Things To Do in Cathedral PeakDidima Rock Art Centre
Where? Didima Camp, Cathedral Peak, Drakensberg, KwaZulu Natal
When? Open daily from 08h00 to 16h00.
Show times at 09h00; 10h00; 11h00; 12h00 and 15h00.
How? Call +27 (0)36 488-8025
How much? Price on request
'The Khoi San, once known as Bushmen, were an indigenous people that inhabited South Africa’s deserts, plains and mountains, living off the bounteous produce of the land. These ones left behind them clues and remnants of their utensils and implements, which provide amazing insights into their beliefs, customs and ways of life. The Didima Gorge Rock Art Centre examines and celebrates the incredible culture and heritage left behind by these folk as it showcases the beautiful rock art that remains as testimony to these ones.
Didima is situated in the KwaZulu-Natal Province of South Africa, deep in the heart of the world-renowned Drakensberg Mountain Range. With Cathedral Peak as its neighbour, it is fairly remote and requires some planning to visit. However, the drive is well worth it, as visitors get to see some of the most important rock art left behind, and to learn about the peaceable Khoi San people.
Some of the images show half-human half-animal creatures wielding weapons, which have roused plenty of interest and even more theories. These mysterious images, and other less abstract ones, have been created using a range of media. These include egg white, ochre, gall and blood. So, the Khoi San used what was available to them to convey the focus on the mystic and ethereal that so characterises their culture.
The sandstone cliffs, verdant gorges, and towering mountain range make for breath-taking vistas all around the museum. The Didima Gorge Rock Art Centre includes an exhibition hall, an auditorium and a preview room; giving the visitors an all-round peek into the South Africa of yesteryear. The surrounding area is renowned for its exquisite flora, and here are a number of exciting outdoor-oriented activities in the Drakensberg, which are a must for those visiting Didima.