Weekend Wanderings – Cedarberg Mountains, Rocks and Bushmen Paintings


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A few years back, on my first visit to the Cedarberg, I insisted that we try to find some of the original Bushman paintings which I learnt about in my Art History class in High School. After a VERRRRY long and slow journey along a never-ending dirt road (with a tired toddler, impatient husband and a low-slung GTi mind you) we eventually found the elusive paintings in the Stadsaal caves. And it was so worth it! What a find, and what a feeling to know that thousands of years before us a fellow family of explorers had made this their temporary home and decorated the walls with pictures of their favourite animal – elephants! Amazing to think that wild elephants roamed this part of the world. These are a few of my amateur pictures of their pictures… as well as the stunning Cedarberg Mountains and Rocks. And if you ever find yourself in the Cedarberg be sure to pay this site a visit but learn from our mistake and remember to pack a picnic lunch – there are no shops in this part of the world!!

images: Kathryn Rossiter

Kathryn Rossiter

Kathryn is a South African lifestyle blogger and mom of 2 who has been blogging daily for over 9 years! She writes about travel, health, beauty, fashion, decor and family... but not food (unless it's food she's eaten made by someone else) as she is a hopeless cook. She only wakes up early for 2 things... a red-eye flight to somewhere exotic and early morning game drives. She has just finished an extensive home renovation and would prefer to never see another box again. She's never met a chocolate or glass of bubbles that she didn't like!

3 Comments
  1. Oh, thank you Katherine. The pix are wonderful and presented is what is to me, the perfect way. Putting the viewer in the scene with view of surroundings and homing in step by step, to the objective. Great work! Now, even though I’d never previously heard or read about the Cedarberg Mountains, I’ve been there! Happiness. Of course I’d rather be able to wander in the area in person, but not likely for me in this lifetime.

    We have similar country here in Arizona in the US, and petro- & picto- glyphs galore though I’ve yet to see elephants, mammoths, mastodons etc. locally. They’re no doubt around, I’ve just not seen them yet; I know such magnificence abounds on the continent tho much of AZ was swampland in some eras and I question whether or not those big guys in your photos would care to spend much time wandering in way deep mud, Think the LaBrea Tar Pits in Los Angeles.

    You may have heard of The Petrified Forest, which is near here and of course our pride and pleasure, the Grand Canyon. Include much else in historic and prehistoric happenings in these parts and you’ll probably not wonder why so many of us love this state with it’s very wide open spaces and lack of conveniences in so many parts.

    Again, thank you for the photos, Katherine, Thank your husband for his forbearance and tell him he, his car, his child and wife made it all the way to Arizona. And BTW, thank your teacher for instilling a touch of wonder in her pupil, ultimately shared clear across the world. I do love the Internet.

  2. P.S. (not photoshop)

    It just occurred to me re-reading my email above that there is now a direct link across time and space between your San artists, your teacher, yourself and me, plus others along the way. Gives me chills in a very good way. Yes we are: Family.

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