While the many examples of primitive rock art that are to be found in most of the provinces of South Africa have always aroused a lot of interest, the number of both local and overseas visitors who are looking for the best places to experience a tour of them has increased considerably during the past few years. The growing interest in this emerging new niche, now widely known as spiritual tourism, shows every sign of equalling the attraction of the nation’s prime coastal resorts and its many safari parks, in terms of the number of visitors who now choose this alternative, yet equally fascinating, type of holiday.
For the Best Rock-Art Tours in South Africa – Visit Limpopo
In addition to their obvious interest in the paintings rendered by the Khoikhoi and San bushmen of old, visitors to these areas often have an allied fascination with archaeology and may therefore be inclined to seek out those sites where they may combine their interests. An interest in the lives and traditions of local indigenous populations is also among the driving forces shared by many of those with a preference for cultural tourism. Considered together, these are all elements of our common heritage.
When exploring one’s roots, there is little doubt that anyone who may be looking for the best rock-art tours in South Africa could do no better than head for the country’s most northerly province of Limpopo. Here, on the tropic of Capricorn and on the Makgabeng Plateau in particular, visitors to this scenic location will also find adequate opportunities to indulge both their archaeological interests, perhaps with a with a visit to the ruins of an ancient settlement, or by taking the time to experience the typical village life of the local Hananwa people as well, should they desire to do so.
The Makgabeng Plateau, part of the much larger Vhembe Biosphere Reserve, is a source of many other attractions for the visitor to Limpopo. Here tourists are free to enjoy a rich variety of flora and fauna in their natural surroundings. In addition, the region is also a birder’s paradise with many species of raptor to observe, and boasts the largest remaining breeding colony of Cape vultures in the country. Hiking trails abound, while the nearby Blouberg Mountain Range offers its share of challenges for the keen climber.
Even if you are only looking for a place from which to embark on the best rock-art tours in South Africa, then you will need a base that is both convenient and comfortable. Situated on the plateau from which it derives its name, and commanding a superb view of the bushveld and the majestic Blouberg beyond, our Makgabeng Farm Lodge offers everything that the cultural tourist could possibly wish for.
Our lodge is exceptionally well-appointed, offering both thatched chalets and farmhouse suites on a full-board, bed and breakfast or self-catering basis. All rooms are air conditioned and include an en-suite bathroom/shower, fridge, and tea and coffee station, plus 8 DStv channels and internet access. The lodge conducts a variety of guided tours, both for those who are looking for the best rock art sites in South Africa and for those in search of a more contemporary experience with a chance to share in the local village life.