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Over Kwando Tau Pan
Gelegen in het Central Kalahari Game Reserve, was het Kwando Tau Pan het eerste safari-kamp dat hier is opgebouwd. In dit kamp is veel aandacht besteed aan het gebruik van natuurlijke materialen en alles werkt op zonne-energie. Er zijn negen nette ingerichte kamers, waar veel natuurlijke kleuren zijn gebruikt. Naast het maken van een game drive en een wandelsafari, kunt u hier ook 's avonds sterren kijken. Het kamp kijkt uit op een permanente waterpoel, wat altijd veel wild aantrekt. De maaltijden, lokale drankjes en safari-activiteiten zijn inbegrepen. Het altijd vriendelijke personeel zorgt ervoor dat u zich hier helemaal thuis voelt.
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Net ingerichte kamers en badkamer met douche.
Gelegen in het Central Kalahari Game Reserve in Botswana.
• Game drives
Vanuit Maun bezoekt u Kalahari Desert. Een gebied waar vroeger nog voornamelijk bosjesmannen woonden, is langzamerhand overgenomen door Afrikaans wild. Het reservaat bestaat uit oude rivierbeddingen, open vlaktes en zoutpannen. Met name in het noordelijke gedeelte van het reservaat vindt u wilde dieren. Ze zijn hier nog niet zo gewend aan veel voertuigen en daardoor nog redelijk schuw.
Interessante dieren die hier leven zijn: leeuwen, hyena's, luipaarden, cheeta's, giraffen, gemsbokken, springbokken en jakhalzen.
"Fantastic views, exhilarating visit"
Great location with wonderful cottages. Food was excellent and the staff friendly and knowledgeable. Watching the waterhole from the balcony was a lovely way to pass many happy hours. The bush walk with San guides was a highlight. I would also recommend an all day trip to Decption Valley, a long day but gave us a good feel for the Kalhari desert.
Leopards walking through camp during the night. A view that goes on forever. Stars that you can almost touch. A wonderful staff. Food-stealing baboons. Amazing accomodations. Amazing food unstolen by the baboons. Just the best.
"Friendly and Welcoming"
This was our first safari camp--ever--and it was a wonderful introduction. The staff were friendly and helpful. Of our 3 camps, this one seemed most like a family. Before dinner, it seemed like nearly the entire camp (and not just the servers) came out and sang/dancedâ€”they seemed to really enjoy singing. This camp was more compact than the others we stayed in--I think that this was good as this promoted more interactions with staff and other guests. Our guide, Matt, and tracker Scoopa were both wonderful. They were great at finding and identifying things, and patient/informative with answering questions. We enjoyed the Bushman walk with Scoopa and his wife as well. Our rooms were comfortable and clean. I wasn't sure how I would do with the heat (close to 100 in the shade!) and no A/C--but we did OK. Temperatures were fine on the drives, and we took it easy during the heat of the day. The meals were tasty--we appreciated having lots of fruits and vegetables and salads. We really like starting the morning with porridge and coffee/tea and sitting around the fire before the first game drive. Being the desert, we didn't have "as many" sightings as in the delta, but we saw plenty of animals--and birds! Some of the highlights: seeing the entire Tau Pan pride at the watering hole (and having them walk within feet of our Land Rover)â€”seeing a honey badger trotting along with a puff adder in its mouth and being dive-bombed by 2 eagles trying to steal the mealâ€”being awakened at 3am on our first night in the bush by a lion roaring/huffing.
This is my second trip to the Kalahari, having been drawn back by its strange charm and knack for making safari goers work extra hard for more rewarding sightings. The accommodation is set on a little elevation in the plains, overlooking a permanent waterhole approximately 200m from the lodge, which in my time there, saw a steady stream of ungulates. There may have been reduced activity owing to a three week old carcass of a brown hyena just by the water hole. The camp mirrors the lodge at Nxai Pan, although the rooms and main dining area are scaled down, which actually makes it more intimate an experience. The staff are warm and hospitable, and as the Kwando brochure promises, are always at your beck and call. The walk to the rooms can be challenging as you walk in the Kalahari sand. Having learnt from previous trips open toed sandals will be ideal to prevent sandy shoes. I noted lion paw prints on the sand in the mornings, and it is apparently not that uncommon for guides to see lions and leopards on the pathway during their morning wake up call routine. If mobility is an issue especially with walking in the sand, it is advisable to get a room nearer the main area. The rains never arrived this year, despite it being late February. There was purportedly no rain at all, although during my two nights there there were thunderstorms at the distance towards the North-Eastern direction. The game viewing as such did dwindle a little, although we still saw lions and a variety of hoofstock. Desert dwelling specialists were hard to find, most of them being nocturnal, but we did see Bat Eared Foxes in a distance, Honey Badgers as well as Cape Foxes. The elusive Brown Hyena is rare to spot, mostly at the fringes of the night before dawn. The CKGR being so large hosts a great variety and number of game. The animals are definitely out there - but viewing them is always challenging. I've heard of greater times when the rains actually do fall and the area surrounding Tau Pan flourishes to a paradise. Having read the other reviews here it does seem like even with these dry conditions fantastic game viewing is still possible, although with most safaris it really is the luck of the draw, and even more so because it is the Kalahari. Day trips to Passarge Pan and Deception Valley are possible - we did both in a single trip which was arduously long but extremely pleasant. It does seem like I'll need to revisit this park again in the future, hopefully with better rains then!
Tau Pan Camp is in the Kalahari in Botswana. We formed a group of 15 friends and stayed at Tau Pan Camp from 5 -8 January 2018. We then spent 3 nights at Kwara Camp in the Okavango Delta, and a further 3 nights at Lagoon Camp north of the Delta near the Namibian border. All three camps are owned and operated by Kwando safaris, who own a further 3 camps in northern Botswana. The standard of service, accommodation, dining and game drives at the camps is excellent. The care, knowledge and kindness of the staff is also excellent. The arrangements for and organisation of our 9 nights with Kwando, plus 2 nights pre-safari at Planet Baobab, Botswana and 2 nights post-safari at Chundukwa Lodge on the Zambia side of the mighty Zambesi close to Victoria Falls, were brilliantly handled by Andrew Beckett of Journey Into Africa - check their website - and everything went seamlessly without a hitch. I am much travelled and this holiday is up amongst the very best, if not the best, I have experienced. If your holiday interests include African wildlife in a safe and secure environment, then consider Botswana, and if you do then Kwando Camps are strongly recommended. Everything is five star and the same can be said for Andrew Beckett's organisation - all strongly recommended.
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