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Protected Area Tsodilo Hills (World Heritage Site)

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Located in Botswana :: Okavango/Moremi  :: Tsodilo Hills
Category: Protected Areas :: Protected Area


With one of the highest concentrations of rock art in the world, Tsodilo has been called the ''Louvre of the Desert''. Over 4 500 paintings are preserved in an area of only 10kmĀ² of the Kalahari Desert and Tsodilo Hills have been declared a World Heritage Site in 2002. Most of these paintings were done by the San people of the Kalahari (the Bushmen). They believe the hills are a resting place for the spirits of the deceased and that these spirits will cause misfortune and bad luck if anyone hunts or causes death near the hills. The San people believe these hills to be the site of first Creation; therefore they are referred to by human attributes - male, female, child and grandchild. The exact age of the paintings is not known although some are thought to be more than 20 000 years old. The archaeological record of the area gives a chronological account of human activities and environmental changes over at least 100 000 years. The Tsodilo Hills are located in the northwest of Botswana, close to the Okavango Delta and near the Namibian border. The hills can be reached via a good graded dirt road and are about 40km from Shakawe.

The local communities revere Tsodilo as a place of worship and as a home for ancestral spirits. Its water holes and hills are revered as a sacred cultural landscape, by the Hambukushu and San communities.Today, local churches and traditional doctors travel to Tsodilo for prayers and medication. Most visitors arrive for religious reasons.

Address :  Okavango/Moremi, Botswana
Contact :  Tsodilo Community Trust
Tel :  +267 680 0419

Rates and Payment
Fee/s :  Entry costs BWP50pp, and a guided walk along the Rhino Trail (the shortest and most popular option) BWP120pp. Guiding fees go up the longer the trail.

Destination Information
Lodging Camping Airstrip

Tours and Excursions Hiking Trails Guided Walks Photography
More Activities :  Tours of the rock paintings. Walking trails.
Notes on Activities :  (Some activities may be offered nearby).

Travelling Information

Self Drive Access :  Yes
Vehicle Type :  4WD


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