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Explore ancient rock art on a private guided trip from Cape Town

Duration: 10 hours
Destination: South Africa, Western Cape, Cape Town
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  • 10 hours
  • Cape Town
  • E-Voucher
  • Lowest Price
  • Not-Cancellable

Overview

As the founder of 'CapeTownOutside' I provide both day and multi-day private, guided trips to show you the intriguing pre-historic rock art of the San people - the first inhabitants of Southern Africa. These cave paintings are prolific in the Cederberg mountain conservancy about 3 hours from Cape Town. The Cederberg is also part of a UNESCO World Heritage Site for it exceptional plant biodiversity. The multi-day trips can be customised to suit your preferences. On the day trip we will walk an easy wilderness trail to view a series of remarkable rock art sites - many thousands of years old. This is one of the best open-air art galleries of late stone-age San rock art accessible from Cape Town. You will see the art in situ and learn about it and the people who painted it. This is a uniquely Southern African experience. It is an art, archaeology, cultural history, and African wilderness experience rolled into one. For inquiries search 'CapeTownOutside'.

Itinerary
This is a typical itinerary for this product

Pass By: Piekeniers Kloof, South Africa

We drive this mountain pass with great views over the Swartland landscape.

Stop At: Clanwilliam, Clanwilliam, Western Cape

We pass through Clanwilliam, one of South Africa's oldest towns.

Duration: 15 minutes

Pass By: Pakhuis Pass, R364 Between Citrusdal and Clanwilliam, Clanwilliam South Africa

We drive over this scenic mountain pass

Stop At: Cederberg, Cederberg, Western Cape

The rock art tour takes you to the Cederberg mountains outside Cape Town with spectacular scenery and rich biodiversity. The Cederberg is a nature conservancy and forms part of the Cape Floral Kingdom - a UNESCO World Heritage site for nature. As well as seeing the rock art, this is also a magnificent African wilderness experience.

Duration: 4 hours

Inclusions
  • Professional guide
  • Hotel pickup and drop-off (selected hotels only) in Cape Town only
  • permits

Exclusions
  • Gratuities
  • Food and drinks
  • Not wheelchair accessible
  • Children must be accompanied by an adult
  • Infants must sit on laps
  • No heart problems or other serious medical conditions
  • Travelers should have a moderate physical fitness level
  • This is a private tour/activity. Only your group will participate
  • Confirmation will be received within 48 hours of booking, subject to availability
Departure Point

53 Burg St, Cape Town City Centre, Cape Town, 8000, South Africa
Traveler pickup is offered
We can pick you up from your accommodation anywhere in the City of Cape Town.


Return Details

Returns to original departure point

Voucher info

You can present either a paper or an electronic voucher for this activity.

Duration

10 hours


User's Reviews

zoen783

09 Apr, 2020

I went on the two day trip, which included an overnight camping in the Cederberg Mountains. The rock art was extensive and beautiful, and the terrain, rock formations, caves and overhangs were equally stunning. Callan was great, and fun to travel with. He's an expert guide, generous in sharing his enthusiasm and extensive knowledge about the rock art, the geology, flora, and history of the area. Everything was provided, and Callan had thought of every detail, from providing walking sticks to bringing fruit for the drive, TP for the camp, and spices and napkins for our tasty roasted chicken and baked vegetables dinner (he was also a great cook), and flashlights for the tents which were equipped with very comfortable air mattresses. It was great having the two days. Highly recommend the whole experience.

spike_wavescape

04 Jun, 2019

Callan was the gracious host with a great array of unique knowledge about the San rock paintings that are not far from Cape Town. Humble and deprecatory, he was open to the many possible scenarios responsible for the leftover art we see on these rock walls today.

BarnieTy

04 Jun, 2019

I woudl thoroughly recommend the day trip to the Cederberg to see rock art - it really is a day well spent. The drive is long but the scenery and mountain passes we travelled through are awesome. Once you get to the bushmen cave art, Callan is a knowledgeable, professional and interesting guide. The rock art is fascinating and I found the experience really interesting and worthwhile.

TRatzer

25 Feb, 2019

Like everyone else here I also had a wonderful trip to the San Rock painting with Callan. He is a really nice guy and good company. He is very enthusiastic and he has a great knowledge about the paintings. I've been to Cape Town several times and this is definitely one of my best experiences :-) I look forward to going to another experience with him next time in Cape Town.

ernie_bert-reisen

05 Mar, 2023

Mein Mann und ich nahmen an einer von Callan geführten Zweitagestour in die Cederberg mountains teil. Die Kommunikation im Vorfeld gestaltete sich unkompliziert, die Abmachungen waren weitsichtig und verläßlich. Callan hat allumfassend für uns gesorgt und war ein spannender Gesprächspartner. Er ist ein hervorragender Organisator, sehr ortskundig und besitzt ein umfassendes Wissen rund um seine Passion, der Fels- und Höhlenmalerei der San und Khoekhoe. Auf der mehrstündigen Fahrt ins Gebirge erhalten wir bereits einiges an Information rund um die geografischen, geologischen und zum Teil daraus resultierenden siedlungstechnischen sowie historischen Besonderheiten der Gegend. An unserem ersten Ziel angekommen wandern wir durch eine fast unwirklich erscheinenden Felsenlandschaft mit zahllosen Malereien. Diese gilt es nun unter Callans Anleitung zu entdecken und zu verstehen. Wir hören von den unterschiedlichen Theorien rund um die faszinierenden, sehr unterschiedlich gestalteten mal gröberen und mal sehr kunstvoll, filigranen, berührenden Kunstwerke. Diese Kunstform fand tragischerweise nach einer 7000-jährigen Geschichte, mit der Unterjochung der San und Khoekhoe, vor ca. 300 Jahren ihr Ende. Nach einem erfrischenden Bad in einem Flußpool, übernachten wir in einem sehr sauberen und sehr gut ausgestatteten Bungalow inmitten des Nationalparks. Wir essen das köstliche Brai nachdem wir uns mittags auf die Mahlzeit geeinigt haben. Unter dem gigantischen Sternenhimmel werden wir langsam müde und schlafen in ausgesprochen bequemen Betten. Kaffee und Frühstück umgeben von klarer, unberührter Natur :) unbezahlbar. Mit nun bereits vorgeschulten ;) Augen besichtigen wir am zweiten Tag weitere Felsen und Höhlen. Ich bin tatsächlich ein wenig erstaunt, dass weder die zum Teil doch längeren Fahrten noch die Begehung weiterer Felsformationen und ihrer Malereien ihren Reiz verlieren, ganz im Gegenteil sogar. Alles in allem muss ich zugeben, dass dieses Erlebnis meine Erwartungen bei weitem übertroffen hat. Wir haben das Gefühl einen kurzen Blick hinter den Vorhang der Geschichte geworfen zu haben.

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Fascinating Journey into the Cederberg, and our past

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