Pure pan plea­sure

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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.

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