The allegorical story of Xi, a member of a San Bushmen tribe in the Central Kalahari, who received the unexpected gift of a glass Coca Cola bottle dropped from the sky, still enchants audiences over the world, Xi's tribe lived an uncomplicated and satisfactory life until someone dropped an empty Coke bottle from an airplane one day. This wondrous happening was interpreted as a gift from the gods. A little while the Bushmen found immense pleasure in the unknown article, using it as a craft tool and making music. But joy turned to sorrow as first the tribe members turned onto one another in anger and jealousy and then Xi was sent to jail for killing a farmer.s sheep. The story of how Xi was rescued from his cell, became a tracker, encountered and entrapped game thieves, entranced audiences 35 years ago and is still remembered with fondness.
The Kalahari refuses to acknowledge that May is the beginning of the winter. Temperatures dip to 5 degrees Celsius at sunrise but by noon the birds and game flock to waterholes to refresh themselves in the afternoon heat close to 30 degrees. The lovely spoonbill and majestic bateleur were seen at Totti Totti by Jacobus on a mornring game drive.
Guests often wonder what they can expect from a meeting with the Bushmen and what cultural exchange will take place. Jim Heck, intrepid traveler and blogger, reports on a visit to Deception Valley Lodge and how he experienced the Bushmen interaction with guests and management at the lodge. Follow Jim on www.africaanswerman.com.
Summertime brings magic mushrooms as large as dinner plates. Sauteed with butter, garlic and a little lemon juice these buttery fungi are a worthy garnish on venison steaks. The Bushmen know when and where to find the indigenous edible plants and fruit which sustain them in this arid area.
Lovers all over the world enjoy romance and love today, always with some champagne and good food:
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More emphasis is placed on carbo-free meals and the Banting Boerie is chef Niska's take on the popular Boerewors Hotdogs served all over Southern Africa. A mini-foot long portion of kudu sausage (known as "wors") rests on grilled butternut, and baby spinach. Traditional chakalaka is given a creative twist by combining apple, dates, cumin, coriander and cinnamon to a marmalade consistency. The flavoursome combination is topped off with crumbed blue cheese and grilled aubergine. Served with a side portion of sweet potato chips and garnished with red cabbage and strips of green pepper. Healthy and delicious!