Tsodilo – Mountain of the Gods
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We make a brief stop at the famous Baines Baobabs – mighty Baobab trees in the middle of one of Botswana’s pans (a dry lake). The site is spectacular and peaceful, and we share it with a lone elephant who does not like the Jeep too much.
The Tsodilo Hills in the extreme North West of Botswana are a UNESCO world heritage site where two small rocky mountains rise up out of the flat barren landscape. An obvious meeting point for thousands of years, the mountains are covered in rock art and ancient artifacts.
We arrive early in the morning and tour the Rhino Trail with an extremely friendly and knowledgeable guide. The rock art is very well preserved and beautiful, and hearing stories of the old days is very moving.
A highlight is a painting of a whale and penguin – and indication that the inhabitants here made the trek all the way to the Coast in Namibia and back, something that must have been a Herculean effort.
The entire site is pristine and beautiful, I am really happy to have spent time here.