Discover the earliest forms of art and technology
Make your way to the scenic coastal holiday town of Plettenberg Bay to track some more fascinating Stone Age cave discoveries at Nelson Bay in the spectacular Robberg Nature Reserve, jutting 1.8km out into the sea.
Scientists have found that humans occupied this area – declared a World Heritage Site as part of the Cape Floral Region – as far back as 125 000 years ago.
Nelson Bay cave was first excavated in the 1960s (there are also two other Stone Age caves in the area), and the results showed that the diet of the early humans who lived here comprised food ranging from birds, eggs and plants to shellfish, as well as seals and bush pigs, with the remains dating back to about 5 000 years, resulting in large middens.
Artefacts ranging from Stone Age tools to 2 000-year-old pottery, graves containing human remains in a foetal position and decorated with shells and ochre, and many more cultural riches have been found in the cave.
Access the site from inside the nature reserve, about 8km from the town – and set aside enough time to explore the cave and its beautiful surrounds.