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Kalahari 2009 diary



Welcome to the travel diary of our trip to the Southern Kalahari, in South Africa and Botswana, in March 2009.

Read the diary of my stay at the Kalahari Meerkat Project and of our trip to see the wildlife in Mabuasehube, Auob valley and !Xaus Lodge in Kgalagadi Transfrontier Park.

Please choose a one-per-day diary from the right-hand menu. The photos in the diary are also available in the pangolin gallery (click here). More photos will become available soon.


A text-only version of the diary is available for download here.



Books and links

A few related books I read before or during this trip:

Rupert Isaacson: The Healing Land - The Bushmen and the Kalahari Desert.
Rupert visits several families of bushmen across the Kalahari, to learn about their myths and healing trances, but also about their current struggles. Includes an account of the events that led to the Khomani/Mier landclaim, and !Xaus Lodge we visited.

Marjorie Shostak: Nisa - the life and words of a !Kung woman.
A book written 30 years ago, giving insight into the life of Nisa, in her own words with annotations of the anthropologist Shostak.

Noel van Rooyen: Flowering plants of the Kalahari dunes.
An excellent photo-based identification guide of many Kalahari plants and their flowers. Not available via Amazon, I bought it at Kalahari Supermarket in Askham.

Sigird Leger: The Hidden Gifts of Nature, A Description of Today’s Use of Plants in West Bushmanland (Namibia).
A book giving detailled descriptions of the usage of Kalahari plants by bushmen, including "recipes". The book is out of print, but it's content is available here.

Walter A. Kremnitz et al.: Kalahari - Aus dem Pflanzenreich: Floristische und ethnobotanische Betrachtungen.
A German book (out of print) giving background to the usage of Kalahari plants by bushmen.

Mark and Delia Owens: Cry of the Kalahari.
The story of a young couple who establish a research station in the Central Kalahari Game Reserve, in the 1970ies. Funny and weird, and with interesting insights in Kalahari predator ecology (mainly lions, brown hyenas and jackals). Their website is here.

Satyajit Das and Jade Novakovic: In Search of the Pangolin.
A travelogue written by a couple who "eco-travels" to see rare wildlife, including the pangolin. Entertaining, but sometimes just a list of sightings.

Information to research at the Kalahari Meerkat Project can be found by clicking here. If you are interested in more background to the meerkat groups, please become a Friend of the Kalahari Meerkat Project (click here).


I did not read any guide books, since we had been in most places before. We did use the German guide book by Ilona Hupe and Manfred Vachal: Reisen in Botswana, on our previous trip. It includes details on Mabuasehube, including descriptions of the camp sites.



Last update:  19:26 13/04 2009
Kalahari '09 home
16 Arrival
17 Lazuli Whiskers
18 Kung Fu
19 Kuruman Raptor Centre
20 Lazuli Commandos
21 Kung Fu Aztecs
22 Whiskers and Walk
23 DrieDoring Elveera
24 Moomins Lazuli
25 To Mabuasehube
26 Lesholoago
27 Mpayathutlwa
28 Bosobogolo
29 Matopi
30 Urikaruus
31 KTC
01 !Xaus Lodge
02 !Xaus Lodge
03 Upington
04 Return home

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