Sevilla Rock Art Trail

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Winding alongside the Brandewyn River in the Cedarberg region of the Western Cape, the 4 km long Sevilla Rock Art Trail incorporates nine rock art sites, providing intriguing insight into the lives of the San people who lived in the area for thousands of years.

While there is still some debate about the age of the rock art, the latest dating techniques claim the different sites are between 8,000 and 800 years old. The experience of walking the trail is a treat for history buffs and nature lovers alike as the area is home to springbok, eland, dassies, baboons and a host of bird species, while the indigenous flora is a delight to see, particularly in spring and early summer.

Visitors to the Sevilla Rock Art Trail must obtain a permit from the Traveller’s Rest farm stall, where they will receive a leaflet with details on each of the nine rock art sites. The trail is self-guided, with white painted boot-prints showing the way. Visitors will note that some of the images appear to have been painted on top of older images, a practice that makes dating the paintings accurately a challenge. While some paintings depict scenes of daily life and the animals the people encountered, others are thought to depict spiritual rituals.

Odd dinosaur-shaped creatures are found at one of the sites, while paintings of headless animals at another site can only be viewed by lying down and looking upward as they are painted on the underside of a rock shelf. A row of generously proportioned dancing figures adorn a flat cave wall, while hunters on the move and the animals they are pursuing are found on another. Handprints and seemingly random daubs of paint are also featured.

Tools of the trade used by San artists most likely included the indigenous reed-like grass growing throughout the Cederberg region, while ochre, charcoal and blood served as paint, with plant sap adding to its durability. There are approximately 2,500 rock painting scattered throughout the Cederberg, many on private land.

The Sevilla Rock Art Trail presents an interesting collection of San artwork, in beautiful surroundings, making it a worthwhile excursion when exploring this region of the Western Cape.

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Gerald Crawford

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  1. Traveller’s Rest Farm is 34 km from Clanwilliam on the Wupperthal road, over the spectacular Pakhuis Pass, in an area with ruggedly beautiful landscapes and fascinating rock formations. Discover a place where you can truly enjoy the wide open spaces, the fascinating and surprisingly varied plant and animal life, the rich legacy of the San, inspiring night skies, and so much more.

    In this area with its long and rich history, Haffie Strauss and her son, Dr Frikkie Strauss, farm with granadillas, cattle, sheep, rooibos tea and sutherlandia (kankerbos). The latter being in great demand due to its unique medicinal qualities.

    Haffie was born and raised on the farm and pioneered the provision of holiday accommodation in the Agter-Pakhuis area. The name, Traveller’s Rest emanated from passing travellers who used to span out here by the river to water their horses and oxen, as well as to rest, before tackling the very steep Pakhuis Pass to the West, or the dry Karoo to the North-East. This was long before the self-catering cottages and restaurant were built.

    The most unique experience to be enjoyed at Traveller’s Rest, is to have a fascinating visit to the world of the San, beautifully displayed in the rock art sites they left behind. They inhabited this area for thousands of years.

    Contact us

    Tel:

    +27 27 482 1824 (International)

    027 482 1824 (Local)

    Fax: +27 86 566 5493 (International)

    086 566 5493 (Local)

    Traveller’s Rest
    PO Box 264
    Clanwilliam
    8135

  2. Our self-catering accommodation options cater for various tastes and budgets, including 3-star rated cottages with satellite TV and air-conditioning, a converted farmhouse, rustic wooden houses, mobile homes, caravans and camping.

    A tranquil setting offers hiking trails, gentle walks, horse riding, excellent bird watching and picturesque blankets of wild spring flowers among the unique Cape fynbos. Of special interest are some very well preserved San rock paintings which can be seen in the various caves and overhangs along the hiking trails.

    Water levels in Bulshoek dam are kept fairly constant throughout the year, making it ideal for water-sports enthusiasts. Power-boating, skiing, canoeing and outstanding bass and carp fishing are all popular pastimes here.

    Nature-lovers will really appreciate the diversity of fauna and flora. Baboons, porcupine, steenbok, klipspringer, meerkat and otters are frequently spotted. Higher up in the surrounding mountains, hikers often encounter spoor of the Cape leopard, but due to the secretive nature of this cat, very few can count themselves amongst the lucky few to have seen this magnificent animal! Several species of raptors nest on the nearby cliffs – visitors to “Kloofhuis” can sit on the front porch and observe a pair of black eagles on their nest.

    Langkloof farm, on which our resort is situated is a working farm with goats, cattle and various crops. Most children thoroughly enjoy assisting in bottle-feeding the lambs during lambing season (June-July).

    Deist Basson on:
    Telephone: 082 778 9959
    Alternative telephone: 072 124 7747

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