The Auob River
The Auob origins in Namibia, northeast of the city of Mariental. It enters South Africa at Mata Mata and confluences after some 120 kilometers with the Nossob rivier at Samevloeiing, just north of Twee Rivieren.
The word Auob is derived from "Au !ab", meaning "Bitter River". That also relates to the quality of the water in the river.
The Auob is said to flow about every eleven years; last time the water reached the Kalahari TP was in 2000. In early 2011 the water stopped about 30km short of the Mata Mata border.
Waterholes named after Scottish places
Roger (Malkop) Duke Jackson was a second generation South African, born in Knysna. In 1914 he married Eileen Francies May Brock and he became responsible for surveying and setting out the northern boundary of South Africa.
While Roger was doing his survey work, Eileen had to take care of the camp and find food and water with the help of the San. It is believed that she gave some of the places along the Auob river Scotish names (like Munro, Dalkeith, Auchterlonie and Craig Lockhart) out of homesickness.
Eileen was a very special lady standing onyl 4'9". She was an extremely good hunter and brought home a lot of trophies. In one of her hunting adventures, she was taken off her ox (that's what she rode) by a leopard. She was rescued by a San tracker and after a recovering period of three months, she tracked down the leopard and took her revenge.