Namibia Travel Destination: Twyfelfontein
Namibia’s first World Heritage Site, Twyfelfontein (meaning doubtful fountain), is a massive, open-air art gallery that is of great interest to international rock-art connoisseurs. The 2000 plus rock engravings, estimated to be 6000 years old, represent one of Africa’s largest and most noteworthy concentrations of rock art.
There are 17 different sites, and the most famous engravings are the lion with the kink in its tail, the giant giraffe, and the fabled animal that works at the “place of ceremonies”.
It is believed by many that the creators of the rock art were the medicine people or Shaman’s, who incised their engravings as a means of entering the supernatural world and recording the shaman’s experience among the spirits. The rock-engraving process could prepare the Shaman for a state of trance by the repetitive chipping and concentration of energy. Etched into the rock are thus stories within stories, eternalized as our legacy of the past.
Close by is the Petrified Forest, where a cataclysmic event millions of years ago deposited giant tree trunks that subsequently turned to stone. Today the Namib’s living fossil plant, Welwitschia mirabilis, grows among these prostrate fossilized trunks.
South of Twyfelfontein is the Burnt Mountain, a panorama of desolation with colored rocks contrasting vividly against the grey-black surroundings.
The Organ Pipes, a mass vertical basalt columns in a ravine gouged out by n river, is another geological curiosity in the area.
Southwest of Twyfelfontein is the Doros Crater, where fossil remains have been found among the rocks
• Admire 6000-year-old rock engravings at Twyfelfonteins World Heritage Site
• Stock up on locally sourced crystals at the craft market near the Spitzkoppe
• Buy a marble souvenir at the Kharibib Marble works
• Go arty in Omaruru
• Visit the Damara people at their Living Museum
• Go on a horse-back excursion with guided tours through the area
• Take part in one of the annual endurance running or cycling events held in the area