Mods, if you do not mind, I’m going to post this under Arid Parks and not under “Wild projects” …simply because this is specifically relevant to the Kgalagadi, and not many people look at the “Wild Projects” section on the forum. If you however still feel you want to move, no problem!
Anybody who have stayed in the Kgalagadi wilderness camps, and did the trouble to chat to the tourist attendant, will realize that these guys actually have a very lonely existence while doing service in the camps…and I suppose that is one reason why the staff turnaround of these camps are so high.
They are not allowed to have their families with them, they do not have tv’s or radios as a bit of entertainment, and the visitors to these camps are normally people who do so to “get away from it all” …will have a bit of a chat with the guy and then, rightful, enjoy the peace and quiet.
So these guys, after they have done their daily duties, have a lot of solitude time on their hand….I know for many of us that sounds like a dream existence, but suppose it will get somewhat boring in the end.
I have noticed many people bring them old newspapers or magazines…and would encourage others to do the same.
This however got me thinking about all our bookshelves filled with already read novels …my hubby finish a book every 3 weeks.
Sure, you can go and sell them for something like R5 each to a second-hand bookshop, but maybe there is a more worthy cause for them….a library for the tourist attendants in the wilderness camps.
My suggestion is that all of us with books we no longer need, us ‘mites that are visiting the Kgalagadi to take the books to the park.
As I understand it, the guys from Grootkolk, Gharagab en Bitterpan all go past Nossob on their “off days”…or even go and stay there. The guys from Urikaruus and Kieliekrankie go to Twee Rivieren?
So for practical reason, there should possibly be a library in Nossob and one in Twee Rivieren, and these two can also swap out books if all the books at one have for example been read.
The thing is tho, you will have to get somebody at both camps who will be prepared to store and manage the lending out of the books…obviously want the books to be available to all the guys and not disappear?
What do you guys think about this idea?….Any ideas on how to put this in practice?…should this maybe become a project of the Virtual Honorary Rangers?