Long before motorised transport the camels were used in the Kalahari as patrol ,transport as they were strong , big , tough mean and bad mannered.The KGP staff used them inside the PARK and Police used them all over in the Kalahari and other arid areas.The names of of the first camels were Tiny , Tinker and Kaputa.Eventually when motorised transport became more freely available the camels became redundant and those used in the KGP were then kept and looked after until their natural end.Today many people criticise the way things were done many years ago, but this is another example of how nature and its inhabitants were taken care of by the old timers.The Kgalagadi TFP is today what is what made of by the le Riche family and their staff .The camels were not just abandoned , they were taken care of.The prominent members of the le Riche family in the Kgalagadi history were : Johannes (who died of malaria), the first warden , then oom Joep his successor , followed by his eldest son Stoffel and then Elias . Years later I met Klein Joep at Melkvlei ( he was the son of Elias in NOSSOB on the bicycle mentioned by me earlier.). Of the other staff members whose names I can recall are (unfortunately I do not have all their surnames ) Gert Jannewarie who died of malaria soon after the death of Johannes le Riche ,Gert Mouton,Malgas who made the bricks for the first brick buildings in the KGP.Jan Jannewarie,Jan Julie,Andries du Pont,Agarop,Makai ,Regopstaan,Damap and Tokkelos who could run down a Cheetah.Some others were Willem de Waal and later Hendrik , Andries , Frans and the legendary Vetpiet (one of the best trackers In the KGP history) Vet meaning fat , this did not refer to his posture but because he loved fat. The above is for maybe another few posts one day.
I participate because I care - CUSTOS NATURAE
Convenor of the AIKONA Group.
No to Hotels in and commercialization of our National Parks.
Done 142 visits to National Parks.
What a wonderful privilege.