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San Rock Art Paintings Tour

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San Rock Art Hike-2.5 Hours. . .
Country: Lesotho
City: Mafeteng
Duration: 8 Hour(s) - 0 Minute(s)
Tour Category: Full Day Tours
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San Rock Art Hike-2.5 Hours.

Echo Caves 1 & 2

Depart Maseru or the airport at 08H00 and be transferred to Lodge.

We take a leisurely walk through rural farmlands and scenic villages along the way! well, stop at a village perched overlooking the Makhaleng River Valley. From here we'll descend via a single bridle track/pathway at a +-35 degree gradient towards the Makhaleng river basin!

Our guide will lead the way and give explanations along the way, about the area we are about to enter! Please be careful of the footing, as it becomes very treacherous at various points!

The 2 x caves are called Tohlang places 1 and 2 and the whole area is called Le Eabuoy Ego Which means, the Caves of Echoes!

The San Rock Art painted onto the walls of bare rock are the best descriptions, You’ve not seen preserved in a very long time!

Once reaching these caves our guide will give a descriptive history of the San People and their nomadic history throughout Lesotho. The description of paintings will be described and each illustration will be discussed in detail!

The ascent back to the 4x4 vehicle will be uphill all the way and stops will be made for photographs and a rest stop. We have a choice of either returning to Malealea Lodge for lunch or taking a packed lunch!

After the hike departs for Maseru or Moshoehoe 1 airport.



4x4 vehicle and Guide
2 x Mineral water
Suggested Packed-Picnic Lunch
Hiking Guide


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Tips to Guide

Explore More About San Rock Art:

The San, or Bushmen, are indigenous people in Southern Africa, particularly in what is now South Africa and Botswana. Their ancient rock paintings and carvings (collectively called rock art) are found in caves and on rock shelters. The artwork depicts non-human beings, hunters, and half-human half-animal hybrids. The half-human hybrids are believed to be medicine men or healers involved in a healing dance.”

A painting discovered at Blombos Cave is thought to be the oldest known instance of human art, dating to around 73,000 years ago. Gall writes, “The Laurens van der Post panel at Tsodilo is one of the most famous rock paintings.” High on this rock face in Botswana is the image of a “magnificent red eland bull” painted, according to Van der Post, “only as a Bushman who had a deep identification with the eland could have painted him.”

Also on this rock face is a female giraffe that is motionless, as if alarmed by a predator. Several other images of animals are depicted there too, along with the flesh and blood-red handprints that are the signature of the unknown artist. The Drakensberg and Lesotho are particularly well known for their San rock art. Tsodilo was recognized as a UNESCO World Heritage Site in 2001; not all the art covered by this is by the San people or their ancestors.

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