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Historic Site in Tsodilo Hills

Tree of True Knowledge

This odd-looking tree, near a small pool at the start of the Rhino Trail on Female Hill, was described to Laurens van der Post as the Tree of True Knowledge by the San guide who led him there. According to the guide…
Landmark in Tsodilo Hills

Horned Serpent Natural Cistern

Cliff Trail passes an amazing natural cistern (in a rock grotto near the northwestern corner of Female Hill), which has held water year-round for as long as anyone can remember. The San believe this natural tank is …
Historic Site in Tsodilo Hills

Dancing Penises

Directly across from the hollow on the southeastern side of Female Hill, one of the few Tsodilo paintings containing human figures depicts a dancing crowd of sexually excited male figures – Alec Campbell, the foremo…
Historic Site in Tsodilo Hills

Zebra Painting

One of the most fascinating paintings is the zebra painting on a small outcrop north of Female Hill. This stylised equine figure is now used as the logo of Botswana National Museum and Monuments. It lies beyond the …
Historic Site in Tsodilo Hills

Whale & Penguin Painting

On the southeast corner of Female Hill, and accessible along the Rhino Trail, look for the amazing whale and penguin paintings that suggest an intriguing link between the early San and the Namibian coast.
Cave in Northwestern Botswana

Gcwihaba (Drotsky’s) Cave

In 1932 a group of San showed Gcwihaba (meaning ‘Hyena’s Hole’) to a farmer named Martinus Drotsky, who humbly decided to name the cave after himself. Legend also has it that the fabulously wealthy Hendrik Matthys v…
Ruins in Tsodilo Hills

Divuyu Village Remains

An adjunct to the Rhino Trail is a short but hazardously rocky climb along what is sometimes called the Divuyu Trail, leading to the scattered remains of Divuyu village.
Historic Site in Tsodilo Hills

Rhino & Giraffe Painting

On the southeast corner of Female Hill, around the corner and to the west of the whale and penguin painting, the rhino and giraffe painting portrays a rhino family and an authentic-looking giraffe.
Historic Site in Tsodilo Hills

Laurens van der Post's Panel

An adjunct to the Rhino Trail is a short but hazardously rocky climb along what is sometimes called the Divuyu Trail, leading to Laurens van der Post’s Panel, which contains elands and giraffes.
Historic Site in Tsodilo Hills

Origin of Sex Painting

The partially marked Cliff Trail goes past the unassuming site known as the ‘Origin of Sex’ painting, around the northern end of Female Hill and into a deep and mysterious hidden valley.