The recently opened Tau Pan Camp is in the famous Central Kalahari Game Reserve, and is set on the edge of the beautiful Tau (Lion) Pan. The Kalahari Desert is the largest sand basin in the world, and stretches some 2 500 kilometres from the northern regions of South Africa through to Namibia and Angola, through to the Democratic Republic of Congo. The Reserve itself is the largest in the world, at 52 800 kilometres square. This is a largely flat terrain, interspersed with gentle valleys, sand dunes, and pans.
The camp enjoys some elevation on the sand ridge overlooking Tau Pan, which allows for some excellent views of the area. Accommodation is in 8 custom designed en suite tents, set under thatch. One unit has been set-aside for use by families.
The central camp area consists of the dining room, lounge and viewing deck. In addition there is a library, interpretative centre, and swimming pool.
Game drives are offered in the early morning and late afternoon, and you can also enjoy a guided walk – one of the best ways to get to know this fascinating region.
After the summer rains (usually November to March), the Park transforms – as they sky fill with clouds, and plains burst with sweet grasses, making this one of the best game viewing areas for the time of year, as migrants appear, such as springbok, plains zebra, and wildebeest in huge numbers. This also attracts the attendant predators, such as lion, cheetah leopard, hyena and jackal.
Birding is also excellent, and species include the kori bustard, black korhaan, ostrich, many species of sandgrouse, in addition there is a good variety of raptors, from the pale-chanting goshawk, the rock kestrel, along with bateleur, brown and tawny eagles.
The dry season (May-September) is also a wonderful time to visit the CKGR as the animals congregate close to any surface water and pans.