A chronology of major events relating to the central Kalahari game reserve.


Pre 1800s: Foragers and agropastoralists occupy the Central Kalahari region. 1849: Livingstone, Oswell, and Murray cross the eastern Kalahari Desert to the Botletle River. 1877: The Dorstland Trekkers cross the Kalahari (pass NE comer of the Reserve). 1898: Founding of the Ghanzi Fanns by Cecil Rhodes and company. 1905: Some Bakwena cattle herded out of the Central Reserve to the Botletle River. 1910: First effort on the part of Ghanzi fanners to request a special piece ofland for the Basarwa. 1919: Flu epidemic affects the Central Kalahari. 1928: Vemay Lang Expedition traverses territory. 1928: Data from Edirilwe Seretse on the Khwee area. 1928: The Imperial Secretary Bede Clifford crosses the Central Kalahari. Tribute collection by Bakwena from area reported. 1933: Major drought in the Central Reserve. 1930s: Abortive attempt to drill for water. 1938-40: Letlhakane agricultural scheme in the eastern Kalahari (see Silberbauer 1981a: 15-16). 1947: Major drought in the Central Kalahari. 1950-51: Smallpox epidemic wipes out whole areas. 1952: (March 17) Dibete cordon fence work begins. 1953: Recruitment of San from western Kalahari (especially Kgalagadi and Kweneng Districts, some groups may have been reached as far as Tsetseng and DutJwe). 1954: Central Ngwato Cordon Fence built (Makoba Fence). 1955: Marshall expedition (see Marshall, Thomas 1958; Marshall 1976: II). 1958: Kuke fence constructed. 1958: (September) Silberbauer starts the Bushman Survey (Silberbauer I 981a: 17) (also in this

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@article{Hitchcock1999ACO, title={A chronology of major events relating to the central Kalahari game reserve.}, author={Robert Hitchcock}, journal={Botswana notes and records}, year={1999}, volume={31}, pages={105-17} }