Photo Sphere story: The rocks of Robberg: Ancient story-keepers.

Posted on September 18th, 2014 in Spotlight on Parks by Administrator

As part of our blog series on African protected areas, we will bring you at least one new “Photo Sphere” story every week. Photo Spheres are 360º panoramic images (think Street View) that can be shared on Google Maps, or with the Views community. Through theStreet View partner programme, more and more remote places are making their way onto Google Street View. Where this is not (yet) the case, Photo Spheres allow the world an immersive view many of Africa’s protected areas.  You can see a selection of Photo Spheres taken in Africa’s protected areas on our interactive story map.

Since their younger days in the time of Gondwana’s break-up (some 110-130 million years ago), the rocks of Robberg have seen a thing or two. About 120,000 years ago, these cliffs and caves played host to beach-combing “Strandlopers”, subsisting in large part on the shellfish riches of the rocky inter-tidal. Later, when the seas retreated, the rocks kept watch as giant buffalo, alcelaphine antelopes, and other near-mythical herbivores roamed the grasslands of that age. When the seas returned, the rocks welcomed new cave dwellers. With time, various waves of human inhabitants found increasingly sophisticated ways to prosper on the Peninsula. And as they did, the rocks stood guard, both undertakers and scribes of their livelihoods and stories…

For more history on, and pictures from, this magnificent little protected area, read Scott Ramsay’s blog post on his Year-in-the-Wild visit to the Robberg Nature Reserve.


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