Botswana’s hidden treasure: A photo essay on Tsodilo
Barbara Maregele on November 25, 2016 — Surrounded by the majestic Kalahari sandveld in Botswana, the Tsodilo Hills is one of Africa’s most preserved Bushman rock art and cave sites.
Tsodilo Hills in Botswana. Photo: Flickr/josecito312
Tsodilo Hills is home to some of the earliest markings of human existence. It provides unique illustrated records of human settlement over thousands of years.
Situated near the Namibian Border, the Tsodilo Hills were declared a UNESCO World Heritage Site in 2001. It estimates that Tsodilo Hills contains an estimated total of 4500 rock paintings mostly depicting animals and hunters.
The site, which consists of four main hills, also holds great cultural significances for the indigenous San and the Hambukushu people of the Kalahari. The site also shows evidence of an ancient lake at the foot of hills. This rich heritage site is definitely one to visit.
Here are some amazing photos from Tsodilo Hills:
Ancient rock art at Tsolido Hills in Botswana. Photo: Flickr/Dennis Polter
A group of indigenous San people gathering food in the Kalahari. Photo: Flickr/Seánan Forbes
Ancient rock art at Tsodilo Hills. Photo: Flickr/ Stephen Clarkson
Cliff surface at Tsodilo Hills in the shape of Africa. Photo: Flickr/Ben Lai
Tourist Alan Doherty compares his hand to ancient hand painting at Tsodilo Hills. Photo: Flickr/ Alan Doherty
Iconic white painting of an elephant found mostly at the Male Hill at Tsodilo. Photo: Flickr/ Stefania Merlo
This ancient site attracts hundreds of tourists every year. The lodge is situated just a few metres from the foot of the hills. Photo: Flickr/ Søren Vinding
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