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Wonderwerk Cave, Kuruman

#12 of 12 in Nature in Northern Cape
Cave · Hidden Gem · Nature / Park
Wonderwerk Cave is an archaeological site, formed originally as an ancient solution cavity in dolomite rocks of the Kuruman Hills, situated between Danielskuil and Kuruman in the Northern Cape Province, South Africa. It is a National Heritage Site, managed as a satellite of the McGregor Museum in Kimberley. Geologically, hillside erosion exposed the northern end of the cavity, which extends horizontally for about 140 m (460 ft) into the base of a hill. Accumulated deposits inside the cave, up to 7 m (23 ft) in-depth, reflect natural sedimentation processes such as water and wind deposition as well as the activities of animals, birds, and human ancestors over some 2 million years. The site has been studied and excavated by archaeologists since the 1940s and research here generates important insights into human history in the subcontinent of Southern Africa. Evidence within Wonderwerk cave has been called the oldest controlled fire. Wonderwerk means "miracle" in the Afrikaans language.

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  • One wishes one knows more about archeology when one pays a visit, but even to those without an intimate knowledge of the field, this cave and its very ancient beginnings presents a fascinating view...  more »
  • The Cave is beautifully sited, and full of history. Form the San who lived there peacefully for thousands of years until the coming of the settlers the history is charted and explained. The recent...  more »
  • From the outside it doesn't look like much, but once you enter it, you see how deep the cane actually goes. There is some old weathered bushman paintings around it. And loads of interesting looking archaeology diggings taking place! There is also a small museum. Well worth a look when in the area.
  • It was just okay but the excavations takes away the beauty of the caves
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