What you'll do
For this uniquely South African experience, I'll meet you at your Cape Town accommodation in the morning and we'll drive out of the city through beautiful countryside to the Cederberg Mountain Conservancy (Transport by car thru Coach Connections 021 559 7000.) We'll walk an easy, flat 4-5km riverside wilderness trail (or optional shorter trail) to explore and view a magnificent series of San bushman rock painting sites that are several thousand years old. You'll see a variety of paintings including sacred eland, human figures, elephant, therianthropes (half human half animal figures), and much more. Part archaeology, part wilderness experience, part art history - you'll learn about the world of the hunter-gatherer San people (the first Homo sapiens on Earth whose history here goes back 100,000 years) and their unique and awe-inspiring rock paintings. It is a truly wonderful experience to see these paintings in the rock shelters and wilderness environment in which they lived and painted. On the drive back we'll stop at a countryside restaurant for an authentic South African light lunch and you'll be back in the city by evening.
I'm a South African journalist, photographer and surfer and have spent years exploring and studying some of the oldest art in the world, the stone-age San bushman rock paintings of southern Africa. These finely painted, intriguing paintings are a national treasure. I'd like to show you select rock art sites and tell you about them on a day trip to the mountains outside Cape Town. You'll connect with nature and see the rock paintings in the ancient landscape where they were painted . It's a beautiful wilderness and art history experience that should be part of any trip to South Africa.
Snacks (local padkos) traditional South Africa road food (padkos) snacks
Lunch stop Traditional South African country food
Site permits Site permits are included in the cost
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Where you'll be
We'll drive north out of Cape Town through farming country to the breathtaking Cederberg Mountain Conservancy. This unique bio reserve has many endemic plants and animals, unusual weathered red rock formations and a rich concentration of stone-age San rock paintings. The San hunter-gatherers inhabited southern Africa for millennia. Their intriguing rock art remains as heritage to their way of living with nature.
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Any experience can be cancelled and fully refunded within 24 hours of purchase.
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Up to 6 guests ages 5 and up can attend.
Wear comfortable walking shoes. I'll advise on clothes depending on the weather. Bring your camera and a day pack for carrying water and snacks on the trail.
Explore prehistoric cave paintings