San rock art Archives - Tim Brown Tours
  • 17th June 2016

    The Drakensberg mountains are for me the most majestic mountains to tour and to share this place with my clients is truly a blessing!

  • 19th December 2015

    Drakensberg tour 17-19th December 2015

     

     

    We began our Drakensberg tour in Pietermaritzberg and headed straight for South Africa’s second proclaimed World heritage site.

    We arrived  before around midday and settled in for some lunch and then a visit to the San Rock art center on site of the Didima resort where we would spend the next couple of nights.

    The Museum as usual was great and was very interesting with lots of great items on display. The Drakensberg history goes back a long time as does that of the San bushmen. 

     

     

     

     

     

    Drakensberg tour; Cagn the San Bushmens God

    Drakensberg tour; Cagn the San Bushmens God

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

    The San bushmen called their God, Cagn and as the Eland antelope was their main source of food and supernatural potency they believed where Cagn was the Eland were in droves like cattle.

    Some of the artifacts in the museum have been discovered more recently and the below image of the San bushman Holster, Arrows, poison pouch etc were discovered in 1926.

     

     

     

     

     

    Drakensberg tour; Bushman weapons

    Drakensberg tour; Bushman weapons

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

    The Cathedral peak area of the Drakensberg mountain is very beautiful and has some lovely hikes so after we were done in the San rock art museum we went on a 3 hour hike to enjoy the majestic Drakensberg and the nature it holds.

     

     

     

     

     

     

    Drakensberg tour; Cathedral peak

    Drakensberg tour; Cathedral peak

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

    The hike in the Drakensberg to Doreen falls is very pleasant and we spotted some lovely Proteas along the way with the great views of Cathedral peak.

     

     

     

     

     

    Drakensberg tour; Hiking in Cathedral peak

    Drakensberg tour; Hiking in Cathedral peak

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

    It wasn’t long and we arrived at Doreen falls which had very little water after the issues of drought we have been facing in KwaZulu-Natal.

    It was still an amazing site and part of the majestic Drakenseberg mountain.

     

     

     

     

     

    Drakensberg tour; Doreen falls

    Drakensberg tour; Doreen falls

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

    We made our way back through the Drakensberg mountain to Didima and settled in for the night with some great food. After this it was time for some rest and it was really needed!

     

     

     

     

     

    Day 2: Drakensberg mountain tour

     

     

     

     

    Our second day began with breakfast and then we drove to the Northern Drakensberg to Royal Natal national park for a couple of hikes in that section of the mountain.

    We began with the San rock art bushman painting hike which take an hour or so and we got to see some amazing rock art.

     

     

     

     

     

    Drakensberg tour; San rock art

    Drakensberg tour; San rock art

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

    The Royal natal national park and this area of the Northern Drakensberg in my personal favourite part of the Drakensberg mountains with amazing views.

     

     

     

     

    Drakensberg tour; Amphitheater

    Drakensberg tour; Amphitheater

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

    The San rock art is something you need to see to really understand how amazing it is, the walk is now only guided due to idiots who have defaced the rock art over the years.

    In the below picture you will see an San Bushman hunting a Leopard which was hunting the Bush buck. The Leopard was always an enemy of the San as they killed and ate the same food.

     

     

     

     

     

    Drakensberg tour; San rock art, Bushman hunts a Leopard which is hunting a bush buck

    Drakensberg tour; San rock art, Bushman hunts a Leopard which is hunting a bush buck

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

    We hiked on to the Cascades which also had very little water but were still lovely and then hiked back down the mountain to head off for some lunch.

     

    Lunch was great and then we made our way to a little town called Winterton which had an antique shop which one on my clients had shown interest in.

     

    It was then time to return to the Central Drakensberg and Didima for some rest and then dinner.

     

    After a great dinner we headed to bed.

     

     

     

     

    Day 3: Drakensberg mountain tour

     

     

    On this third day we simply headed for breakfast and then made our way back to Durban where I dropped my clients off at the Essenwood market and their guest house.

     

    It had been another great tour and the Drakensberg really showed off her better side!

     

     

  • 9th September 2015

    Drakensberg midlands tour

     

    I collected my solo client for his Drakensberg midlands tour and we ventured into the amazing central Drakensberg up the sani pass and into Lesotho.

     

    The Drakensberg is very special to me, I always feel at peace when I am in the mountains. Its had been a place of much violence but it seems the rivers that cut can shape the Drakensberg have also washed away the memories of the violence leaving the amazing San-Bushmen rock art for us to enjoy.

    After spending the first part of our first day in Lesotho and up Sani pass we made our way around the mountain to Didima which is home to a massive amount of San Rock art.

    It was here we settled into some dinner and a good rest before our second day in the mountains called the Drakensberg!

     

     

     

     

     

    Drakensberg midlands tour; Didima lodge

    Drakensberg midlands tour; Didima lodge

     

     

     

     

     

    Didima blends in so well with the surroundings and has a lovely view of Cathedral peak a peak that is 3004 meter above sea level.

     

     

     

     

     

    Drakensberg midlands tour; Cathedral peak

    Drakensberg midlands tour; Cathedral peak

     

     

     

     

     

     

    After a good breakfast we made our way into the interpretive center and museum on the San-Bushmen. It was here where I heard the amazing clip about “where God is” it always makes me feel happy so even though I know it was stealing I had to share just a few seconds of a 13 minute clip so you can feel some of what it is all about in the Drakensberg.

     

     

     

     

     

    Video: Taste of the Drakensberg on our Tours

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

    It was now time to do a 2 hour hike to Doreen falls and back which is a lovely waterfall and cave in the Didima valley not far from the lodge itself.

     

    We had some lovely sunshine but it was sad to find a dead Secretary bird which was sadly killed clearly for “muthi” medicine. Even in South Africa we still have this problem where people believe in things like a Vulture being able to see into the future as it seems to know where to find meat the morning when it wakes up… So some people will dry the brain and smoke it so they to can see into their future.

     

    This was a bird which is the size of a vulture and looks like a vulture so it is clear why it was killed.

     

     

     

     

     

     

    Drakensberg midlands tour; Secretary bird with brain removed

    Drakensberg midlands tour; Secretary bird with brain removed

     

     

     

     

     

     

    We left the lost of life behind and hiked on up the mountain and eventually got to Doreen falls which was spectacular to see and was shaded so it was a rest from the sun.

     

     

     

     

     

     

    Drakensberg midlands tour; Doreen falls

    Drakensberg midlands tour; Doreen falls

     

     

     

     

     

    After we descended the mountain we made our way into the midlands of KwaZulu Natal and the mist was unbelievable and the rain began. It was still nice and the lunch we had was great. We then headed off to the Mandela capture site and enjoyed this amazing Museum and the steel sculpture of mandela;s face.

     

     

     

     

     

    Drakensberg midlands tour; Sculpture at Mandela capture site

    Drakensberg midlands tour; Sculpture at Mandela capture site

     

     

     

     

    One of the great things about Nelson Mandela was he would also admit his mistakes and this was a sign of a real man and a true leader! Most would not!

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

    Drakensberg midlands tour; Mandela capture site

    Drakensberg midlands tour; Mandela capture site

     

     

     

     

     

     

    It had been an amazing 2 days of touring in the Drakensberg and Midlands which for the most part we had great weather. If you would like to do this tour or one similar click on this link below:

     

     

    Drakensberg and Midlands Tour