Things To Do in HimevilleBushman Rockart Hike
Where? 14 Gum Tree Avenue, Himeville, Drakensberg
When? Booking essential. Stuart is often up the mountains so please leave a message.
How? Call +27 (0)82 742-6981
How much? Price on request
More? See website
A 6 hour hike with Stuart McLean (birding expert) to the Khanti paintings in the uKhahlamba Drakensberg Park.
The hike to 'The Marching Men' takes you on a moderate to steep climb of 300m over 7km into the Park where you can expect to have breathtaking views, cross small streams and grasslands with eland herds, mountain reedbuck, baboons - 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 'Marching Men'. the reason for such an accumulation of men has led to various theories about its meaning, from migrations to spiritual gatherings.
Also of interest are the birds, while botanical enthusiasts will enjoy the great variety of plants growing in the area.
After enjoying your picnic lunch and the hike downhill, the brave-hearted can jump the 30m waterfall at the Sani Pass Hotel before returning to the car park.
Be sure to bring hiking shoes, sun block, a small backpack with packed lunch and warm clothing.
The hike is a good way to stretch the legs after having done the Sani Pass 4x4 trip the day before. Three nights in the area will give you time to explore, Cedar Garden is recommended.