North-west of Windhoek in the Damaraland region, travellers will find one of the more popular tourist destinations in Namibia: a special place called Twyfelfontein. This rocky site contains unique rock carvings and is a UNESCO World Heritage Site and Namibian National Monument due to housing one of the largest and most important concentrations of rock art in Africa.
Although news of the paintings in Twyfelfontein first reached the western world via a report in 1921, local inhabitants had long been aware of the archaeological treasure within their midst. It is often told that locals may have avoided the engravings as the area was considered sacred and also thought to be inhabited by the spirits of those long gone from the earth. The site is of particular importance due to the stone tool artefacts and manufacturing debris found there. There are 17 different sites displaying a whopping 2 500 engravings spread across 212 slabs.
A visitor’s centre at Twyfelfontein was built in such a design that was sympathetic to the surrounding environment, blending in seamlessly with the surrounding red sandstone. The displays offer information on the flora and fauna found in the area as well as how to interpret the engravings and the history surrounding them. Pathways lead visitors onto platforms which allow excellent views of the engravings. Accommodation options nearby range from luxury lodges to affordable country lodges.
- One of the most visited tourist destinations in the Damaraland region of Namibia
- A UNESCO World Heritage Site and Namibian National Monument
- 2500 rock engravings preserved by a patina sheen spread across 13 panels
- Visitor’s centre outlining details of the displays and other aspects of the area
- Variety of accommodation options in the area from luxury lodges through to basic campsites