Fortunate enough to obtain near exclusive rights to the building of a permanent wild property on the Klahari Reserve, Kwando Safaris has established in Tau Pan a camp that is both luxurious and beautifully designed.
Opened in March 2009, the camp is situated on the edge of Tau Pan, and is within reach of Deception Valley. Good during the dry season (for those interested in desert specialists like the black maned lion and the brown hyena), it is fantastically placed for the wet season, when animals migrate in their thousands from the Okavango.
Overlooking a permanent waterhole, Tau Pan's shared area is a thatched and well balanced lodge, which houses the dining room and lounge. At the time of writing, there are plans for a library, swimming pool and shop. Dominated by a large game viewing deck, it is the focal point of Tau Pan, and provides its guests with an area that, at night, is fire lit and wonderfully welcoming.
There are nine thatched rooms. One is purpose built for a four person family, and the other eight are twin/double units. While the designs are ostensibly European, the parts that make up the whole are African, and the solid walls provide warmth at night and a cool retreat during the day. Each room is open plan, possesses a large four poster bed, a fan, an outdoor and indoor shower, a private deck, and is large enough to accommodate a small seating area. The decor is simple and thoughtful.
Game drives are the norm here, as are San guided educational walks.
Please note: under 6 year olds are welcome, but only if the camp has been exclusively booked. Up to two children under the age of 12 sharing the family room are eligible for a discount.
Minimising the footprint of your wildlife experience
Kwando Safaris camps are pioneering the comprehensive use of eco friendly power, hot water generation and waste water treatment.
Solar Power and Water Heating
In a land blessed with an abundance of sun, the natural option for generating power and heating water must lie in solar technology. The massive developments in such technology have provided us with ideal solar power solutions for our camps.
Kwando Safaris camps are located in environmentally sensitive areas and to ensure that the camps cause minimal impact on their surroundings, the company has invested in highly efficient solar generating equipment to operate the entire camp. All electrical appliances used in the camps are energy saving products - from light bulbs to fans and ice machines. Protecting the environment need not mean going without those all important comforts while on safari!
Waste Water Treatment
All waste water in Kwando Safaris camps is treated using above ground state-of-the-art sewerage treatment plants. This ensures that there is no cross contamination of the soils or ground water through discharge of grey or black water. The fully treated end product is eventually returned to the ground.
Intelligent design compliments the use of environmentally friendly energy generation. The use of insulated walling (where applicable) and thatch within the design of the camps avoids the need for cooling systems which use a large amount of power. Insulation and thatch provide a comfortable interior temperature regardless of the extremes of heat and cold which are characteristic of our desert areas. Insulated cladding for hot water geysers and piping greatly increases the efficiency of the hot water systems by reducing heat loss from the system overnight, especially during the colder months of the year.
Kwando Safaris is a solely citizen-owned company and takes its employment and empowerment policies very seriously. All of Kwando Safaris’ operations, including the sales and reservations team, are based in Maun, the tourism capital of Botswana.
We try to offer careers, not just jobs, to all our staff. Many of our camp managers started off in junior positions, many of our guides started as trackers, and our receptionists as waiters or tent ladies. The company pay scales are at the top of the industry in Botswana and both merit and long service awards are made to our staff. The opportunities afforded talented and passionate citizens are widely sought after throughout the country.
As part of the company's social responsibility programme, Kwando Safaris supports the Lady Khama Charitable Trust (LKCT). The LKCT supports several charitable initiatives throughout the country and Kwando Safaris operates a 'matching' scheme for the benefit of the Trust and its associated charitable beneficiaries.
To find out more about Tau Pan Camp and to arrange your tailor-made trip, get in touch with us today.