In 1949, South African explorer and conservationist, Laurens van der Post (1906 –1996), was summoned to Whitehall. He was told that in old British Central Africa there were two large tracts of country that London didn't really know anything about, and could he please go in there on foot and take a look?
Venture to the Interior is the account of that journey; a journey filled with adventure and discovery, flying from London across Europe and Africa, and after days in small aircraft, on foot across the mountains to the two lost worlds of central Africa.
The book became an immediate best-seller in the US and Europe on its publication in 1952
“An outstanding book... I rank Laurens van der Post with the best writers of English... This book confirms my constant admiration and the nobility of his mind” - Raymond Mortimer, Sunday Times
“Inspired... Some of the poetic descriptions of the scenery are most beautiful and fill me with envy. The book is magnificent” - Stephen Spender