Rock art is priceless – once destroyed, it’s gone forever. That’s why we need to treat it with respect. All rock art in South Africa is protected by law. If you’re planning to visit a rock art site:
First get permission from the land owner or local conservation authorities
Don’t splash the art with water or other liquids and don’t touch it
Graffiti near rock art is illegal and can damage the art
Don’t remove anything, such as rock tools or archaeological finds, from the site as it can hamper future research
Walk carefully near the art because the dust you kick up can form a coating on it
Don’t litter – you’ll spoil the next person’s visit to the site
If you see someone damaging rock art, you need to take action – contact either the police or the South African Heritage Resources Agency (Sahra).