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Tau Pan Lodge

Tau Pan was the first camp in the Central Kalahari Game Reserve and to this day remains one of just two inside the reserve.


Near Tau Pan, in the north of Central Kalahari Game Reserve

Accommodation Type

Safari Lodge

Accommodation Level

Mid-rangeOverall good quality. This is a wide category, but you can expect a comfortable stay.

Price Guide


Tau Pan

Tau Pan was the first camp in the Central Kalahari Game Reserve and to this day remains one of just two inside the reserve. It is built on the edge of an ancient sand dune in an unspoilt wilderness area and has wonderful views of the sweeping Kalahari plains and huge skies, as well as of the nearby waterhole. This is luxury in the desert.

The 9 suites have indoor sitting areas and screened doors opening out onto private decks. All are en-suite, with flush toilet, his and hers basins and indoor and outdoor showers. There is a larger family suite. At the heart of the camp are the dining room, lounge and library. This building is open to the front, so you’ll see those superb views when you’re dining and relaxing in camp. The building leads out to a huge viewing deck where the firepit is located, the preferred venue for breakfast and pre- and post-dinner drinks. At one end of the deck is the plunge pool with a handful of loungers, and the gift shop.

The Central Kalahari Game Reserve (CKGR), the largest game reserve in the world, is rich in wildlife including lion, Kalahari black-maned lion, leopard, cheetah and jackal. You can venture out in 4×4 vehicles by day and night with a tracker and guide. The land here is largely flat with bush and grass covered sand dunes. In the dry season, May to September, resident species congregate round known water sources. The rains fall from late November to March at which time the landscape is covered in sweet grasses and flowers which attract large numbers of migratory species. This is the best time to come as it’s cooler and the wildlife is at its best. Nature walks with Bushman trackers are a fascinating glimpse into this ancient culture. You’ll learn some of the secrets of their continued survival in this apparently hostile world.

Tau Pan Highlights

  • Stunning Kalahari desert location
  • Luxury suites
  • Day and night game drives in the CKGR
  • Insightful walks with Bushman trackers
  • Breath-taking views

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Tau Pan location

Tau pan

Tau Pan


  • 9 suites including a larger family suite
  • Year round apart from July
  • Children aged 6-12 years are welcome at any time of year with younger children welcome between April and October.
    Families with children under 12 need to book a private safari vehicle.


  • Lounge
  • Library
  • Dining room
  • Viewing deck and firepit
  • Gift shop
  • Plunge pool
  • Laundry service


  • Game drives
  • Day trips to Deception Valley, Sunday, Piper and Passarge Pans
  • Bush brunches on Tau Pan
  • Nature walks with San Bushman
  • Star gazing using the camp’s telescope

The suites at Tau Pan are very stylish, with large comfy beds, leather easy chairs and patterned textiles, all creating a homely ambience.


  • Sitting area
  • Private viewing deck
  • En-suite bathroom with indoor and outdoor showers

Tuskwana the Elephant is your guide to choosing acommodation that make a difference to their community or environment. And you can click him for our TRAVEL + PROTECT page.

Tuskwana the Elephant likes this because…

Kwando Safaris is 100% Botswana citizen owned. 98% of Kwando’s staff are Botswana citizens and in camp it’s 100%. Kwando actively support local grass roots projects these include Lady Khama Charitable Trust, Kwando’s Bucket Project where a bucket filled with essential household items are donated to households on the rural outskirts of Maun. They are also lead sponsors of local initiative Mummy’s Angels, supporting and empowering mothers and newborns who do not have financial or family support. Kwando matches any donations its clients make to the Lady Khama Charitable Trust and to Mummy’s Angel’s thus doubling the impact of each donation.

And don’t forget … for every booking we take, Botswana Specialists (which is part of Tribes Travel) plants trees in deforested areas of Africa through The Travel Forest, and we also back The Tribes Foundation’s conservation and social projects.

You can click on Tuskwana to read more about our TRAVEL + PROTECT initiatives on our Tribes website, including ways you can help with our ongoing projects.


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