uKhahlamba / Drakensberg Park (2000)
South Africa

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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 San people who no longer live in this region. 

South Africa 1978. Drakensberg. South Africa 1988. Settlers crossing Drakensberg.
In its justification for inscription the UNESCO states that the rock art of the Drakensberg is the largest and most concentrated group of rock paintings in Africa south of the Sahara and is outstanding both in quality and diversity of subject. Criterion iii The San people lived in the mountainous Drakensberg area for more than four millennia, leaving behind them a corpus of outstanding rock art which throws much light on their way of life and their beliefs. 
  • South Africa 2005. Rock Paintings at Drakensberg. The stamp is NVI (No Value Indicated), and meant for standard postage. 

South Africa 2005. Rock Paintings at Drakensberg.

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