Research on the Kalahari

Much research has been done and many books have been published on the history of the Kalahari and surrounding areas, its people and their cultures. Further information can be obtained from Professor Keyan Tomaselli ( at the University of KwaZulu-Natal’s Culture, Communication and Media Studies unit; from Sharon Ries (, Public Relations Manager of the Origins Centre at the University of Witwatersrand or from the Andriesvale office of the South African San Institute (SASI).

Among the many books published, some that you may find of interest and that can be obtained through the Origins Centre and other booksellers include:

  • Voices of the San by Willemien le Roux and Alison White
  • The Bushmen of Southern Africa by Andy Smith, Candy Malherbe and others
  • San Spirituality by David Lewis-Williams and Dawid Pearce
  • Kalahari Rainsong by Belinda Kruiper and Elana Bregin
  • Stories op die Wind, a collection of Northern Cape Folk Tales (Published by the Institute for Justice and Reconciliation)

A selection of these books is available in our lounge for your enjoyment.

Additional books are available from Rozenberg Publishers (

  • Writing in the San/d: Autoethnography among Indigenous Southern Africans edited by Keyan G. Tomaselli, University of KwaZulu-Natal.
  • Where Global Contradictions are Sharpest: Research Stories from the Kalahari by Keyan Tomaselli.

Also of interest:

Representing Aboriginality: A post-colonial analysis of the key trends of representing aboriginality in South African, Australian and Aotearoa/New Zealand film by Sacha Clelland-Stokes (