uKhahlamba Drakensberg Park

Unesco declared the uKhahlamba Drakensberg Park in KwaZulu Natal a World Heritage Site in 2000. The park is 240 000 hectares large and is filled with beautiful rivers, wetlands, indigenous forests, grasslands, valleys and cliffs. Many endangered animal and plant species live there.

The park also has some of the most beautiful rock paintings in the world. There are 30 000 painted images in 520 rock shelters and many experts use the area to study the history of the people who painted the pictures. Most of the paintings were made about 4 000 years ago by the San people and show different animals, people and many other subjects. They represent the spiritual life of the San, who don't live in the area anymore.

The uKhahlamba Drakensberg Park was declared a World Heritage Site because it is the largest group of rock paintings south of the Sahara Dessert in Africa and because so many different subjects appear. The San people lived in the area for nearly 4 000 years and the paintings tell us a great deal about their way of life and what they believed in.