– There’s the cliff base, wow!
(dramatic orchestral music) Dude,
look at this,there’s cave paintings!
We are literally sitting at the foot of history right now.
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The Tuinskloof Game Reserve is a breathtaking expanse of South African wilderness,
an adventure lover’s playground,
that is laced with a network of intricate, yet rugged dirt roads.
The Reserve stretches across 13 hectares
and is nestled amongst the rocky mountainsides of the Eastern Cape.
Today we are heading out on a true Indiana Jones themed mission.
According to LB Williams, founder of the Reserve Protection Agency,
there are a series of ancient cave paintings
hidden deep within the belly of Tuinskloof.
Of course, LB has seen these paintings before,
as he has personally scoured every inch of this wild place,
however he has challenged us
to see if we can find what he calls
a true needle in the haystack of history on our own.
– [Mark] Alright, Coyote,we’re about to set off on the adventure,
what are we doing?
– Well, just before us is a road that looks off road,
despite the fact that it’s been bulldozed,
but wait until you see how far we get into the back country of South Africa
and what we’re searching for is a series of lost caves
and by lost caves,
what I mean are caves that have not been explored in hundreds of years.
Supposedly there’s some ancientcave paintings in there,
we’re gonna try to find’em and get em on camera,
I have a feeling that this is gon na be one epic adventure.
– [Mark] Let’s go.
– [Coyote] South Africais an ancient land
and it is believed that humans have inhabited this area for over 100,000 years.
The paintings we seek arecertainly not that ancient,
but they are believed to beseveral hundred years old,
which definitely makesthem worth the search.
– Nothing like getting lostin the back country of Africa,
wouldn’t you say, Coyote?
哦 对 我们最终会找到那些遗忘的洞穴
– Oh yeah, we’re gonna findthese lost caves eventually,
this is why they are lost,
they’re hidden from pretty much everyone,
so it’s gon na take a little bit of searching,
but I’m confident that LB ‘s gon na get us there.
We traveled up and overthe steep mountainsides,
down into the valleys and across severalflowing stream systems,
before we finally got to a place where the road ran out.
That was a bumpy ride.- Yep.
– And that is as far as the road is going to take us.
Now over your shoulder here,
It is a massive cliff face and I was told
that if we follow thisline into the canyon,
eventually we will finddark stains up on the rocks,
we find those stains, it means that we are closeto the cave paintings,
so let’s head in that direction and see what we can find.
The underbrush wasincredibly dense
and moving through itwith packs and camera gear
was nearly impossible.
Eventually we made our waydown to a stream system,
which we could follow more easily, than fighting the tangles of branches.
Look at this.
Look at those darkmarks on the rocks.
– [Mark] Where? Oh,
yeah, is that whatwe’re looking for?
– [Coyote] Awesome, we’llcross the stream then.
Look at that!
Do you see’em?- Yeah.
– I’m gon na have to bust out the main
camera to get shots of that, I don’t know
if you can see that with the GoPro, there are
distinct dark marks right there on the rocks,
they definitely stand out more than anything else we’ve seen so far.
– [Mark] Let’s get alittle bit more in,
I’ll get a better view.- Okay, yeah.
Keep coming up this hillside.
It felt like wewere getting close
and despite the inclement weather,
we decided to press forward across another stream
and up a steep embankment,
when right before our very eyes, the flat rock face that LB described
as being unmistakablewas towering above us.
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Watch out for thatshort stick right there.
I mean, I haven’t seen anything
that’s more distinct than those black marks. Alright,
well this might bethe black stains on the rock
that we’re looking for, let’s hunker downunderneath these trees,
stay out of the rain and get the main camera set up.
I think we’re close, guys.
– Okay?- Yeah, I’ll get it.
– Mark has gotten the maincamera out of his pack,
it’s still raining though.- Yes.
– We’re gon na get these shots,
I think we’re right on it, guys.
-我在录了 -好的 从这边穿过去
– I’m rolling.- Okay, so right up through here,
it looks like we have alittle cave type area,
definitely have distinct black markings on the side of the rocks
and hopefully this is where the cavepaintings are located.
Alright,we’re gonna go upthrough all these spiky plants
and hopefully that’swhere they’re at.
Alright,here we go, ready?
look at this!- Whoa.
– These cave paintings.- Is that them?
– This has got ta be them, look at this,
you’ve got like little human-like figures here,
那里还有 那里 快看这个
there and there,look at this one.
That one’s definitely a male.
– [Mark] How can you tell?
– Notice the male part and then over here,
you’ve got what looks like a teepee,
here’s some sort of shape there.
What have you gotdown there, Mario?
– You know,
this is probably where they would gather and like make a fire and cook their food and stuff
吃饭 闲逛 找乐子——可能画的就是这些
and hang out, then for fun, they probably would kind of draw.
– Right, and by they, we’retalking about Indigenous peoples
– Yeah. – and these cave drawings,
I guess, we keep calling them a cave drawing,
but it’s more of anoverhang, than it is a cave, hundreds,
maybe eventhousands of years old,
we are literally sitting atthe foot of history right now.
