When we originally thought about publishing a book on the Kgalagadi, we wanted to try and capture the changing moods of the park and the creatures which inhabit its environment for others to enjoy and appreciate.
We started thinking about suitable book titles that would capture the essence of the park. The Kgalagadi is indeed a harsh place with scorching temperatures in summer, cold winters, desert sandstorms and spectacular thunderstorms. The result is an environment that challenges even the hardiest of creatures.
In spite of these diverse conditions, the park is a paradise of wildlife. It is home to a spectacular array of creatures from those living in burrows underground to those fighting for survival on the desert surface.With these two concepts in mind, we decided on the title of, “A Harsh Paradise”.
For our first book, we did not fully realise the enormity of the task and the challenges that lay ahead. The first of these, was to obtain enough photographic material that would depict a cross section of animals, birds and landscapes. This involved a number of visits to the Kgalagadi at different times of the year to capture seasonal changes.
The next task was to investigate publishing options. After having approached a number of publishers, we came to the conclusion that the best way of maintaining control of the book layout and intellectual property, was to go the self-publishing route.
This became a major undertaking as we had to decide on book size, cover concept, page layouts, text and captions. We wanted to make the book user-friendly and appealing to tourists with luggage space limitations.
Countless hours were then spent preparing images and conceptualising layouts. The text and captions had to undergo numerous reviews and checks to ensure consistency and correctness of grammar and spelling.
We have just published an updated version of the book which has a different design and look and feel. The new book is a larger format, which enhances the images and reading experience. We have had extremely good responses from both local and overseas markets and we trust these sample pages will give you an idea of what the book offers.
If you wish to obtain a copy of the book, please go to our contact page.