Hermanus, Western Cape
Cradled amid the hills of the Hemel-en-Aarde (Heaven and Earth) valley,
Bouchard Finlayson is widely acclaimed as one of South Africa’s leading boutique wine cellars.
With a terroir defined by both ancient soils and a cool maritime climate, the vineyards of Bouchard Finlayson are famous for producing award-winning
Pinot Noir, elegant Chardonnay and terroir-driven Sauvignon Blanc, while inspired blends showcase the depth of skill and innovation in our winemaking team.
The Bouchard Finlayson cellar is conveniently located a scenic 90 minutes’ drive from Cape Town, close to the world-famous whale-watching centre of Hermanus.
The Bushmans Kloof rock art excursions have been selected as a MAKE TRAVEL MATTER® experience. Chosen for the positive impact it has on the traveller and the communities we explore, it directly advances the United Nations’ Global Goal 11 'Sustainable Cities and Communities' by preserving ancient traditional art, an important element of Bushmans Kloof's cultural heritage.
The San rock art of the Cederberg offers a fascinating glimpse into both the daily life and cultural traditions of this ancient nomadic people. Typically painted in sheltered overhangs, these intricate paintings are a vibrant record of this stone-age culture. The artists used ground ochre, animal blood and plant extracts to create their paint, with the passage of time evident in the fading of each pigment.
In the company of our expert guides, discover the remarkable history stained into these dramatic cliffs and rocky outcrops. From energetic hunts to shamanic visions and transformative dances, these sandstone galleries have so many stories to share.
Of the 130 rock art sites identified on the reserve, a handful stand out for their enormous contribution to our understanding of the depth and diversity of San rock art.
Fallen Rock is one of the undoubted highlights, and the walls here contain a large well preserved collection of images unique in the entire Pakhuis region. Named for an enormous slab of fallen sandstone, deposits of ash, sand and grass suggest that this was once a dwelling site for local San.
At Elephant Hunt the metaphorical nature of San rock art is clearly visible, while at Bleeding Nose guides will explain why the images here suggest that this was a site of shamanic importance.
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