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 was the first in Namibia. It has the densest and most important rock art concentration in Africa. The sites are guarded and require a tour guide to ensure their protection.Read More
The carvings and drawings found at these sites 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 also 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.
Here are some popular itineraries that include a visit to Twyfelfontein
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:
Oase Garni Guest House Twyfelfontein
Small and friendly, the Oase Garni Guest House is the only establishment in the little town of Kamanjab. The 20 rooms are all of a good size and are furnished with local artwork. Internet is available and there is a small bar to enjoy a refreshing beverage in. The Oase Garni is a great place to base yourself for trips to the local Himba tribe - taking a visit here helps to support the existence of these tribes and is a highly rewarding experience. The guesthouse is located in the town of Kamanjab, south west of Etosha National Park.
Porcupine Camp Twyfelfontein
The Porcupine Camp is a rustic camp with fully furnished tents. The camp is situated on a private farm with beautiful nature all around. Small granite mountains and a lot of Mopanetrees surround the restaurant, which serves delicious game meals every evening, and the verandah. As the name suggests, the camp sees dozens of porcupines every night, which can be fed and photographed by guests to the accommodation. It is a bush camp and only 8km out of Kamanjab.
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.