Fun Fact Friday: waterless place

The Kalahari Desert gets its name from the Tswana/Setswana word Kgala meaning “the great thirst”, or Kgalagadi, Khalagari, or Kalagare, meaning “a waterless place”.

The Okavango River is the only permanent river that flows through the desert. During the rainy season (October through April) temporary rivers such as the Nata and several tributaries which flow into the Limpopo River are formed.


Our yard here in East Tennessee feels like a “waterless place” right now because it has not really rained in over 2 weeks now. The ground is dry and hard. The plants are very thirsty, so we have to water each night to keep them alive. Living on the edge of the Kalahari Desert will be very dry. It will take time to adjust. Namibia is entering into the cold/dry season now.

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