Bushmen Art at Twyfelfontein

Damaraland, Namibia

Damaraland is home to one of the oldest tribes in the country, the San, and a visit to Twyfelfontein, where you can see their art, is a highlight.

In the Twyfelfontein Valley, a National Monument since 1952, there are more than two thousand rock engravings, each painstakingly carved into the rock and some considered to be nearly six thousand years old. The San used rock as both their medium and their method - sharp rocks, filed to a point, were used to etch animals into the rock - you can see giraffe, zebra, elephant and eland, and even rhino and ostrich.

Take a guide and ask them to show you round the etchings and engravings - it's a fascinating, almost spiritual experience - and speaks of a time long ago when Damaraland was the home, and hunting ground, of the San Bushmen.

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