Valley as well, the location of the largest herbivore concentrations during the green season. Tau Pan Camp features 8 desert purpose structures that are thatched with solid insulated walls to stay cool in heat and warm in the cold. The camp operates on solar power with a generator as back up. All units have ceiling fans, outside showers and private viewing decks. The main area contains a viewing deck, lounge, dining area, library, curio shop, and pool. Activities focus on game drives in open 4 x 4 vehicles as well as game walks with bushmen learning their ancient skills. Unlike private concessions here you have park rules where you have to stay on road and there are no night drives.
- Outdoor shower
- Private viewing decks
Tau Pan Camp Reviews
G.B., traveled in March 2015
Comments: Scouper our San tracker at Tau Pan was incredible; and what an experience to go on a walk with him and learn the San ways from someone who lived them. Accommodation was completely terrific. Sightings included: multiple lion prides (one was 11 strong w/ 5 cubs), plus amazing birds, oryx, bat-eared foxes, kudus.
A.H., traveled in March 2015
Comments: The guide & tracker, the wildlife, the food was fantastic. Tau Pan was very hot and the accommodations could not cool down much, except to some degree at night. The units need fans which circulate faster. Guides were extremely well informed and were able to communicate with us well. The food was very, very good!
J.F., traveled in September 2014
Comments: Tau Pan guide and staff was the best.