The Tsodilo Hills in remote north western Botswana are a fabled destination, of great mythical import to the San Bushmen and the first place in Botswana to be declared a UNESCO World Heritage Site. The major reason is the presence of several ancient Bushman rock art sites, similar to those found in the Savute area and much admired by African traveller and writer, Sir Laurens Van Der Post. There are hundreds of paintings in total, vividly detailing the ancient San peoples’ interaction with animals and the harsh, arid conditions in which they battled to survive.
Botswana’s highest point is roughly a one hour drive from Nxamaseri, with full day guided expeditions on offer to admire the paintings and explore this harsh, semi-desert wilderness which feels a million miles from the lush waterways of the Panhandle. Spending time here searching for the paintings along marked trails really evokes a sense of the rich history of the area and the challenges that faced indigenous communities centuries ago. Excursions from Nxamaseri must be booked with us in advance, and we would highly recommend you do so if you are spending anything longer than a night in the Panhandle.