Rock Art

Wildebeest Kuil, Northern Cape
More than 400 Khoe rock engravings on this spectacular site on the Northern Cape veld. Take the Barkly West road out of Kimberley, just after the turn to Homevale on your right, the Wildebeest Kuil Rock Art Centre is immediately on your left.
Nooitgedacht, Northern Cape
Three sections of glaciated pavement with over 250 Bushman and Khoe rock engravings. Travel north-west out of Kimberley towards Barkly West for 20km on the R31. When you see the ‘Glaciated pavement’ sign turn right onto dirt road. Travel for 6 km and stop beyond the stone house.
Driekopseiland, Northern Cape
Spectacular glaciated pavement in the Riet River covered with hundreds of geometric Khoe engravings. Travel out of Kimberley on the R357 towards Douglas for 54km. Turn off left at the ‘Plooysburg’ sign onto a dirt road for 7km. Look for a hidden turn off to the left with animals painted on rocks.
Kalkoenkraal, Eastern Cape
Large frieze of over 200 Bushman rock paintings. Travel south of Aliwal North towards Jamestown on the R30 for 25km. Turn right just after bridge over Klipspruit and travel 800m to farmhouse for directions to the site.
Leliekloof, Eastern Cape
Leliekloof has been called the ‘Valley of Art’ on account of its rich collection of Bushman rock paintings. Travel south out of Jamestown towards Queenstown on the R30 for 5km. Turn right towards Burgersdorp. After 15km at the crossroads, turn right onto dirt road. After 6km, just before a hairpin bend, take the ‘Delila/ Leliekloof’ road on the right. Travel to the end of the road and go to the farmhouse.
Lekker Links
Rock Art Research Institute (Wits)
Wildebeeste Kuil
Rock art weathering
National Monuments Council
The rock art of Mpumalanga (article) Bosworth Farm, North West
A large rock engraving site with over 400 Bushman and Khoe herder rock engravings. Travel north-west out of Klerksdorp for 2km on the R30. Turn right onto the Buffeldoorn road, after 20km turn right into ‘Bosworth Stud’. Go to the farmhouse where the owners will direct you (give them plenty of warning +27 (0)18 468 7527).
Machete (Koaxa’s Shelter), Limpopo
An impressive 25m long rock shelter called Koaxa’s Shelter at Machete, with over 190 rock paintings. Machete is 80km from Messina (reached via the N1) and 71 km from Alldays on the Pont Drif road (R521).
Caledon River Nature Reserve, Free State
Superbly preserved site with Bushman rock paintings of eland, cattle, hippo, a huge snake, eland and human figures. Take the R26 out of Wepener towards Hobhouse for 8km. Turn left onto the dirt road to Smithfield, after 9km turn right into ‘Caledon River Nature Reserve’.
Hoekfontein, Free State
There are three Bushman rock painting sites at Hoekfontein. Notable is a panel of 14 human figures dancing. Travel out of Ficksburg on towards Clocolan on the R26 for 8km. Turn right to ‘Hoekfontein Ossewa Kamp’ and travel on dirt road for 9km. Turn left into ‘Ossewa Kamp’.
Qwa Qwa, Free State
Unique Bushman rock painting of two crabs. Also rare painted animal spoor and quivers. Beautiful shaded eland and human figures. Travel on R712 from Clarens, through Golden Gate National Park for 10km until you see the ‘Honingkloof’ or ‘Klerksvlei’ sign. Turn right and report at the office. Prior arrangement is essential +27 (0)58 721 0300
Schaaplaats, Free State
A large painted cave with 35 Bushman rock paintings. Travel from Fouriesburg to Clarens on R711, pass the Clarens turn off on the left and take the next turn to the right. Travel to the end of the road where the owners will give you directions to the site.

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