Rock Art An opportunity to experience something special
The Drakensberg Mountains, besides their natural beauty, are home to one of the largest art galleries in the world. There are hundreds of painted rock overhangs or shelters, with literally thousands of individual paintings in them. This amazing treasure trove of art was left behind by the Bushmen who inhabited the Drakensberg for at least 10 000 years. Sadly, they are no longer with us, but their paintings are, and they provide not only much beauty and fascination, but also a glimpse of the inner workings of their compassionate and caring society.
All rock art sites which fall within the uKhahlamba Drakensberg Park are closed to the casual visitor. They can only be visited by groups accompanied by approved guides. This is to ensure the protection of the art from vandals and ignorant visitors who inadvertantly damage them. Our guides are all accredited, and can not only guide you to one of a number of unspoilt panels, but also fill you in on all the background to the Bushmen their history, lifestyle and culture as well as, the latest thinking on the art. This will greatly add to your understanding and thus your enjoyment of the art.
Our "In the Footsteps of the Bushmen" guided day hikes are an excellent way to learn not only about the Bushmen, but also about the flora, fauna and natural history of the Drakensberg. We offer full day hikes (moderate fitness required) to unspoilt panels of rock art. The hike is about 7km each way with an altitude gain of around 250m.
While the Drakensberg Bushmen are sadly no more, there are other living Bushman communities within South Africa. One of these is the Khomani Bushmen who live in the Northern Cape province, just south of the Kalahari Gemsbok National Park (now part of the Kgalagadi Transfrontier Park). In tribute to the memory of the artists who painted the rock art we visit, and their now disappeared communities, we take a R30 “levy” from the tour price and put this towards a development project for the Khomani Bushman community. Click here to see where your money goes and a background to this fascinating community and their inspiring story. You can also go on this Rock Art guided hike as part of the special packages deals.
Tour departs from sani lodge at 08.00 and returns around 16.00 hours depending on the pace of the group.
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