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Introduction To Tsodilo Hills

In northwestern Botswana, rises one of the best rock paintings destinations in Africa. The Tsodilo dubbed as the “Mountains of the Gods” in San culture and also the “Bracelet of God”. A UNESCO World Heritage Site, Tsodilo is one of the highest points in Botswana as a relatively flat country, and a peculiar place shrouded with mystic and fascinating history. Tsodilo Hills got its name from the Hambukushu word 'sorile', which means "sheer." There are four main hills, the highest of which is at 400 metres, the male hill. The three main hills are referred to as male, female, child, and the fourth is named as the grandchild. Tsodilo is the ''Louvre of the Desert'' as it has a record of 4500 ancient rock paintings, many of which were painted by San people with a few by Bantu speaking Hambukushu tribe. The Tsodilo Hills is renowned as one of the world’s most famous rock art locations. It features paintings that are dated thousands of years ago. It is a perfect place to supplement your African safari in Botswana with its ancient, religious and spiritual significance held most sacred by the San people.

Tsodilo offers majestic hills emerging from the serene Kalahari Desert. The Kalahari is full of San culture myths and legends as the original birthplace of man. It is the abode of the serpent-monster, and the final resting place of the gods. The spirits of the deceased rest there too. The male hill - the biggest rock is where the first spirit knelt and prayed after creation. The water near the hills is sacred and bestows a sizeable fortune to those who use it. The smaller hill, the child is from the first wife of the male hill abandoned for a younger woman. This culture-rich Botswana safari in Tsodilo has attracted historians and archaeologists from all over the world. Most of the paintings are located at the female hill with the famous “Whale”, Two Rhinos and the Lion”. There are numerous other paintings that can be challenging to find thus the need for a local and experienced rock paintings guide who can share the history of the Tsodilo and show paintings whereabouts. Rock art paintings Botswana safaris to Tsodilo Hills brings one to the core of an ancient world where you can feel the pure essence of life thousands of years ago. Archaeological explorations have found ancient tools and personal items dating 90000 years back from shell beads, iron, carved bone pottery, glass beads to stone tools. Due to its historical and cultural significant, UNESCO crowned Tsodilo Hills in December 2001 as a World Cultural Heritage site. tsodilohills


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