African Travel Concept

Twyfelfontein & Organ pipes

In the northern part of Namibia, west of Khorixas, is Twyfelfontein, a massive open-air art gallery carved into red rock by ancient Bushmen overlooking an expansive valley below. The engravings, some estimated to be 6,000 years old, record the wildlife seen in area – giraffe, rhinoceros, elephants, ostrich, even a lion depicted with a 90 degree kink in its tail.

It is believed by many that the creators incised their engravings as a means of entering the supernatural world and recording their shamanic experience among the spirits. Whatever the meaning, the site was awarded UNESCO World Heritage status in 2008.

As the heat during the day is quite intense, it is advised to visit Twyfelfontein to photograph the etchings lit up by the mild morning sun, late afternoon with strong lighting or early evening with the promise of an excellent sunset.  

A short drive south of Twyfelfontein is the Brandberg, a panorama of desolation with coloured rocks contrasting vividly against the grey-black surroundings. The Organ Pipes, a mass of basalt slabs in a ravine gouged out by a river, is another geological wonder in the area.

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