A Natural History Guide to the Arid Kalahari
Including the Kgalagadi Transfrontier Park
- Mills, Gus & Margie
A Natural History Guide to the Arid Kalahari including the Kgalagadi Transfrontier Park, is 200 pages packed with information about this “land of huge vistas, climatic extremes and fascinating adaptations to harsh conditions”.
It covers some history about the development of the park, and describes its landscape, climate and characteristic plants. But the main emphasis (six out of nine chapters) is on the animals that live there, from big cats, hyenas and other carnivores to antelope, birds and the secret life of smaller fry like rodents, amphibians and reptiles.
There’s a feast of photos with extended captions that provide information beyond merely identifying the animals or scene.
Just as the captions provide nuggets of information to chew on, so do the “Fast facts” columns scattered throughout the book. Together they make the guide as fascinating to browse through as to read in depth.
The final chapter gives advice on getting the most out of your visit to the arid Kalahari, with tips for travelling in the park, best time to visit and some game viewing strategies. There’s also a section on the Tswalu Kalahari Reserve, since the guide’s information applies as much there as it does to the KTP.
There are comprehensive lists of mammals, birds, amphibians and reptiles of the KTP at the back, while the inclusion of an index will help you find info on a particular species with as little fuss as possible.
The A5 size is perfect for a field guide to take along on your next trip to the Kalahari, to dip into while you wait under a shady camel thorn or at a waterhole for some action.
The Mills’ long association with the park provides insight into its animals and ecosystems as well as a number of intriguing personal observations. Whether you’re a first-timer or you’ve been to the Kgalagadi many times, you’re sure to find lots to enhance your experience in this must-have guide for Kalahari lovers.
Where to get it:
There’s been some frustration getting hold of the book after the publisher, Black Eagle, went into liquidation at the end of October. However, you can find it at the shop at Twee Rivieren camp in the Kgalagadi Transfrontier Park. Or you can order it while stocks last for R165 + R25 postage and packaging (total R190) by emailing Margie Mills at firstname.lastname@example.org