Day 19: The Scourge of the Kaiserbird

One of the very early maps showing the approximate position of the battlefield.

We have several antique maps showing the approximate position of the battlefield and the graves. These maps have all been studied in great detail by several researchers, to little avail.

We do know that the battlefield is inside the Botswana side of the Kgalagadi Transfrontier Park, close to the modern tourist trail called the Polentswa trail. We have narrowed our search area down to an area of a few hectares. We are going to search that area with very specialised metal detectors in October. During previous searches the metal detectors have been of the hobby type and was broken.

The Scourge of the Kaiserbird,” originally published in Afrikaans as “Die Keiservoël Oor Namaland,” is available from all leading bookstores in Namibia, through Namibian Book Market, and in South Africa from Upper Case, formerly Graffiti, in Menlyn Maine. Copies can also be ordered from  It is available on Kindle and worldwide in paperback from Amazon.

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