– Yeah, it’s pretty cool.- This is crazy.
Let’s look around
at the walls and see what other etchings we can find.
– [Mark] Are all the redspots paintings technically?
我是说 如果你过来 就会看到
I mean, like if you come over here, you can see like,
there’s like a shape in there, see that?
– Oh, yeah, that definitely is a shape,
look at that right there.
– [Mark] See,that’s not natural,
that’s like — – Looks like that would have
been the head of a human, here’s an arm,
that comes down and its body.
It’s interesting how it’sat an angle like that.
– It is.- What you find there?
显然 这是个小人 对吧？
– [Mario] That’s definitelya little human, right?
– Oh here, let me see.
哦 它看起来像… 看那个
– Oh, it looks like, look at that.
– [Coyote] It definitelylooks humanoid to me.
– [Mario] Tiny.
– But why all theway down there?
I mean, I wonder how deep thiswould have originally gone,
I mean, how much sedimenthas fallen down in this area,
think of what could be buried down beneath all of this soil.
Look at this.
– [Mark] So you can definitelysee like this whole area,
the redness on the rock,- Yeah.
– [Mark] is distinctto this area,
if you look like overhere, for example,
there is no red,- Right.
– [Mark] it’s only in this area,
so it kind of makes youwonder, were these parts
at some time part ofa larger painting?
– [Coyote] Right and itjust sort of dissolved
and disintegrated over time.
– [Mark] Like even ifyou look right here,
you can see there’sa clear line.
– Hm-mm.- See that?
There’s a clear line there,- That’s crazy.
– [Mark] I wonder ifthat was like a horse
or an elephant, maybe that was an elephant,
the tail of an elephant maybe.
– Maybe. Oh, it does,
it looks like either a tail or perhaps a trunk – Hm-mm.
– and maybe a leglike that right there.
This is super cool and you maybe wondering to yourselves,
“Well,Coyote, how wouldsomebody draw on a rock wall
and have it lastfor this long?”
And my guess would be that, here,
point your camera down here, all
of this red rock was likely broken apart
and then they woulduse something like sap
or animal fat todraw on the walls
and it’s just lasted for all that time,
it has completely stained the rock.
– [Mark] Look at that one,
it’s like two people rightnext to each other, you know,
this is the first time thisart has ever been filmed.
– First people ever, these are the first cameras to
ever film and what we’re gon na do now is
photograph these to document them, what we’re gon na do is use my hand for scale,
Mark,why don’t you get out the high quality camera,
give this camera to Mario
我们照些相 给研究团队带回去 如何
and we’ll get some photographs of’em and take’em back to the research team, is that good?
-好的 动手吧 -好的
– Yeah, let’s do it.- Alright.
– Alright, let meget out the DSLR,
so we can take somegreat photographs
of this Indigenous artwork and share’em with our friends back in town.
What’s really coolis this is actually
really important for theculture in this region
to document theserare artifacts,
it definitely will help add to the cultural history of the region of South Africa,
pretty cool, huh?
– [Coyote] Hm, I got to know.
– [Mark] Yeah, Ithink it is too.
You can clearly see
这里有条腿 这里有象鼻 或尾巴
that there’s a leg and then there’s either a trunk or a tail.
– [Coyote] Hm-mm.
– [Mark] You can’t reallytell what happened back here.
I mean, there’s so manyyears,
could be hundreds,if not thousands of years of erosion,
that’s been hammeringthe artwork, that’s here,
so we’re really actually fortunate to be able to see what we can.
– You can see some that have disappeared almost completely at this point, – Yeah.
– Now this looks like a little man,
that’s running on the hillside.
Did you get this one?
This clearly looks like anarm with a hand and legs.
– [Mark] I think it’sholding something.
– Holding something.- Maybe it’s fish.
They’re clearly manmade,
but there is a littleinterpretation required
to identify what these are.
It’ll be interesting to see,
once we take the photographs back, if someone back in town can help us
more clearly identify not only what we’re looking at, but the time period in which they were made.
– [Coyote] Right.
– I’ve got it, alright,
are you ready for the long trek back?
– I sure am, it took ustwo hours to get here,
that means it’s gon na take at least two hours to get back,
but this certainly was epic,
coming across Indigenous paintings out here in the back country of South Africa.
I’m Coyote Peterson,
勇敢起来 保持狂野 我们下一站再见
be brave, stay wild, we’ll see you on the next location.
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– [Coyote] Getting to explorethe wild and ancient mountains
of the Tuinskloof Game Reserve was an adventure I will always remember.
As a team, our goalusually centers around
finding and presenting animals,so to search for relics
such as cave paintingswas a nice change of pace.
These feint images representa history to this land,
that dates back hundreds of years
and to have seen them with my own two eyes
was a sight I will never forget.
If you enjoyed exploringfor cave paintings,
make sure to go backand watch the episode,
where the BraveWilderness team and I
kayak to a deserted islandand found ourselves lost
in the abandoned Fort Gorges
and don’t forget, subscribe,
so you can join me and the crew on our next location.
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