Botswana's vast and unspoilt Central Kalahari Game Reserve is one of the largest and least-visited conservation areas in the world - it's also home to the beautiful Tau Pan Camp, overlooking a permanent waterhole providing the ideal base from which to gain a once-in-a-lifetime Kalahari experience. Explore the reserve on 4x4 game drives or on guided bush walks with the San Bushmen who will teach you the finer details of survival in this hugely rewarding environment.
Tau Pan Camp has nine custom-built rooms, all of which sit under a thatched roof and are raised on elevated platforms with an extended viewing deck offering truly incredible views of the famous Tau Pan, recognised for its stark beauty and remoteness. Each unit features a sitting area, an en suite bathroom with dual vanities, and an outdoor shower for those hot Kalahari afternoons. Solar power is used for the generation of electricity, heating of water and pumping of water from deep under the Kalahari sands. Tau Pan's large communal thatched hut has a spacious lounge area that flows into the dining area, and both rooms lead out onto a wooden terrace which houses the swimming pool, an open-air boma, and several loungers to relax on in between safari activities.
A year-round destination, the best time to go to the Kalahari is between early December and April when the warm summer rains rejuvenate the region: many antelope species give birth, flocks of migrant birds arrive and the Kalahari predators - lion, cheetah, wild dog, brown hyena, jackal and leopard - are in their element. Activities offered at Tau Pan are game drives, day trips to the well-known Deception Valley, Sunday, Piper and Passarge Pans, star gazing, bush brunches on Tau Pan, and nature walks with Bushman trackers.
From $575 per person sharing