Displaying one of the largest concentrations of rock petroglyphs in Africa, Twyfelfontein has been inhabited for 6000 years. Considered to be one of the most holy site, it was used to conduct shamanist rituals. This place has a mystic feel to it even to this day.
The Wilton Stone-age hunter-gatherers were the first known inhabitants of the Twyfelfontein valley about 6000 years ago. Most of the engravings and the paintings seen were created by them.
Later this valley was inhabited by the Khoikhoi about 2000-2500 years ago and they have contributed to the art aswell. The Khoikhoi who are related to the San called the valley Damara/Nama. The difference in their art styles is clearly distinguishable.
A severe drought after the World War 2 caused the white Afrikaans speaking farmers (Boers) to move in to this valley. Farms were procured by the apartheid government as part of the Odendaal Plan and became part of the Damaraland Bantustan. The white settlers left in 1965.
Twyfelfontein - Incredibly old, surprisingly well preserved and culturally enriching! The rock paintings gives us a glimpse of what life must have been like for the early tribes. What motivated the hunters and gatherers to make these engravings and paintings? Was it a form of communication between tribes? A UNESCO world heritage site that is also a legacy to mankind.
Spitzkoppe - Feel the power of nature, elaborate art of the hunters and gatherers, majesty of the mountain, and the simple magic of being in one of nature's wonder in all its glory. The granite rock outcroppings are a beautiful sight and worth exploring.
Damara Living Museum - An experience not to be missed. A cultural trip in the truest sense. Witness the day to day life of the ancient san in an atmosphere recreated to depict their lifestyle.
Petrified Forest - Fell the magnitude of nature among the remnants of a forest more than 200 millions years old. An interesting blend of geology, biology, chemistry and much more packed into one visit.
Brandberg Mountain - Take a memorable hike to the highest mountian in Namibia. The sunset at the western side of the mountian glows red and is a sight to behold. Be the lucky one to spot the desert elephants. This mountain is also home to the famous white lady painting thought to be made by the San.
Organ Pipes - A geological phenomenon, and a awe-inspiring site, the organ pipes are the rocks split by the ice age.
Twyfelfontein offers an opportunity to view a number of desert-adapted animals including elephants, black rhino and giraffe. It is near Etosha National park and the game viewing here is exceptional.
May to October is the optimal time to visit. Rainfall is rare and visitors can enjoy the uninterrupted sunshine. The climate is moderate and during the day it does not get extremely hot, however it can get very cold in the evenings.
The average day temperatures vary from 30° C in January to 20° C in July and between 17° C in January and 7° C in June at night.
Twyfelfontein lies 20 km (12 mi) south of the C39 major road from Sesfontein to Khorixas. From there it is connected by the district road D3214.