Subtitle: On the Trail of Those Who Made History in the Lowveld
Author: David Hilton-Barber
Genre: Region History
Publisher: 30° South Publishers (Pty) Ltd.
Johannesburg, South Africa 2016
ISBN 9780994656117 / ISBN 978-0-9946561-1-7
Softcover, 15 x 23 cm, 256 pages, 200 colour & b/w photos, sketches, map, English text
The lowland area, below about 500 metres in altitude, along South Africa's northern border with Botswana and Zimbabwe, is known as the Lowveld. The Kruger National Park in its entirety lies within this area and comprises half of it. The Lowveld comprises sections of Limpopo that extend down to the east of the Drakensberg escarpment, through Mpumalanga and then into eastern Swaziland. The Lowveld abuts the border of Mozambique to the east, and the Drakensberg to the west. Although the area is poor in water resources, there are mighty rivers that rise along the face of the great escarpment and flow swiftly to the Indian Ocean via Mozambique. In the south the Sabie and Crocodile merge with the Komati River and in the north the Olifants and Letaba join with the Limpopo. And today there are thriving towns, Tzaneen, Phalaborwa, Graskop, Sabie, White River, Nelspruit (Mbombela), Komatipoort and Barberton, and a rich agricultural environment of subtropical fruits as well as timber.
Notwithstanding this intensive agriculture, this is still an area of indigenous forests, sweeping grasslands, rolling mountains, bushveld and natural beauty. Tourism flourishes in this sub-tropical region where attractions such as the Kruger National Park, archaeological sites, elite private game reserves, mountain resorts and spectacular scenery draw thousands of visitors from all over the world. This stretch of country is rich with legend, myth, rumour and romance. Evidence of stone age habitation, pottery and artefact remnants from Arab traders from the east, tribal warfare, trekking Boers, gold reefs there for the picking, big game hunting, and above all sickness and disease which limited the encroachment of man and his domestic beasts, malaria, blackwater fever, bilharzia, sleeping sickness and nagana, all of this characterised the old Transvaal Lowveld.
The Lure of the Lowveld
The Pedi Kingdom
The Gaza Empire
The Search for Gold
Karl Gottlieb Mauch
Pioneers of the Lowveld
Joao Albasini (1813-1888), Frederick Courteney Selous (1851-1917), Sir Lionel Phillips (1855-1936), H. Rider Haggard (1856-1925), Thomas William Andrews (1856-1928), Henry Thomas Glynn (1856-1928), Ernest Edward Galpin (1858-1941), H.L. Hall (1858-1940), G.J. Elphick (1861-1929), Percy FitzPatrick (1862-1931), Sir Abraham (Abe) Bailey (1864-1940), Douglas Flemmer Gilfillan (1865-1948), James Stevenson-Hamilton (1867-1957), Hans Merensky (1871-1952), John Buchan (1875-1931,) Harry Wolhuter (1877-1964), Doel Zeederberg (1860-1907), Deneys Reitz (1882-1944), Ivan Solomon (1899-1987), Johs Schoeman (1899-1978), Charles Astley-Maberly (1905-1960), Bertie van Zyl (1932-2005), Len Hobson (1926-2014)
Westfalia (David Lindsey Milne, Joe Darvas, Frikkie Lourens and Jan Toerien)
Seasons in Africa
Hans and Louis van der Merwe