Definition of thirstland in English:



South African
  • A large arid area.

    • ‘Flying is the only way to get the measure of Kaokoland and Damaraland, the spectacular thirstlands of Namibia that run south from the Angolan border along the Skeleton Coast.’
    • ‘Also worth visiting are the searing thirstlands of the Makgadikgadi Pans & Central Kalahari desert.’
    • ‘The Kalahari sandveld has often been called ‘thirstland’ to distinguish it from true desert.’
    • ‘The Himba migrated into the area from central Africa and tend their stock in these thirstlands.’
    • ‘The Okavango's unpredictable waterways find their way over the thirstlands of northwestern Botswana, creating a lush delta of tree-fringed islands and secret channels.’
    • ‘Before man settled in the area known as the Karoo, the high-lying central plateau of southern Africa, and claimed the watering places, springbok wandered the thirstlands in herds of thousands.’
    • ‘This is a once-only steam rail tour through the great thirstlands of Southern Africa - 5000 kilometres of scrub and sand, culminating in the arrival at the Skeleton Coast.’
    • ‘Water in the desert is a spectacular sight - the crystal-clear channels, spreading like an outstretched hand over the thirstlands of the Kalahari.’
    • ‘They entered these great thirstlands at the driest time of year, drawn by what they perceived as large lakes of sparkling water on the horizon.’
    • ‘It is fed by the Okavango river, which gradually widens into lakes and swamps before drying up in the thirstlands of the Kalahari.’
    • ‘The first Commissie Trek went westwards into the thirstlands of what is now South West Africa, and came back with a disappointing report about its aridity.’
    • ‘The rains continued unabated right through March, giving the thirstlands a much-needed dose of life-giving water, turning the landscape into a kaleidoscopic tapestry of brilliant greens.’
    • ‘It is home to the last of the ‘traditional’ Bushman communities, descendants of the once-dominant semi-nomadic hunter-gatherer inhabitants of the thirstlands.’
    • ‘Set in a massive sea of desert sand, this fragile wonderland of waterways, islands, and forests is an oasis for wildlife, drawn to its life-giving waters from the surrounding thirstlands.’
    • ‘The reader is taken on a journey through three subregions of southern Africa, beginning at the Zambezi River, down the eastern part, westwards through the Cape Fynbos and northwards to the thirstlands of Namibia.’
    • ‘With the barren thirstlands of the Kalahari covering most of the country, the Batswana people, strongly bound to the cultural ties of cattle herding have pressed on with their traditional ways, despite shrinking resources.’
    • ‘Moving north into the thirstlands of the Karoo, you will find vast, uninhabited plains with such atmospheric names as the Valley of Desolation, near Graaff-Reinet, the Eastern Cape's oldest settlement.’
    • ‘The Okavango is a river, a river which originates as trickles of summer rain in the mountains of Angola, then obscurely flows inland through the remote thirstlands of Northwest Botswana, where it eventually disappears into the Kalahari Desert.’
    • ‘Thirty years ago, ground water in the Kalahari thirstland, along with many other semi-arid to arid, sand-covered regions of the world, was regarded to be fossil, the remnant of earlier, ‘pluvial’ recharge events.’