Twyfelfontein is a rocky site situated in the Kunene Region of north western Namibia. It is a historic area, complete with rock carvings dating back to 1000 AD. It is believed that the carvings took over 2000 years to create, making it the most impressive rock art collection around. The area was approved as a World Heritage Site in 2007 (by UNESCO) and became Namibia’s first World Heritage site. It has the densest and most important rock art concentration in Africa. The sites are guarded and require a tour guide to ensure the protection of them. The carvings and drawings generally represent rhinos, elephants, ostriches and giraffes, as well as water. There are also human and animal footprints scattered all around Twyfelfontein. Even rock shelters containing depictions of humans painted in red ochre can be found here.
It is believed that the hunters and gatherers of this area were the artists who drew and carved these carvings as part of an ancient ritual, or to advise later travellers to the region of where to find food and also water. It is alleged that the creations were stopped when the pastoral tribes arrived in the area in 1000 AD.
Many archaeologists have studied Twyfelfontein over the years and through their research have confirmed the authenticity of all the art work found in Twyfelfontein. The figurines still remain scattered around Twyfelfontein, except for one panel of artwork, an engraved panel, which was removed and transported to the National Museum in Windhoek in the early 20th Century.
If you are planning a Twyfelfontein holiday, have a look at some of the accommodation that we recommend. 'Our Rating' indicates how we feel each property rates according to normal Western hotel standards. 'Local Rating' indicates how the property is categorised/rated locally:
For all our tours and tailor-made holidays we provide you with a clear categorisation of all hotels we use. The REGIONAL CATEGORY indicates the local rating of each hotel in each respective country. We have also rated each hotel using OUR CATEGORY, which will be in line with generally accepted western hotel grading standards.
Basic hotels and simple accommodation is a no frills option with an adventurous authentic feel.
Standard accommodation equates to a Western 3-star standard, always featuring en-suite rooms and usually a restaurant.
Superior accommodation equates to a Western 4-star standard, featuring en-suite rooms and usually a restaurant and often a swimming pool and/or a fitness centre.
Deluxe accommodation equates to a Western 5-star standard, usually featuring spacious, en-suite rooms, a restaurant, swimming pool and fitness centre and an array of amenities, excellent service and customer care.
Lavish accommodation equates to a Western 5-star plus standard - the creme de la creme. Featuring spacious, en-suite rooms, a restaurant, swimming pool and fitness centre and an array of amenities, this accommodation is a cut above the rest. Sheer opulence!
Twyfelfontein Tailor made suggestions
Here are some of the recent tailor made itineraries we have created for our clients which include a visit to Twyfelfontein.