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The People of the Kalahari Desert Part One Introduction Location and Environment The people of the Kalahari desert are extraordinary people For centuries their hunting and food gathering techniques have enabled them to survive in the difficult environment of the dry hot and barren Kalahari desert They are known as the Bushmen Or the Kung or the Gikwe since Bushmen is rather discriminating because the Bushmen live among shrubs and trees and sand and such The people of Kalahari Desert live in a dry bush desert in South-West Africa and western Bechuanaland bordered in the North by Lake Ngami and the Okovngo River in the South by the Orange river and west by the Damera Hills The Kalahari is there all low with sand dunes and great plains A hostile country of thirst and heat A country with scorpions thorny bushes and of course sand as far as the eye can see and perpetual dust In the hot months it the temperature goes up to 120 degrees Fahrenheit In the months of winter which are June and July the winds from the Antarctic cold blow at night But during the day it eventually rises up to around 80 degrees Fahrenheit and drops down in the evening There are only three months of winter and these begin in December and in March the drought season starts and by August all the water holes that were made during the rainy season are dried up It is not dead the desert There are boabab trees that give pear shaped fruits flowers and blossoms resembling gardenias There are tall grasses There are bushes flowering either red white or violet flowers tsama melons which very much look like watermelons and are the size of a small cantaloupe There are also mogongo nuts that are very high in protein When in season one
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