PAST EVENT Heritage Day walk to Sibudu

Wednesday, 24 Sept 2014
Meet 9am ~ Tongaat
(allow 1 hr drive from Dbn)
R50 Advance Booking & Payment Essential for more info and to book

LifeLong Learning would like to show you that in this part of Africa early humans developed tools and techniques that enabled our ancestors to survive on this continent and to migrate from it to other environments.

This walk led by Derek Nicholson will leave from the Tongaat Hulett secure parking, through cane fields and through riverside vegetation going west to reach the site. Expect to cross the river at least twice either on stepping stones or by wading (depends when rains come) and then a climb of some 20 metres on rocks to reach the site. Wear suitable footware and bring along a sturdy walking stick for assistance. Water, refreshments, hat and sunscreen advised.

The site is not open to the public but we have AMAFA permission to take walkers there on Heritage Day.  Arrangements have been made with Tongaat Hulett for use of their parking and toilet facilities


PAST EVENT : CHILDREN’S INTERACTIVE WORKSHOP : The World's Oldest Bed and other Discoveries

Where: Durban Botanic Gardens, main entrance

When: Saturday, 12 July 2014

Times: Every hour on the hour, starting at 9am

Cost: R20 per child plus R30 per adult wishing to see the film

A family booking done online and paid in advance benefits from 50% discount

For just R20 children can enjoy one hour of activities based on the life of people who lived at Sibudu 77000 years ago

  • Watch the ancient people (actors) at work
  • Sit on a replica of the oldest bed
  • Make shell bead necklaces
  • Practice hafting with acacia gum and twine
  • Use sedge to make a mat
  • Try out red ochre body paint
  • Colouring pictures of ancient people

For Parents: Archaeologists have been excavating at Sibudu Caves, near Tongaat in KZN since late 1990’s.  They have discovered layer upon layer of evidence of human habitation in this sandstone cliff rock shelter, with finds that include the oldest bed (made of sedge and leaves); the oldest arrow hafted with glue; stone blades; pierced shells and red ochre. See from the 2011 film what archaeologist say about this rock shelter and why it deserves world heritage status.

Film Showing : R30, on the hour every hour, starting at 9:15am




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