Twyfelfontein
Twyfelfontein
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Proclaimed a national monument in 1952, this is one of the most famous rock art concentrations in Africa featuring more than 5,000 petroglyphs and 200 rock paintings.
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  • Traveloguista
    Brussels, Belgium43 contributions
    4.0 of 5 bubbles
    A pleasant site
    This site is as costly as Organ Pipes and Petrified forest, but the cost is kind of justified. The visitor centre is nicely done, the guide was knowledgeable and the tour takes 45 minutes. Recommended.
    Visited November 2023
    Traveled with family
    Written November 4, 2023
  • Alun Lewis
    Paignton, United Kingdom11 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Only 1 night, wish we could have stayed longer
    Fantastic view from the bar over the mountains. Little animals peeping from the rocks. Got great shots. Dramatic scenery. Fabulous food and service, very kind staff. Would recommend to everyone. Comfortable rooms.
    Visited October 2023
    Traveled as a couple
    Written November 15, 2023
  • dianedinky
    Dunfermline, United Kingdom1,353 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Must do visit for this region
    Be aware that there is not a nice, even path around the paintings, it gets very rocky in places and you are clambering somewhat to get around. One of my group did actually take a tumble. However, the place is still a must visit for the sheer history and stunning rock carvings that are still be so clearly seen after thousands of years. Our guuide was very good and I liked that the Visitor Centre building was in a style in keeping with the area so blended in - unlike some in other countries that ruin the place with a big glass structure stuck on! This area also has spectacular scenery so you get great views as well as seeing the paintings as you climb up. Some bits do have metal stairs built but be careful as small, steep steps. Overall, definitely a place to visit.
    Visited September 2023
    Traveled solo
    Written January 1, 2024
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J9122CJbiancab
Eldoraigne4 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Dec 2019
The guides are well informed and there are quite a number of rock engravings that are easily accessible for visitors. The walk to the engravings site is also enjoyable. Avoid the gift shop, it is ridiculously overpriced.
Written February 12, 2020
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debndon
Phoenix, AZ212 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Sep 2021
The Twyfelfontein rock art site feels somewhat manufactured. The Lonely Planet write up says that with a mix of more recent forgeries it is difficult to say how old or authentic some of the carvings really are. These are carvings where the lighter top layer of stone has been scrapped off to form shapes, generally animals, whereas at Brandberg there are actual paintings, some using 5 colors.
Our guide Raymond was more entertaining than factual. The trail leads from the reception area to a rock face, a short walk but it does involve some scrambling on rocks. There are staircases to reach the higher carvings. Despite the less authentic vibe of the rock art I found the setting quite pretty with dark rocks, gray plant life and valley views. The whole tour took about an hour. $N100/per person. Guarded parking lot.
Written October 6, 2021
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Ramadama
New Providence, NJ2,913 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Mar 2022 • Couples
When visiting this site be sure to wear comfortable walking/ hiking shoes. The terrain to climb up to the area with the petroglyphs is very rocky. They did not make a clean path so you will have to figure out the best ways to walk on the various rocks up the hill. Once there some areas have steel sep platforms set up to view the petroglyphs. The petroglyphs are about 2000 years old and they think it was used to teach the hunters about the animals in the area. This is just a small amount of the petroglyphs in the area but gives you a good idea of what animals were in the area. This site takes about 1 hour and 15 minutes to view with the ranger stopping and providing explanations along the way.
Written March 27, 2022
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Roxxxy7
Cape Town Central, South Africa266 contributions
2.0 of 5 bubbles
May 2022 • Friends
Cultural heritage site and usually well worthwhile. We have done this a couple of times, took friends this year and we were majorly disappointed. The entrance fee is N$ 250 and for that kind of money I expect a cultural site guide with passion and enthusiasm. The people in our group were very disappointed.
Written May 15, 2022
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GJen_12
London, UK63 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Sep 2022
The area has many examples of ancient rock art. It is like a cathedral to these long lost people. The chattering hoards of tourists did nothing to diminish the sense of awe at seeing these amazing works.

Not suitable for anyway who has limited mobility.
Written September 21, 2022
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Travelaround59
London, UK2,026 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Feb 2023 • Friends
It is very interesting to see the rick carvings that are about 2000/6000 years old.
Of course everyone will be thinking that their 3 years old can do better but this is not the point :)
The guide is very competent and give lots of useful background and the carvings of some species away from here for 100s of kms is very interesting. I think it’s a worth a stop.
Written February 21, 2023
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Traveloguista
Brussels, Belgium43 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Nov 2023 • Family
This site is as costly as Organ Pipes and Petrified forest, but the cost is kind of justified. The visitor centre is nicely done, the guide was knowledgeable and the tour takes 45 minutes. Recommended.
Written November 4, 2023
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Miles Archer
Boca Raton, FL7,162 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Feb 2022 • Friends
I'm very much into petroglyphs and pictographs as rock art. I've seen it in several countries. It always fascinates me. Our group had a guide. He didn't seem to know a lot about this rock art. Still, I enjoyed viewing it and trying to put meaning on it.
Written February 6, 2022
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James M
Green Valley, AZ171 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Jun 2022
Very good rock etchings. Had to use local guide who was good. Somewhat difficult climbing over the rocks but not bad. Interesting construction on the main building utilizing oil drum lids. One of the largest rock etching/painting sites we have seen. Well protected/preserved.
Written July 15, 2022
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dianedinky
Dunfermline, UK1,353 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Sep 2023 • Solo
Be aware that there is not a nice, even path around the paintings, it gets very rocky in places and you are clambering somewhat to get around. One of my group did actually take a tumble. However, the place is still a must visit for the sheer history and stunning rock carvings that are still be so clearly seen after thousands of years.
Our guuide was very good and I liked that the Visitor Centre building was in a style in keeping with the area so blended in - unlike some in other countries that ruin the place with a big glass structure stuck on!
This area also has spectacular scenery so you get great views as well as seeing the paintings as you climb up. Some bits do have metal stairs built but be careful as small, steep steps.
Overall, definitely a place to visit.
Written January 1, 2024
This review is the subjective opinion of a Tripadvisor member and not of Tripadvisor LLC. Tripadvisor performs checks on reviews as part of our industry-leading trust & safety standards. Read our transparency report to learn more.

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