River of Gold

South African Country Life - - Wheels -

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)

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