|Cultural Crossroads Tour||Essence of Africa
|↓ Rock Art Revelations
|Sand & Stars
Rock Art Revelations Tour: Description
Follow the footsteps of the earliest of humans when visiting landmark sites in ruggedly beautiful South African landscapes. Retrace the former hunting grounds of the First Nation, the San / Bushmen who roamed the land and adorned caves walls for over 10,000 years.
Among rugged Cape mountains packed with ancient rock art sites, observe a spectacular ‘open air art gallery’ at Bushmans Kloof, a luxurious Relais & Châteaux refuge and environment trophy winner, voted Best Hotel in the World, that is a malaria free paradise which encapsulates the magic of diverse African treasures.
On your first day journeying north from Cape Town, gain insight into the heritage and folklore of the San Bushmen – an ancient hunter-gatherer people, hearing how they survived for thousands of years until the arrival of the colonisers. At their cultural enclave called !Khwa ttu, San interpreters escort you on a nature trail, sharing tracking skills, hunting methods and botanical knowledge, and introduce you to alternatives to their threatened lifestyle.
Meander along the beautiful Langebaan lagoon – focal point of the West Coast National Park, and declared Ramsar site, where ‘Eve’ left her footprints in the sand some 117, 000 year ago. A unique mix of carpets of flowers in spring, coastal fynbos, wetlands with migratory wading birds, seabirds by the thousands and thunderous waves rolling in from the Atlantic. Take in these glorious views from lookouts on granite outcrops.
Stay the night in a comfortable homestead perched on a bluff overlooking Langebaan lagoon.
Enjoy the atmosphere of reed ceilings and huge fireplaces, while gazing out to a scattering of islands and bobbing yachts in the distance. Eat traditional west coast fare or dine alfresco on a beach, breathing in the aroma of seafood on hot coals and fresh sea breezes to the sound of seagulls and lapping waves.
On your second morning, first visit a site that contains the greatest diversity of five-million year old fossils in the world, hearing about shore line excavations that have revealed significant artefacts left by Middle and Late Stone Age inhabitants.
Then venture through majestic sandstone mountains of the Cederberg, arriving at a ruggedly different kind of natural heritage area – Bushmans Kloof. Be enchanted by a treasure trove of paintings on the walls of rock shelters, some about 7,000 years old, that are vivid reminders of the remarkable skills of South Africa’s earliest inhabitants, who are now a threatened and vanishing culture.
For two more magical, star filled nights, enjoy early morning guided rock art tours among some 130 rock art sites and sunset nature drives in open game viewing vehicles can bookend lazing in the river’s many rock pools, hiking or biking in the foothills, botanising, gourmandising and stargazing.
On you last day after a leisurely breakfast following your morning game drive, head back to Cape Town – about a four hour drive south, or be dropped off directly at the airport according to your onward plan.