Cobus van Bosch

Children of Thirstland Trekkers, Angola, 1912 (Oil on canvas, 50cm x 76cm, 2013).
Source: Western Cape Archives

In the late 19th and early 20th century several groups of Boer settlers from the Transvaal and Orange Free State migrated to the north and settled in Namibia and Angola. The journey through the Kalahari Desert, which has virtually no surface water, claimed many lives and led to the name “Thirstland Trek”. The Boers did not adapt well in Angola and most moved to Namibia and South Africa after World War I (1914-1918). The last Afrikaans settlers left Angola in the 1970's when civil war broke out.