The San people lived in harmony with nature, following the migrations of game and seasons, and told their remarkable stories on the rocks of the shelters where they lived. Through these stories we can get a look at the way that they lived, what animals they encountered and the activities they did.
In South Africa, pre-historic rock art has been dated back to thousands of years ago, meaning that the San people roamed the land for a great number of years, until settlers came to stay and farm. The Cederberg and Drakensberg Mountain are of great significance with regard to San rock art.
The Cederberg Wilderness Ares is about 2 hours’ drive from Cape Town and is said to be one of the richest sources of rock art per square kilometre. It is a rugged area with spectacular rock formations and has a World Heritage status for its flora. Here you can visit rock art sites at Stadsaal, Truitjieskraal, Southern Arch and Varkkloof.
The Southern Drakensberg Mountains is about 2 hours’ drive from Durban and is divided into 4 sections, each with their own set of special qualities. Over an area of about 500 “shelter”, around 20 000 rock paintings have been recorded. Visit the Kamberg Rock Art Trial and Interpretive Centre for a guided walk and presentation of a rock shelter. More rock art can be seen at Giants Castle Game Reserve and the Royal Natal National Park.