This historic area is rich with authentic bushmen sketches that took over 2000 years to create, making it an incredibly impressive rock art collection. The carvings themselves feature imagery of rhinos, elephants, ostriches and giraffes, with human and animal footprints scattered around. Several rock shelters even include depictions of humans, painted in red ochre, making Twyfelfontein a sacred safari destination. 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, making Twyfelfontein a magnificent and sacred safari destination.
Nestled in the Kunene region, Twyfelfontein boasts an incredible quantity of rock carvings and paintings, with a little over 2000 figurines in the area. It’s believed that the hunters and gatherers of the area in Namibia were the artists who drew and carved these carvings as part of an ancient ritual.
Twyfelfontein was approved as a World Heritage Site in 2007 and became Namibia’s first World Heritage site. As an attraction for tourists on Namibian safari, it’s a historical site with the densest and important rock art concentration in Africa. Twyfelfontein is now protected by the National Heritage Act of 2004, making it a very historic and interesting Namibian area to visit. Most of the sites are guarded and any safaris to these areas require a tour guide to ensure the protection of the historic rock paintings and carvings.
Whilst it is forbidden to visit the rock art sites independent of a tour guide, our company offers a range of Namibian safaris that include a visit to Twyfelfontein, which allows our guests to visit the sacred area and discover the paintings themselves.
Twyfelfontein is certainly one of the most popular safari destinations in Damaraland, and in Namibia itself, and a special stop over when it comes to rock art and the history of culture in Africa.