248 pages, colour photos, b/w illustrations
In this most exquisitely designed book, rich with photographs and story, the authors explore the Limpopo River's history, its ancient past, wildlife, landscapes, early kingdoms and their people, warfare, trade, slaves, 19th-century hunting, travel and adventures and the conservation efforts of four national parks of which the renowned Kruger National Park is one. The book (and the river) encompasses two world heritage sites, two Transfrontier conservation areas, private game reserves, some of the richest rock art sites in southern Africa with the river's source centred at the site of the world's richest gold deposits ever discovered, Johannesburg. River of Gold comes at a critical time with the growing concern for the country's water resources, threats to its rivers, wetlands and catchment areas, loss of municipal water through aging infrastructure and contamination through sewage outflow. Add climate change to the mix and the prospects grow dimmer. River of Gold reveals the magnificence of one of Southern Africa's prime rivers and draws attention to its unique biodiversity and history and reveals information previously unknown.
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