Windhoek Day Trips
Twyfelfontein © Judith Duk
Twyfelfontein boasts the largest concentration of
ancient rock art in the country, and is a UNESCO World Heritage
Site. The petroglyphs primarily depict game animals such as
giraffe, antelope, elephant, and lion, and the oldest carvings may
date back 10,000 years. Most are believed to be around 3,000 years
old. Translated as 'uncertain fountain', Twylfontein got its name
from a farmer who doubted the spring's ability to sustain their
cattle for a long period. Visitors can't enter the site without a
guide due to previous vandalism. The uniquely-designed visitor
information centre features an exhibition, kiosk, and souvenir
shop. Other stunning sights in the area around Twyfelfontein
include the Organ Pipes, the Doros Crater, and the Petrified
Groot Spitzkop © Judith Duk
The SpitzkoppeThe natural beauty of the Spitzkoppe is spectacular: an island of bald granite peaks situated in an endless grassy plain that is visible for miles around. Groot Spitzkop is often referred to as the 'Matterhorn of Africa' because of its similarity in shape, and it is one of Namibia's most famous mountains. Nearby are the Little Spitzkoppe and the Pontok Mountains. Many San rock paintings exist in the Spitzkoppe area and these ancient artworks are thrilling to seek out. At the foot of Groot Spitzkop, Rhino Rock boasts some of the best surviving examples of prehistoric rock paintings. Sadly, many have been destroyed. The area is also renowned for its breath-taking sunrises, which turn the rocks from pale orange to flaming gold.
White Lady, Brandberg © Judith Duk
BrandbergThe Brandberg Massif is famous for its thousands of rock paintings and engravings. Its most celebrated piece is the 'White Lady', estimated to be around 2,000 years old. The painting shows a male with the white colour representing body paint which suggests it is a medicine man. Discovered in 1955, there has been a great deal of controversy over the meaning and origin of the painting. The mountain is a sacred place for the San tribes in the region. Brandberg's highest peak is Königstein, and at 8,550 feet (2,606m), it is the highest mountain in Namibia.
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