A trip to the Kingdom of Swaziland evokes ideas of adventure, excitement and action; the smallest country in Africa delivers with big hospitality, wonderful weather and amazing tourist attractions. Visitors to this part of the world arrive ready to soak up the vibrant culture, rich heritage and deep history – this is very much apparent in the Nsangwini Community where the Nsangwini Bushman paintings can be viewed. According to history, the first Bantu-speaking people arrived in Nsangwini around 450 AD from the north and used the caves as a site for their sacred rain-making ceremonies.
The Bushman paintings offer a unique glimpse into the Bantu people’s lives and they are quite intriguing as they are mysterious and secretive; the top row of figures, seemingly in a trance dance state, appear to be entering some kind of power world through a crack in the rock to their right. These paintings constantly enthrall eager onlookers, with dedicated historians and anthropologists keen to observe and study this incredible tribute to a former way of life.
The caves are managed by the Nsangwini Community, with trained guides on hand to lead visitors through the rock art and interpret the paintings; the guides are friendly and willing to answer any question posed to them. The community takes reservations for the tours, has a reception, and orientation office at the start of the trail, with all of its profits re-invested into the community. For an educational and historical experience you won’t soon forget, head over to the Nsangwini Community and enjoy the incredible Bushman paintings on display.