Driekops Eiland

In Adventures, Articles by Glyn Demmer4 Comments

This is one of those mystical places that you have to get out of your system. After hearing the well-known artist Willem Boshoff describing the site on 702 I knew I had to go there.

Well first things first, I needed to find out where exactly the place was but with Google Earth and Google it’s a no brainer. Soon I had the location on the Riet River near Plooysburg in the Northern Cape and a reservation in Kimberley the nearest large town, thereafter after a few calls and e-mails the Mc Gregor Museum in Kimberley provided contact details of the landowner Mr Ben du Plessis. We left early one Friday morning stopping only in Stilfontein for coffee and checked in at our hotel around lunchtime.

After some local sightseeing we headed across to Plooysburg and met Ben near the site, he took us across the veld and we drove down to the river bed where the engravings are, Ben was extremely genial and showed us around before leaving us to our own devices. Perhaps from a photographic perspective we may have left it a bit late as the light was soon obscured behind trees, ever mindful of Ben’s warning re the danger of cobras and puff adders we traipsed through the veld viewing the various engravings, the one set comprised mainly geometric shapes while the other rock had mixed shapes and animals.

Although a site of archeological and historical importance a lot more could be done, the river has flooded and many engravings are hidden under sand, which needs to be carefully removed to expose their beauty to the public.

Some engravings are only visible when the sun is at a certain angle, we viewed a Rhino but when I returned with a camera we were not able to find it. Never the less the photos in the gallery show the beauty of the little spot and the engravings done thousands of years ago! It’s a spectacular rock art site the large glaciated rocks are home to 100’s of engravings of animals.

People and shapes, researchers have catalogued in excess or 3500! I am not going to be complex about the origins and makeup of the tribes that engraved the rocks, I will rather pay homage to the mystical beauty of the site they chose ,as we watched the sun set and the shadows gre one could almost feel their presence, perhaps happy that they have left a legacy and a place in Africa that has significant meaning. One can find a great deal of information via the Mc Gregor Museum in Kimberley or on Google.

I would love to go back and catch the rocks in the right light, yet there are so many other places that I still have to visit…so little time, life is short!

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