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DESTINATION 81: Ancient Kalahari


Kalahari & Mier Info

The centre is managed and driven by Hendrik Bott, a well experienced Safari Operator who knows the area, the people, their customs and habits.


Some very exhausted and despondent scouts of the pioneer Dirk Vilander noted off saddle, some ants bringing wet mud to the surface of the ground. Curious, they started digging and found water. To honour the ants they named the settlement, “Mier”.

Mier is wedged in between two borders: West side Namibia and East Botswana. The North is closed by the Kgalagadi Transfrontier Park, the largest conservation area in the world 3.6 million ha. Rietfontein is the capital of Mier and the home of civilised infrastructure, like the Municipal Office, Police Station, Day Hospital, High School etc.

Rietfontein is also the place where the exploring scouts of Dirk Vilander found the bushman, Khys and his family at a fountain surrounded by reed-bushes – from where the name Rietfontein.

Mier also captivates the history of the two very prominent pioneers – Dirk Vilander and Regopstaan Kruiper, yet most of their descendants still live in Mier.


26°44'52.1"S 20°00'49.7"E

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