6000 year old Rock Engravings

Trip Start May 20, 2010
Trip End Sep 05, 2011

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Flag of Namibia  , Kunene,
Sunday, August 14, 2011


Day : 445
Temperature : 28 degrees
Weather : Calm, clear and sunny

We found a great little campsite in Twyfelfontein, although the interesting open air toilets with no doors and open showers with no curtains were interesting!  When we arrived the air was calm…such a change from the howling wind that we'd endured over the past couple of days on the Skeleton Coast.  The camp is located on the banks of the Abu Huab river bed, and is surrounded by beautiful rocky, red hills and golden fields of dry grass. During the day the yellow and red hornbills hop from tree to tree, visiting the camps in the hope of some food.

The rock engravings at Twyfelfontain, the works of the ancient san hunters, are a UNESCO world heritage site and some of the most extensive engravings in the whole of Africa. It is compulsory to take a guide, but this is included in the price of the entrance fee. We took a "tour" with the guide and half a dozen other people for an hour or so around the rocky hills whilst he explained to us the meaning of the various engravings.

Afterwards we drove to Burnt Mountain, so called because of it’s burnt appearance, and although very dramatic, tourists are not permitted to climb on it as a result of erosion of the soft soil, and so there isn’t really much to do other than snap a few pictures.

In the evening the four of us once again gathered around the campfire for another Braii (BBQ) and yet more wine with roasted marshmallows with melted chocolate. As the sun set below the horizon a huge deep, dark orange full moon rose above the hills…..I never knew the moon could be this colour!
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