27 March 2011 by Denise Slabbert

The Fertile Free State

Just outside the town of Clarens, on the road to Fouriesberg in the Free State you’ll find The Fertility Caves - known as something of a spiritual site to many locals.

Registered field guide, Wim Wybenga says, ‘The caves are also known as Motouleng or Salpeterkrantz and are reputed to be the largest sandstone overhang in the southern hemisphere, with more than a hectare of land underneath sandstone cliffs’. He says that there are a number of sangomas who live in the caves and it’s something of a mini-Mecca for believers. “It is known to be a sacred place, a place of pilgrimage for people from all over South Africa who come to make offerings to appease their ancestors in order to secure general well-being in terms of finances, health and especially with regards to fertility (for the women). People come to the cave for a feeling of blessing, and generally come away with a sense of wellbeing’, says Wim.

Wim Wybenga is a registered field guide specialising in botanical field trips, San rock art and medicinal plants. If you’d like him to show you the treasures of the Eastern Free State. Call, +27 (0)72 984 7482


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