Tuesday, 12 January 2016

Namibia: Damaraland photo tour: Twyfelfontein, Organ Pipes, Khorixas | Дамараленд Намибия

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Namibia: Damaraland photo tour: Twyfelfontein, Organ Pipes, Khorixas | Дамараленд Намибия

Damaraland is located to the north of Swakopmund and to the south of Etosha Park.
The area was allocated to Damara people where the Government purchased several farms for resettlement of this ethnic group.
KHORIXAS. Formerly known as Welwitschia. The capital of Damaraland can be reached taking C39 from Outjo or C35 from Henties Bay. The name was taken from Khoekhoen name for a tree with edible berries.
 

TWYFELFONTEIN.  This rock art site can be reached taking the following roads: C39 from Khorixas, turn left on the road 3254 and right on 3214. There are signs along the route.
The name means ''Doubtful fountain'' as was given by local farmer who was in doubts that a spring which existed in the area can support cattle for a long enough time. Recommended time for a visit is early morning or late afternoon on account of high temperatures and the fact that engravings are not easy visible under direct sunlight.
Twyfelfontein is the largest known concentration of Stone Age petroglyphs in our country. Although the area was declared a national monument in 1952 some engravings were damaged and even removed. There are approximately 2 500 engravings around Twyfelfontein. The age of engravings has not been determined precisely but there is evidence that area was occupied as early as 6 000 years ago.
 

ORGAN PIPES.  Returning on the road 3254 site of Organ Pipes can be reached in about 3 kilometres on. This mass of perpendicular dolerite pillars are located down the river bed. Formed by the intrusion of volcanic rock dolerite about 120 million years ago.

Namibia: Damaraland photo tour: Twyfelfontein, Organ Pipes, Khorixas

Namibia: Damaraland photo tour: Twyfelfontein, Organ Pipes, Khorixas

Namibia: Damaraland photo tour: Twyfelfontein, Organ Pipes, Khorixas

Namibia: Damaraland photo tour: Twyfelfontein, Organ Pipes, Khorixas

Namibia: Damaraland photo tour: Twyfelfontein, Organ Pipes, Khorixas

Namibia: Damaraland photo tour: Twyfelfontein, Organ Pipes, Khorixas

Namibia: Damaraland photo tour: Twyfelfontein, Organ Pipes, Khorixas

Namibia: Damaraland photo tour: Twyfelfontein, Organ Pipes, Khorixas

Namibia: Damaraland photo tour: Twyfelfontein, Organ Pipes, Khorixas

Namibia: Damaraland photo tour: Twyfelfontein, Organ Pipes, Khorixas

Namibia: Damaraland photo tour: Twyfelfontein, Organ Pipes, Khorixas

Namibia: Damaraland photo tour: Twyfelfontein, Organ Pipes, Khorixas

Namibia: Damaraland photo tour: Twyfelfontein, Organ Pipes, Khorixas

Namibia: Damaraland photo tour: Twyfelfontein, Organ Pipes, Khorixas

Namibia: Damaraland photo tour: Twyfelfontein, Organ Pipes, Khorixas

Namibia: Damaraland photo tour: Twyfelfontein, Organ Pipes, Khorixas

Namibia: Damaraland photo tour: Twyfelfontein, Organ Pipes, Khorixas

Namibia: Damaraland photo tour: Twyfelfontein, Organ Pipes, Khorixas

Namibia: Damaraland photo tour: Twyfelfontein, Organ Pipes, Khorixas

Namibia: Damaraland photo tour: Twyfelfontein, Organ Pipes, Khorixas

Namibia: Damaraland photo tour: Twyfelfontein, Organ Pipes, Khorixas
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