Pure pan pleasure
The circular route through the north of the CKGR is about 230 km long and takes you to all the big pans. (Add another 60 km if you also want to see Piper Pan.) You can drive the route in a day, but why would you? Rather stay at the campsites along the way.
From Kori, I head south to Deception Pan. The pans in the CKGR don’t have the characteristic white salt layer of the Makgadikgadi, which means they dry quicker. They should be safe to drive on a week after a heavy downpour, but be careful. At Deception Pan you can follow a trail around the edge of the pan – if the soil looks wet, steer clear. I spot muddy tracks and evidence of rocks and branches
Keep in mind that places in the CKGR are far apart. The roads also take a very long time to drive. On average, my travelling speed was 30 km/h. Road conditions change regularly. When you arrive at the gate, get the latest info.