Kalahari Dreaming

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R250.00

This book is a whimsical anthology of those who were inspired by this desert, those who lived in its bitter confines and those who died in its dry embrace.

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For hundreds of years the vast territory of the Kalahari remained a blank on the map. Yet it gripped the imagination of poets, painters, writers, dreamers, adventurers and not a few charlatans. This book is a whimsical anthology of those who were inspired by this desert, those who lived in its bitter confines and those who died in its dry embrace.

Read about the travelers to Lake Ngami – Livingstone, William Cornwallis Harris, Anderssen the Swede and Frederick Lugard. Follow in the footsteps of the hunters – James Chapman, Jan Viljoen, Fred and Hal Barber. Shed a tear for the calamitous Dorsland Trek. Learn the truth about the Lost City;  how Cecil Rhodes established a white settlement at Ghanzi and how a professor planned to divert mighty rivers to flood the desert. Meet the Robin Hood of the Desert and learn why Laurens van der Post’s biographer called him the “master fabricator”.

1 review for Kalahari Dreaming

  1. Happy Traveler

    Some years back, A Happy Traveler reviewed Kalahari Dreaming: The Romance of the Desert
    Surprise perspective of the desert!!

    What a unique and beautiful concept for a book! This little book is filled with beautiful poetry, history, facts, and reminiscences about visiting or traversing this great desert of Africa. I was first introduced to musings and fascination about the Kalahari Desert when I saw the video of the Cry of the Kalahari by Mark and Delia Owens. I had just been traveling in Death Valley and Joshua Tree, California, when I got this book, so deserts were on my mind vividly. And we are all conscious of the terrifying heating of our planet and the future water shortage. But this book will make you see deserts in a new, romantic and also practical way and learn a lot about them from the world’s foremost pioneers, trekkers, historian, poets, and authors who experienced the deserts and wrote about them so beautifully. The book also has many black and white photos. I highly recommend it!

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