National Geographic : 1961 Sep
the 19th-century buffalo slaughter in our own American West. Along our three-day route to the sea we met only a group of nomadic Kuvales, gathering wax and honey, and a tall, blue eyed Boer named Miguel Prinsloo, who managed a karakul sheep ranch on a boul der-strewn plain. "Ach, ja, water-that's our big headache," Miguel said, as we cooled our faces in the 366 reservoir filled by a spidery, creaking wind mill. Miguel lived in a humble thatched house beside his sheep kraal; he was a true pioneer in this virtually unsettled region. Only a few miles from his ranch reared a twin-peaked granite lump, Chitundulo, a mountain sacred to the Kuissi tribe. "The Kuissi believe that anyone setting foot on the mountain will be eaten by lions," Miguel told us. Thatched cottages cloak a church-crowned hill in Catumbela, a sugar-producing center.