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About Twyfelfontein

Twyfelfontein is Africa's rock art central. It's rooted in Namibia's northwestern Kunene region and has its own spring.

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Photo by Schnobby

As you can imagine, Twyfelfontein is a famous landmark in Namibia's Kunene region and is a much-loved tourist attraction. Many travellers have visited the area and done as they should - taking nothing but photos and leaving nothing but footprints.

Image by Schnobby

Photo by Schnobby

Twyfelfontein has had residents for over 6 000 years. First it was the hunter-gatherers who moved in, and then later it was the Khoikhoi herders. Both groups of people used it as a very special place of worship and rituals.

Image by Schnobby

Photo by Greg Willis

With at least 2 500 rock paintings at Twyfelfontein, it's no big shocker that the site shows off one of the largest concentrations of rock petroglyphs in Africa. UNESCO even gave Twyfelfontein the nod of approval when they dubbed the site Namibia's first World Heritage Site in 2007.

Image by Greg Willis

Photo by Schnobby

Twyfelfontein is tucked away in the Huab valley of southern Kunene region's Mount Etjo. The area used to be known as Damaraland - that sounding more familiar?

Image by Calips

Photo by Calips

So why is it called Twyfelfontein? Well, Twyfeltontein is actually an Afrikaans word. The site gets its name from the area's valley spring.

Twyfelfontein is almost always on a Namibian travellers agenda because of its ability to give us a peek into the lives of the cultures that called the sandstone landscape home many many moons ago.



 

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