Julia Blackburn, an acclaimed British writer, has chosen to write about the /Xam or as she describes them 'a Bushman or Bushmen group', hunter gatherers who inhabited the Karoo or 'the whole of the central interior of South Africa' hundreds of years ago. They were a people of movement who lived in harmony with the natural environment.



In 1902, the general plan for Westcliff provided public rights of way across its ridges. During the Great Depression of 1929-1933, the City Engineer, Mr E J Waugh, in a public works programme for the relief of poor whites, trained unemployed men to build the stone stairways using the hard quartzite found on site. In recent times, the stairs have become popular with a diversity of users for outdoor exercise.