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Twyfelfontein

   

Twyfelfontein

Twyfelfontein is home to the largest concentration of spectacular Stone Age petroglyphs in Namibia. A small spring nourished animals and humans here in the past. The Damaras called the spring originally Ui-Ais or, translated simply ‘the spring’. After the farmer D Levin had acquired the farm on which the fountain was situated in 1947, he was uncertain whether the spring would sustain his family and his farming efforts and named the spring ‘Twyfelfontein’ or, again translated ‘doubtful fountain’. More than 2500 engravings have been recorded here. Rhino, antelope, giraffe and ostrich are depicted, likewise a lion with an unusual, right-angle shaped tail, as well as snakes, zebra, as well as a number of abstract signs and symbols. Since the engravings are strewn over a large area and linked up by a number of footpaths, it is advisable to spend some time at Twyfelfontein.

   
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