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Over 2'000 ancient rock engravings and paintings
UNESCO World Heritage Site since 2007
Damaraland’s desert elephant
Twyfelfontein is a rocky outcrop in Damaraland where more than 2’000 ancient rock engravings and several rock paintings by its native inhabitants remain preserved.
Twyfelfontein was declared a World Heritage Site in 2007 because of its significance as one of the most important sites of African rock engravings. The area is home to one of the few watering holes in the entire region, and one which the local farmers didn’t find particularly reliable: roughly translated, the name Twyfelfontein means ‘sometimes there’s water, sometime’s there isn’t’!

Today, some 40’000 guests from around the globe visit the rock engravings, which has made Twyfelfontein one of Namibia’s destination hotspots and therefore quite busy – visitors can’t expect to have the rock engravings all to themselves.
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