South African rock art is a precious historical asset. At Mhondoro Safari Lodge & Villa we are proud to offer a guided excursion to the two rock art sites located within Welgevonden Game Reserve. Both sites, named Onverwacht and Vanderwaltsdrift, contain layers of San Bushman ‘fine-line’ paintings, as well as later finger-painted images. The images date back hundreds of years, with the oldest paintings likely to be thousands of years old. It is suggested that the San moved around the Waterberg around 2500 years ago, followed later by the arrival of Bantu speaking tribes from West Africa, arriving to trade with their cattle and sheep, as well as grains.
Participants in the interpretive rock art excursion are accompanied by a qualified armed guide from Mhondoro, and will be required to walk about 500m to the rock art sites. Guests will view both rock art sites and learn more about the artists, the state of trance, why the paintings are painted in the different ways, and much more. The rock art excursion is included in the accommodation rate at Mhondoro as an optional part of the safari game drives. It may also be booked by day visitors by prior arrangement (subject to availability), including a bush picnic with cold drinks and house wine (at a cost of R 1 350 / € 93 * per person).