Vast skies and incredible views over the Tau Pan in the Central Kalahari Game Reserve, make Kwando Tau Pan an ideal place to get right away from it all and appreciate the stark desert beauty of central Botswana. The first semi-permanent camp built inside the reserve, it is designed on environmentally sensitive principles and is 100% solar-operated, with a permanent waterhole that attracts lion, oryx and more for excellent game viewing from the camp. Game drives with Kwando’s renowned guides and trackers, nature walks with Bushman trackers and day trips to notable features such as Deception Valley, combine with friendly hospitality for a memorable Kalahari experience.

Nine spacious thatched suites are specially designed to cope with the desert climate in an eco-friendly way, with high ceilings, a shaded private verandah with loungers, and wide doors opening on to it so that you get 180 degree views from the very comfortable big bed. Leather armchairs and ottomans provide a relaxed reading nook and the large en-suite bathroom is beautifully set out with both indoor and outdoor showers, flush toilet and double vanities.

Game may be less abundant than the lush Okavango Delta, but the sightings are all the more thrilling, with plenty of resident lions, bat-eared foxes, leopard and other predators. The green season between December and May brings migrating herds of plains game and birds, and in the dry season there are still amazing sightings, with the animals easier to spot. The serenity of this remote wilderness and the immense landscapes make drives and walks even more special, as the knowledgeable guides and trackers reveal the unsuspected secrets of the semi-desert eco-system. Drives remain on roads in this fragile and sensitive terrain within the reserve.

The welcoming staff create a family atmosphere where nothing is too much trouble, and delicious dinners are served at the communal table in the elegant thatched dining room or under the stars, with morning coffee served around the fire before the first drive and a lavish brunch on your return before relaxing beside the swimming pool. Tau Pan makes a perfect contrast to the Okavango Delta for the complete Botswana safari experience.