Things To Do in BadplaasView Rock Art at Nkomazi
Where? Nkomazi Game Reserve, Tjakastad Road, Badplaas, 1190, Grass & Wetlands Region, Mpumalanga, South Africa
When? By arrangement.
How? Call +27 (0)41 509-3000
How much? Price on request
More? See website
Throughout the reserve, rock art sites dating back more than 3000 years depicting the spiritual beliefs and the lives of the San are found.
During their travels, members of the tribe would congregate around a communal fire, weaving stories and celebrating the gift of life. The Shaman would meditate through rhythmic dancing, singing and clapping and while in a trance like state, receive visions and guidance. This medicine man would ensure the well being of the tribe, protecting them from evil and sickness, predicting the future and ensuring good hunting rains. These experiences of the Shaman were communicated to the tribe in the form of the rock art seen today.
The various sites that were chosen were also very symbolic, the rock depicting the medium between the different realms the Shaman had travelled in his trance like state. Rock was the medium where three worlds met: the world as we know it, the world above and the world below.
Ingredients used for the paint consisted of red ochre, animal bones, coal and aloe sap. The sap and protein in egg and blood have the ability to preserve the art that exists today.
The highlight of a day in paradise is a guided walk to view some of the rock art that abounds in and around Komati Tented Lodge. Please arrange this with your Ranger.