In 2011 I was invited to sleep on a dune, in the barren Kgalegadi. A group of bushmen headed up by Oom Dawid Kruiper (who has subsequently passed away) won a land claim and were awarded ownership of 36 000 hectares of land in the vicinity of the Park followed b a further 25 000 hectares within the Park. This was a bitter sweet victory, as they simply did not have the resources needed to survive on their newly acquired land. They allow small groups of tourists to stay on the land and experience the real and rugged beauty of the park without the usual trappings of luxury.
We spent 4 nights on a sand-dune with no shelter, sleeping under the massive star blanket of the Milky Way and patrolling our piece of sand to ensure the local lions didn't pay us a surprise visit. We washed our plates with sand as water is carefully rationed and spent our mornings and evenings tracking a wide array of little creatures and the rest of the day vying for the small patches of shade offered by the scrubby bushes.