Where to see cave paintings in SA

Posted on 11 April 2024 By Louise Bell

Africa, the cradle of humanity, is known as the first location where humans emerged and roamed the earth, so various ancient signs of human intervention are sprinkled across this continent. Cave paintings, a testament to our shared history, are an excellent way to see art in its most primitive form. 

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Throughout South Africa, you’ll be able to catch a glimpse of paintings rendered by the oldest known civilisation, the Khoisan. Unsure where to see these rock art paintings in South Africa? Take a look at a few spaces to view these drawings from another lifetime.

Drakensberg Rock Art (KwaZulu-Natal)

Within the Drakensberg World Heritage Site, you’ll be able to spot thousands of examples of rock art, which are peppered throughout this location. From engravings to drawings with various substances (such as bird droppings and charcoal), you’ll have the opportunity to ponder various illustrated scenes.

These rock art paintings can only be viewed by an art custodian who obtains the relevant training. Visitors should note that these drawings should not be touched and should be treated respectfully.

Bushmans Kloof Wilderness Reserve (Cederberg)

Another South African National Heritage Site, this spectacular space is a wonderful option for travellers seeking to understand the complexity of these paintings. This experience is unique because visitors can attend a rock art workshop at various times throughout the year to learn the ancient art of this creative form.

Beyond the rock art, you’ll be able to immerse yourself in the natural scenery of cliffs and stunning displays of large rocks on your journey to the various displays of paintings.

Wildebeest Kuil Rock Art Centre (Northern Cape)

This stunning site is a great option for travellers seeking a long hike and seeing rock art sprinkled throughout the way. This path is 800 meters up a hill and has various stop points that provide information to learn more about the cave paintings on display. A guide will help you on the way to ensure all your questions are answered throughout your walk.

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