Bushman rock art at Kambergs Game Pass shelter

Bushman rock art at Kambergs Game Pass shelter

Kamberg Nature Reserve lies in the foothills of the Ukhahlamba Drakensberg Park. Kamberg is near to other parts of the Drakensberg like Lotheni , Giants Castle and Highmoor. Kamberg really is a beautiful place with three attractive picnic sites near the river and trout dams which provide a relaxing alternative to the scenic attractions of the many well maintained walks in the area. There are a number of self guided trails from the camp, one of which is suitable for handicapped visitors. As well as the Mooi River, trout fishing can also be enjoyed in several dams which are open to anglers, all year round. Close to Kamberg are the trophy trout fishing dams of Highmoor which must be booked in advance.

But the main attraction at Kamberg is the Bushman rock art at Game Pass Shelter . This bushman rock art is of such importance that it is commonly referred to as the “Rosetta Stone” of southern African rock art. It was here that archaeologists first uncovered a vital key to understanding the symbolism of San rock art. The Kamberg rock art site is special for so many reasons. It was one of the first sites ever to be seen by Europeans and appeared in the Scientific American in 1915. It was the first South African rock art site to be known in other parts of the world, and revealed the meaning of San rock art- it, in a sense, “cracked the code”. The hiking trail to Game Pass Shelter is a two-and-a-half, to three hour guided walk, via the spiritually moving Waterfall Shelter. It is nothing short of a world-class experience in Khoisan rock art and living Zulu and San culture. The walk is preceded by a spectacular DVD presentation at the state-of-the-art Interpretive Centre that caters for a maximum of ten people at a time.

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