River of Gold
It is surprising to learn that Johannesburg’s polluted Jukskei River is the southernmost source of the Limpopo. There are more surprises and many interesting facts and tales in store on the journey that the book leads along the Limpopo’s 1 750 kilometre course as it curves around South Africa’s northern border with Botswana and Zimbabwe, before straightening out through Mozambique to spill into the Indian Ocean. One remarkable geological fact for instance is that it once was the mighty Zambezi’s waters that fed the Limpopo. Its rich connection with human history reaches from ancient times through the Mapungubwe kingdom of a thousand years ago to being the defining feature of our present day’s ambitious Great Limpopo Transfrontier Park. The authors are accomplished environmentalists and each contribute to the rich assortment of information. The escapades of adventurers who tried to navigate the river, as well as special features, appear in boxed-off sections. This neat packaging along with striking photographs that serve as a constant reminder of the river’s scenic beauty, contribute to making this a most enjoyable read.
Peter Norton, Michael Gardner
& Clive Walker Jacana
Leon Marshall 978-1-43142-338-5
R280 RIVER (2 copies)