Get to Know Deception Valley
Deception Valley boasts a plethora of oryx along with good predator populations: black-maned Kalahari lions and brown hyenas are the real highlights
Deception Valley, also known as the Letiahau Valley, is the best known and most accessible of the Central Kalahari Game Reserve’s four fossil river valleys.Conservationists Mark and Delia Owens put Deception Valley on the map with their book Cry of the Kalahari, which chronicled their time studying brown hyaenas in this fossil river valley between 1974 and 1981. At that time nobody ventured into the central Kalahari on safari. Now, 30 years later, Africa’s second-largest game reserve remains gloriously wild with only a couple of lodges and a handful of wilderness campsites catering to self-drive visitors.