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Kgalagadi books

Unread post by Nina! » Fri Mar 19, 2010 1:31 pm

I am looking for books about the Kgalagadi National Park.
Can anyone recommend one?
I have some really good books about Kruger, like e.g.
The Getaway Guide to Kruger
Prime Origins: Exploring Kruger
Prime Origins: Best Birding in Kruger
and would like to have something similar for the Kgalagadi to prepare our trip next year.
The "normal" bookshops and online shops don't seem to have what I am looking for.
Thank you in advance for your advice.

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Re: Kgalagadi books

Unread post by Imberbe » Fri Mar 19, 2010 1:37 pm

There is an excellent book about the Kgalagadi called:

The Kalahari: Survival in a thirstland wilderness.
Struik Publishers
Michael Knight and Peter Joyce
Nigel Dennis
1997 / 2003
ISBN 9781868720194

It is a background book concentrating on the history and ecology of the region and the park, rather than a map book, giving tourist information.

Excellent and worth a second read.
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Re: Kgalagadi books

Unread post by nijlpaard » Fri Mar 19, 2010 3:28 pm

There is a book KGALAGADI TRANSFONTIER PARK Author : Peter Derichs

ISBN : 9780620271691; 0620271698
Details : Softcover, 88 pages, A5, 2007
ISBN13 / Barcode : 9780620271691

This is a very detailed, easy to use, guide to the Kgalagadi Transfrontier Park. Each page has a map that corresponds to the photos and information provided, detailing distances from one point of interest to the next. It has 72 full colour photographs that cover all the main water holes and points of interest in the Park.
Each photo has a full description of the meaning of the place name, quality of the water, depth of the borehole, GPS position, any applicable geological formations, plus identification of trees and shrubs as well as a description of any historical events that happened there. A further 59 full colour photos give a concise description of the most common animals, trees, flowers and birds found in the Park. There is also a checklist of the most common mammals and birds. This guide makes it possible for the whole family to participate in a journey of discovery that will reveal unknown facets of this very special Park.

This book is available at shop in Twee Riveren or online at for +/- R 150.00. The same authhor released a similar book on the Kruger a while ago it was advetrised in the Wild Card newsletter.

I bought the book at TR and really found it informative.

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Re: Kgalagadi books

Unread post by GavinW » Sun Mar 21, 2010 8:14 am

I am almost sure that there is a Getaway guide to the Northern Cape which includes the Kalahari
See our trip reports:

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Re: Kgalagadi books

Unread post by Bentony » Tue Mar 23, 2010 10:20 am

THere was a novel printed recently about the farmers on the Aroub river in the 1930s. I was driving in the car and could not write down the details. Does anyone know anything about this? I am facinated by these hardy farmers but can never find any info on them. Can anyone help?

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Re: Kgalagadi books

Unread post by Jenniferfaz » Fri Feb 05, 2016 1:29 pm

I saw a book entitled ‘Through the Kalahari Desert’ by Farini – it’s about his 1885 expedition up the Nossob Riverbed when he 'discovered’ the remains of an old civilization located about six days’ trek to the east of Kij Kij borehole.

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