For hundreds of years the vast territory of the Kalahari remained a blank on the map. Yet it gripped the imagination of poets, painters, writers, dreamers, adventurers and not a few charlatans. Read about the travellers to Lake Ngami – Livingstone, William Cornwallis Harris and Frederick Lugard. Follow in the footsteps of the hunters – James Chapman, Jan Viljoen, Fred and Hal Barber.
Shed a tear for the calamitous Dorsland Trek. Learn the truth about the Lost City; how Cecil Rhodes established a white settlement at Ghanzi and how a professor planned to divert mighty rivers to flood the desert. Meet the Robin Hood of the Desert and learn why Laurens van der Post’s biographer called him the “master fabricator”.
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 and Hobson’s Choice: Len Hobson; The Story of a Remarkable Man and is presently researching several other historical projects.