Khanti Bushman Painting Hike

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A six-hour hike with renowned birding expert Stuart McLean to the Khanti Bushman paintings in the uKhahlamba Drakensberg Park near Himeville and Sani Pass.

This hike to ‘The Marching Men’ paintings takes you on a moderate to steep climb of 300m over
7km into the uKhahlamba Drakensberg Park, where you can expect to hike for about three hours. Breathtaking views, small streams, grasslands, Eland herds, Mountain Reedbuck and Baboons make this a rewarding hike to the overhang with its spectacular panel of Bushman paintings.

The panel comprises a collection of polychrome Eland images and numerous human figures, as well as a few other animals mostly in monochrome. While red oxide pigment dominates, a few charcoal figures are also present.

The large number of male human figures has given rise to the name ‘The Marching Men’. The reason for such an accumulation of men has led to various theories about its meaning, from migrations to spiritual gatherings. With research largely narrowing the direction of thought, most of the paintings tend to reflect the Bushman’s spiritual realm in some form.

After enjoying lunch and a two-hour hike downhill, the brave hearted can jump the 30m waterfall at the Sani Pass Hotel before returning to the car park.

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