This stretch of country is rich with legend, myth, rumour and romance. This is an anthology of stories on the people and the events that have shaped this wonderful area. Over 50 articles include The Lure of the Lowveld, the Prehistory, the Voortrekkers, the Missionaries, the Search for Gold and a host of pioneers such as Jaoa Albasini, Selous, Rider Haggard, Percy FitzPatrick, Stevenson-Hamilton, John Buchan and Deneys Reitz. The book is well-illustrated.
David Hilton-Barber, fourth-generation South African of 1820 Settler stock, was born in Grahamstown and holds a BA Honours degree from Rhodes. He trained as a journalist, following in the footsteps of his maternal great-grandfather Frederick York St Leger, founder and first editor of the Cape Times. In his later career as a public relations consultant, he was involved in a wide range of public-relations programmes for the public and private sector, included lecturing and contributing to the compilation of the communications course at the University of South Africa.
He served as president of the PR Institute of SA and council member for South Africa on the International Public Relations Association. He is author of Footprints: On the Trail of those who Shaped the History of Tzaneen, Footprints: Of Those Who Made History in Haenertsburg, The Baronet and the Savage King: the Intriguing Story of the Tati Concessions, Hobson’s Choice: Len Hobson; The Story of a Remarkable Man and Kalahari Dreaming: The Romance of the Desert.