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The Oldest Hunters in Africa: uKhahlamba Drakensberg Park. ©NHK/UNESCO TV 2000
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The Oldest Hunters in Africa: uKhahlamba Drakensberg Park

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uKhahlamba

The uKhahlamba Drakensberg Park has exceptional natural beauty in its soaring basaltic buttresses, incisive dramatic cutbacks, and golden sandstone ramparts. Rolling high altitude grasslands, the pristine steep-sided river valleys and rocky gorges also contribute to the beauty of the site. The site's diversity of habitats protects a high level of endemic and globally threatened species, especially birds and plants. This spectacular natural site also contains many caves and rock-shelters with the largest and most concentrated group of paintings in Africa south of the Sahara, made by the San people over a period of 4,000 years. The rock paintings are outstanding in quality and diversity of subject and in their depiction of animals and human beings. They represent the spiritual life of the now extinct San people.

Place/country: South Africa
Series: NHK World Heritage 100
Type: Documentary
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Credits: NHK, producer. UNESCO WHC, co-producer ; UNESCO TV, co-producer.
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