Tsodilo Hills

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Visitors on safari in Botswana will discover Botswana is primarily a flat country. The four Tsodilo hills are the only hills for thousands of kilometers in the Kalahari Desert. It seems inevitable that these hills would be a place of spirituality for local people.

 

Today, the Tsodilo Hills are a UNESCO World Heritage site for the rock art paintings found in the hills. Travel writer Lawrence van der Post’s called Tsodilo, ‘a great fortress of living bushman culture, a Louvre of the desert filled with treasure’.The hills have been frequented by humans for over 60,000 years. The hills are sacred to the San people and there are over 2000 rock paintings scattered throughout the hills.

 

Visitors must take guides with them when they take to the trails and search out the rock paintings. Many people feel the spirituality about the place. They are moved by the ancient depictions of animals, including images of whales which is unusual as the coast is thousands of kilometres away in Namibia.

 

Access: How to get to Tsodilo Hills

A visit to the Tsodilo Hills is best combined with a trip to the Okavango Delta and the Caprivi Strip. The hills lie to the northwest of the Okavango, about 6 hours drive from Maun

 

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