The Drakensberg is steeped in rich cultural heritage and was home to the San people from late Stone Age times until as recently as the nineteenth century. The mountain caves and overhangs of the Drakensberg are now a testament to the San way of life depicted through their paintings.
Over 35 000 individual recorded images at over 600 sites can be seen in the Drakensberg region - making up 35% of all of South Africa's San rock art sites. It was partly the significance of these rock art sites which led to the Ukhahlamba-Drakensberg Park being declared a World Heritage Site in 2000.
The paintings cover a variety of topics - with the most common being animal figures and specifically Eland which were considered sacred, as well as human figures depicted in scenes from daily life.
While in the Drakensberg it is well worth partaking in a guided walk to one of the many rock art sites. In addition there are excellent educational centres at Kamberg and Didima which provide interactive experiences. At Kamberg, the Kamberg San Rock Art Trail and Interpretive Centre offers visitors information about the world of the San, as well as the opportunity to participate in a guided walk with a community guide to Game Pass Shelter to see superb examples of rock art.

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