On the outskirts of Kimberley in the Northern Cape, South Africa, is a community-based public rock art project, the Wildebeest Kuil Rock Art Centre.
"You can connect here with the past in a new and deeply spiritual way" - SA Tourism head Cheryl Carolus. For South African San Institute CEO, Meryl-Joy Wildschut, a visit here had been "a moment of extreme pride."
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San and Khoe people, researchers and other stakeholders joined together to conserve the engravings here - more than 200 are spread over a small hill. A visit here can be a deeply moving experience, and an informative one for school groups. The site, surrounded by land owned by the !Xun and Khwe San people, is on a servitude set aside for rock art conservation and public access. Our rock art custodians/guides will help make your visit special. The experience begins at a visitor centre, where there are displays, and an auditorium with a twenty minute introductory film. The 800 m walk-way weaves up and over the hill via a number of information boards. Your guides will provide commentary and will answer your questions. On your return, the shop at the Centre has art and craftwork from the !Xun and Khwe community. Rock art and related books also available. Facilities (auditorium, kitchen, etc) may be hired for small conferences/workshops/end-of-year functions.
Contact details, opening times:
Telephone at the site: 053-8337069; or enquiries at 082 2224777 [+27 82 2224777]. Postal address: Wildebeest Kuil Rock Art Centre, P.O. Box 316, Kimberley, 8300, South Africa. Email: firstname.lastname@example.org
The site is open 09:00 to 16:00 Monday to Friday and weekends/public holidays by appointment (Enquiries tel 082 2224777).
Special school and tour visits could be scheduled outside normal opening hours, by prior arrangement.
Your guide at Wildebeest Kuil is
WILDEBEEST KUIL ROCK ART CENTRE ENTRANCE FEES:
Our tariffs are: R25 for adults and R12 for children. For school groups R9/child.
Shop: San craftwork for sale and purchased to the benefit of !Xun and Khwe crafters and artists. Books. CDs. Posters.
LISTEN TO COMMENTARY ON WILDEBEEST KUIL IN THE KHWE LANGUAGE:
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Wq0iqEWtA6U&noredirect=1AND IN THE !XUN LANGUAGE:
A SHORT FEATURE FROM PALAEONTOLOGIST NONHLAHLA VILAKAZI'S BLOG ON A VISIT TO WILDEBEEST KUIL:
Wildebeest Kuil « African Origins
See also: http://www.africanorigins.co.za/?m=201010
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