Explore a unique and awe-inspiring World Heritage Site
Believed to be the site of first Creation by the Bushmen who painted more than 3500 rock paintings on its faces, it is no wonder why the Tsodilo Hills is considered sacred to locals. With luxury guided trips to this fascinating and unusual rock art site, you can venture out of your comfort zone – in comfort!
WHY VISIT TSODILO HILLS?
Your trip includes a professionally guided tour of the Hills, after which you can enjoy a delicious picnic under the trees.
There are walking trails – the Rhino Trail, Lion Trail and cliff Trail, and others. Exploring the three main Hills – Male, Female, and child – is a journey into antiquity. Archaeological research – ongoing for the past 30 years – estimates that Tsodilo has been inhabited for the past 100 000 years, making this one of the world’s oldest historical sites. Pottery, iron, glass beads, shell beads, carved bone and stone tools date back 90 000 years.
Rock paintings are nearly everywhere – representing thousands of years of human inhabitation, and are amongst the region’s finest, and most important. Two of the most famous images are the rhino polychromes and the Eland panel, the latter situated on a soaring cliff that overlooks the African wilderness. Indeed the inaccessibility of many of the paintings may be linked to their religious significance.
Although the closest you’ll get to a large mammal at Tsodilo Hills are the rock paintings, there is still plenty to see on your trip. For birders there are yellow billed hornbills, grey louries and Melba finches. You may also see the Tsodilo Gecko, which is unique to this area, along with kudu, steenbok and duiker antelopes. As with most of Botswana, there are always a few monkeys and baboons around to keep you entertained!
Enjoy the splendour of seasonal water lilies and the heady smell of papyrus beds rising out of crystal delta waters on our unmissable boat tours. With crocodiles and hippos along the way, there is always something special to see.
Back at the lodge, take a bush walk around the island with our expert guides and search for rare birds including the elusive Pel’s fishing owl and the beautiful Narina trogan. Discover why Xaro Lodge is a favourite destination for birders.