Expert Reviews – Central Kalahari GR
Mark is a travel writer who grew up in Africa and has written over 700 titles for CNN Traveller, Travel Africa, BBC Wildlife and others.
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The pans and endless savanna of CKGR offer one of the best safari experiences in Africa!
This was my second Kalahari safari. On the first visit I had driven in from the north and concentrated my safari around Deception Pan. This was the area where the wonderful 'Cry of the Kalahari' (by Mark and Delia Owen) was written and it was a real privilege to see the Deception Valley pride, and to hear the big male roaring around our campfire at night. On this trip I made the full journey (with my father) from the south of the Kalahari, eventually all the way to the Okavango. The experience was one of the best journeys of any kind that I have ever made and we both agreed that we could happily have turned around at the northern boundaries and retraced our drive back to the south. Highlights were eating breakfast on the roof of our Defender among a herd of hundreds of gemsbok and perhaps a thousand springbok and camping in remote bushcamps (without another person in perhaps 50 miles) while – for 8 nights in a row – we had the Kalahari lions roaring around our camp.