Twyfelfontein
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The Ancient Rock Art of Twyfelfontein
A visit to Twyfelfontein is a journey back thousands of years to a San hunter-gatherer society that once inhabited the region and depicted its environment in engravings and paintings. Namibia's first World Heritage Site, added to UNESCO's list in 2007, Twyfelfontein boasts one of the largest concentrations of petroglyphs in Africa, with more than 5,000 individual figures (according to UNESCO) within a small area. The engravings and paintings date back at least 2,000 years (possibly much more) and mostly depict animals, including more than 200 giraffes, 100 rhinos, and other species including elephants, zebras, ostriches, and impalas. There is a 30-minute self-guided route that gives a good taste of the site but to really see Twyfelfontein properly, hire a guide at the visitors' center. Visiting with a guide not only helps with understanding the spiritual and cultural context of this ancient art, but also provides the opportunity to see highlights that lie off the self-guided route, such as the "Dancing Kudu" and "Lion Man" panels.
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