It is also of great historical interest because of the graffiti which dates back to the 1800’s. It is rumoured that the Nationalist Party members met here to plan their 1948 victory which heralded the start of legislated apartheid. In support of this theory the names of some of the Nationalist Party members of the time are evident as graffiti on the walls, notably the name of Dr D. F. Malan, the then leader of the party and the first Nationalist Prime Minister of South Africa.
Gecko Creek Wilderness Lodge is a self catering Cederberg Accommodation camp on a 517 hectare private nature reserve that borders the 80,000 hectare Cederberg Reserve. Offering comfortable twin / double cabins and tents overlooking the valley, a cool Lapa for gathering and cooking as well as a fire warmed open air Boma , salt water swimming pool and stunning setting make this the ideal hub from which to explore the Cederberg.
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The paint is made from soft rock called ochre, coloured either red, maroon or yellow from the iron oxide. The ochre was ground between two stones and mixed with, water, blood and plant juices to make paint. Red ochre paint lasts well as it bonds with the rock. Paint brushes were made from animal hair, feathers and reeds.