Botswana :Kuru Museum and Cultural Centre | Manyana Rock Paintings | Matsieng Foot Prints

Botswana tourist attractions

  • KURU MUSEUM AND CULTURAL CENTRE

Situated in Ghanzi district in D’kar village, the Kuru cultural museum and centre is a cultural rendezvous of sorts where natives come to share their traditions and cultures. There is a museum at the centre where Basarwa culture components are permanently on exhibition. Kuru cultural centre is famous for music and dance festivities popularised in the annual dance festival that was initiated in 1997.

Cultural festivities with mainly Basarwa natives from surrounding settlements aim at encouraging other ethnic groups to cherish revive and have faith in their cultural heritage. The museum facilitates the sharing of knowledge between the older and younger generation in the community. Also, traditional knowledge workshops are organised for locals at Kuru museum and traditional centre. Kuru is a primary tourist attraction in Botswana.

  • MANYANA ROCK PAINTINGS

These beautiful rock paintings are located west of Gaborone at the base of Kolobeng hill. This area is popular for producing stone and iron-age artifacts in addition to the rock art exuded on the walls of the rocks. Faint paintings of antelopes, rhinos, gemboks, giraffes and human geometric shapes are heavily depicted in the art. The paintings are draped in shades of red, brown, orange, black and brown. However, no white paint was used unlike in other rock painting sites. The Manyana area is of ritual significance to the bushmen because of it’s proximity to a water source in Kolobeng river.

  • MATSIENG FOOT PRINTS

These enigmatic foot prints can be found 35 kilometres from the capital of Botswana, Gaborone. This archaeological gem became a national monument in 1971.The site’s foot prints are based on folk tales of a Tswana legend called Matsieng who led his people and animals from the centre of the earth to live in this world. It is believed that the foot prints were etched long time ago when the earth’s rocks were still soft and that is why the foot prints of Matsieng, his people and animals have remained in-print on the rocks of the site.

The rock the giant Matsieng is believed to have emerged from is 4 metres long and logged with water. Also found at the site is what is believed to be Matsieng’s right foot print measuring 32 cm in length with the left foot print 50 kilometres away at Kobokwe. Another foot print can be seen at Tswapong. However, the folk tales of Matsieng’s foot prints have been dismissed as the foot prints are believed to be the work of the ancient Bushmen’s petrogylphs. The prints are estimated to be between 3.000 and 10.000 years old.