Thendele Travel Guide

  • Things to Do
    by christine06

Thendele Things to Do

  • by christine06 Written Jul 11, 2010

    I was recently at Thendele which is right under the amphitheatre which must be one of the most photographed peaks of the Drakensburg. There are several stunning walks to go on and the chalets are well equiped and have amazing views.

    One of the things we noticed on our way out was a sign about Bushmen paintings. We stopped and discovered that you had to pay to see them (all the other walks are free) but this was because in the past people had vandalised the paintings. The cost was minimal and we also got a guide to take us there. Our guide was Mduduzi Shabalala. He lives the village nearby and explained to us about his village and his culture such as about the round Zulu huts typical of the area. He is a qualified guide and will also take groups on the several longer overnight hikes which sleep in caves or huts along the way and on cultural visits to the Zulu villages. When we got to the paintings we could see how people had vandalised them but luckily there were several that were undamaged. Mduduzi explained to us how the Bushmen painted them, how they made the paint and about the meaning of the paintings. What he said was so interesting and the paintings would have been meaningless without his explainations. In the beginning we were a bit annoyed that we had to pay but actually, in the end, we were really glad that we had had a guide.

    If you would like to contact Mduduzi for more infomation on the hikes in the area and the overnight hikes, here are his details.

    cell: 071 343 2073 or 073 034 9573
    email: mdumiles@vodamail.co.za

    Related to:
    • National/State Park
    • Hiking and Walking
    • Horse Riding

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