Twyfelfontein Rock Engravings

Displaying one of the largest concentrations of rock petroglyphs in Africa, a UNESCO approved Twyfelfontein as Namibia’s first World Heritage Site in 2007. The Twyfelfontein Rock Engravings are officially known as ǀUi-ǁAis, which in the Damara/Nama language means “Jumping waterhole”. This is a site made up of ancient rock engravings, located in the Kunene Region of north-western Namibia. This location boasts with a spring situated in a valley, flanked by slopes of sandstone and a table mountain that receives very little rainfall. This area is known for extreme temperature fluctuations and has been inhabited for 6,000 years. First by hunter-gatherers and later by Khoikhoi herders of which both ethnic groups used it as a place of worship and a site to conduct shamanist rituals. In the process of these rituals at least 2,500 items of rock carvings have been created, as well as a few rock paintings.

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