Tau Pan in a Nutshell

 “Tau” means lion in the local national language. Rather fitting for a place where you have a high chance of an encounter with a “Kalahari” lion. Tau Pan was the first of only two lodges to be built inside the Central Kalahari Game Reserve. The location is inspiring, as the lodge sits on top of an ancient sand dune, overlooking  the well-known “Tau Pan’ (a pan is a depression that can hold water). The thatched buildings provide a cool retreat from desert temperatures and the activities here are focused around game drives, looking for desert adapted animals.


Fast Facts

  • 8 tatched chalets (1 is a family unit)
  • 16 guests Maximum
  • Price range from USD545 pppn
  • In the heart of the Central Kalahari GR
  • Swimming pool with a view!
  • Game drives in open 4×4 vehicles
  • Cultural walks with bushmen
  • Access by road or light aircraft
  • Private waterhole in front of the lodge


How to Get There

You can fly into the Tau Pan from any bush airstrip . We like this camp because it is also accessible by road on a self drive safari or as part of your itinerary on a mobile safari.


Game Viewing and Activities

The activities on offer here are game drives and cultural activities with Bushmen. This lodge is inside the Central Kalahari Game Reserve, so strict park rules prevent night drives. The park however, offers something special for visitors and it is one of the most sought after destinations for dramatic sightings and true wilderness. You can sometimes drive for hours in this park without seeing another vehicle.

The lodge employs some Bushmen that originate from the park. Walks are led though the surrounding desert as the Bushmen explain and demonstrate how their families survived in such a harsh environment – long before tourists came.

The best time to visit this lodge (and most other desert camps) is during the wet season (December to March).

Game viewing from the lodge itself is also productive as they pump a private waterhole in front of camp.


Camp Environment

This camp has spacious chalets with thatched roofs to help keep them cool. All the rooms and the main area are raised off the ground for the same purpose. The main area has an expansive wooden deck with a welcome swimming pool. The views are stunning from the top of a dune crest looking down to the lodge’s waterhole.

Tau Pan is owned by Kwando Safaris and is one of a portfolio of well located lodges owned by the same group. You can therefore pick up good discounts when combining with other related Camps on their safari circuit.



Lodges to combine with Tau Pan Camp