Twyfelfontein, in Namibia’s Kunene Region, is home to one of Africa’s most remarkable collections of ancient rock engravings. The carvings, which are remarkably well-preserved, are estimated to be up to 6 000 years old, although there are also more recent carvings created by San Bushmen. The name ‘Twyfelfontein’ means ‘doubtful spring’ and despite the uncertain water supply, this area has been inhabited for millennia. The carvings (or petroglyphs) depict animals (perhaps for luck with hunting) and people – and mysterious figures that seem to be half-human, half-lion. There are even some surprising carvings, such as a penguin, which must mean that these early rock artists traveled as far as the Skeleton Coast.
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