Are you fascinated by history and the distant past, as are so many other people? This interest often begins with the immediate preceding generation of one’s family members, the way they lived and their perceived lack of latter-day modern amenities.
Young children will sit enthralled for ages, listening to a parent’s tales of their own and their parents’ childhood experiences. Scholars usually have a favourite historical era and/or culture to which they’re drawn. Usually they don’t know why; some may even speculate about so-called past lives.
Rock Art Gives Us a Glimpse into Mankind’s Heritage
Could they possibly have lived before, in that time and place, amongst those people? Many scientists and various religious leaders don’t believe that this is possible, and yet there are people who report the contrary because of their own personal experiences.
Believe what you will. It does not change the fact that human beings have a lively curiosity about their heritage and the origin of the species – Homo sapiens. We want to know where we came from, what we did at the time, where we went, and how or why we changed. The rock art of Limpopo’s Makgabeng Plateau gives one a window into a vital part of southern African heritage and history.
Scientists only believe that which they can prove by verifiable scientific methods, or that which they and others can see. “Seeing is believing” we’ve been told for ages and ages. We’re also told that you have to know where you’ve been in order to know where you’re going, as well as “history repeats itself”.
Much of what is universally accepted as fact, plus man’s knowledge about human heritage and history, is due to the work of scientists, explorers, historians, archaeologists, anthropologists, surviving relics and rock art paintings.
The African continent is rich in evidence of human heritage, ancient practices and lifestyles long gone. In Egypt, we have the pyramids. Further south, one finds the mysterious Great Zimbabwe ruins.
Rich Rock Art Sites
South Africa is particularly rich in heritage sites, such as the Mapungubwe National Park, the Cradle of Mankind, the Sterkfontein Caves, and the excellent rock art of the Cederberg, Northern Cape, Drakensberg, Soutpansberg and Makgabeng Plateau.
Of all these sites, Makgabeng is particularly important. In addition to featuring awesome rock art, the Makgabeng Plateau is reported to contain “the earliest evidence for terrestrial life” and the “earliest fossil desert”. However, these latter finds are of more significance to the scientific community, whilst the rock art has immense universal appeal.
Gateway to Rock Art Heritage
Makgabeng Farm Lodge, the gateway to the plateau and its artworks, is the ideal place to stay when you wish to undertake a rock art tour, which is an absolute “must do” when touring in the area. Actually, the rock art tours here are so fascinating, that it’s well worth your while to make the trip, primarily to visit the lodge and view the rock art, if nothing else.
The plateau is said to contain in excess of 890 rock art paintings that depict various periods and people who occupied the territory – the San, Khoikhoi, Hananwa and Sotho.
The Makgabeng Farm Lodge offers a selection of comfy accommodation options, modern facilities, warm hospitality and delicious home-cooked meals (if required), the perfect base for undertaking several rock art tours and experiencing all the other attractions of the area.