It was an icy day when we met !Xopan in the dunes of
, he took us on one of the most authentic #Kgalagadi experiences I’ve had in my life. It was freezing though, and at one stage !Xopan had to borrow my down jacket to keep the biting cold at bay, as he was only in a loincloth to show us how his forefathers would have hunted a hundred or more years ago. His spirit and smile never wavered, though, and that night he regaled us with impossibly tall Kalahari tales as we tucked into traditional #NoordKaap fare around flickering
And this is exactly what made our
#Beyondlockdown Expedition so special. !Xopan was just one of the dozens of good-to-the-bone characters we met on our 9000km ‘Long Drive to support SA Tourism’ through all nine provinces of South Africa. ‘Khomani’ means the ‘forgotten people’, but – like the Red Dune Route sand – you will find it impossible to erase them from your memory once you’ve experienced their encyclopedic knowledge of the veldt, or witnessed their rich, yet humble and unfettered, lives.