Kaokoveld: The Last Wilderness – Anthony Hall-Martin, Clive Walker, J du P Bothma
**A4 sized book**
A harsh land of rugged mountains, deep gorges, vast grasslands, shimmering flats and sand-dunes, the Kaokoveld is one of the last wildernesses left on earth. Stretching from the Skeleton Coast to the great interior escarpment and highlands of SWA/ Namibia, and from the Ugab to the Kunene, this area of breathtaking beauty, of living fossils, of the remnants of Stone Age cultures, remains unknown to outsiders.
Based on the personal observations of the authors, Anthony Hall-Martin, Clive Walker and Koos Bothma — all respected personalities in South African conservation circles — Kaokoveld – The Last Wilderness is the first natural history of the area available. The book delves deeply into the area, revealing it as a reservoir of biological diversity of a special kind. Appearing at first barren and lifeless, it is in fact a centre of endemism and variety; home to the unique black-faced impala, to nine endemic species of birds, and to an abundance of animal and plant life, all specially adapted for survival in the desert.
The only place in the world where the desert elephant and the endangered black rhino live in harmony with lion and giraffe in a desert environment, the Kaokoveld is under grave threat, not only from poaching, but also from the encroachment of civilisation. Magnificent photography and in-depth research have made this fascinating book not only a visual delight, but also a mine of information on the mysteries and fascinations that are the Kaokoveld.