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Twyfelfontein to Sesfontein (Photo Diary)

The Vingerklip (Finger Rock), Damaraland, Namibia.

It took us 7 irritable hours to reach Vingerklip, the 35 metre high "Finger Rock" of Namibia...

 

Close-up of the Vingerklip (Finger Rock), Damaraland, Namibia.

by which time we were ready to strangle each other. Insults and a small rock were thrown. Custody of Bow Wow was discussed.

 

View from the Vingerklip (Finger Rock), Damaraland, Namibia.

I decided to drive off in to the bush, leaving Lachlan quaking in his Havianas in a cloud of dust. WHO NEEDS HIM ANYWAY!

 

The Vingerklip (Finger Rock), Damaraland, Namibia.

He was obviously relieved when I returned 40 minutes later having realised that he is quite useful for things like starting fires and putting up tents.

 

Lucie & Bow Wow pose on a fossilised trunk at the Petrified Forest, Damaraland, Namibia.

Thankfully, by the Petrified Forest we had made up. The fossilised trunk that Bow Wow and I are perched on is estimated to be around 260 million years old!

 

Slick, diamante-studded guide named Salmon poses at the Petrified Forest, Damaraland, Namibia.

Our slick, diamante-studded guide called Salmon explained that if a tree becomes buried under sediment it does not initially decompose due to a lack of oxygen. This is what happened, all those millions of years ago, to the trees in the Petrified Forest.

 

Stone moulds of the trees formed at the Petrified Forest, Damaraland, Namibia.

Stone moulds of the trees formed when the trees eventually decayed and their cells were replaced with minerals while retaining the original structure of the wood.

 

Bushmen rock engravings at Twyfelfontein, Damaraland, Namibia.

The following day we visited Twyfelfontein. This gallery of rock art is 6000 years old and boasts the largest collection of Bushman rock engravings in all of Africa.

 

Tourist shadows - Bushmen rock engravings at Twyfelfontein, Damaraland, Namibia.

The engravings were made by shamans to help them access the supernatural world and to record their experiences of that world. The spiritual significance of the rock art makes this site Namibia's answer to the Sistine Chapel as opposed to the Guggenheim.

 

Bushmen rock engravings at Twyfelfontein, Damaraland, Namibia.

The repetitive chipping at rock while making engravings would help the shaman to reach a state of trance needed to enter the realm of spirits. While in this realm, the shaman could carry out important tasks like healing the sick, making rain, and communicating with spirit forces.

 

‘Lion Man’ engraving shows five toes on each paw - Bushmen rock engravings at Twyfelfontein, Damaraland, Namibia.

He would draw on the strength of the animals around him. The ‘Lion Man’ engraving shows five toes on each paw whereas in reality a lion only has four toes. The deliberate combination of animal and human features illustrates that the shaman felt he had actually left his body behind in his state of altered conciousness and transformed in to a lion.

 

Abstract geometric patterns - Bushmen rock engravings at Twyfelfontein, Damaraland, Namibia.

Vision becomes disturbed in a state of trance and the shaman would ‘see’ patterned flashes of light. These are depicted in the seemingly abstract geometric patterns in the rock art.

 

Giraffes are portrayed without hooves, their legs taper away in long thin lines to represent the sensation of rising up into the air - Bushmen rock engravings at Twyfelfontein, Damaraland, Namibia.

Giraffes are portrayed without hooves, their legs taper away in long thin lines to represent the sensation of rising up into the air as felt by the shaman taking on the spirit of a giraffe.

 

A carving of a seal and a penguin - Bushmen rock engravings at Twyfelfontein, Damaraland, Namibia.

A carving of a seal and a penguin, creatures which live around 150 km from here on the coast, tells us how far the Bushman must have journeyed to hunt.

 

Geometric riddles are insights of travels in to the spirit realm - Bushmen rock engravings at Twyfelfontein, Damaraland, Namibia.

More than merely records of the natural world, these geometric riddles are insights of travels in to the spirit realm.

 

Naturally formed columns of stone, known as the Organ Pipes - Near Twyfelfontein, Damaraland, Namibia.

Nearby, naturally formed columns of stone, known as the Organ Pipes, are a geological wonder.

 

Lachlan, Lucie, Bow Wow, Ognen and Juan at the Organ Pipes - Near Twyfelfontein, Damaraland, Namibia.

We picnicked here with fellow roadtrippers Ognen and Juan. http://www.youxin.org/

 

Ognen & Juan's VW Califonian van - Near Twyfelfontein, Damaraland, Namibia.

This is their Californian wagon called 天马 (Tian Ma) which means 'heavenly horse'.

 

Warthogs warning sign - Damaraland, Namibia.

Watch out, warthogs about!

 

Wild Zebra near Etosha, Damaraland, Namibia.

Our first wild zebra sighting outside a national park! Bow Wow seemed very impressed.

 

Giraffe near Etosha, Damaraland, Namibia.

"Don't look at us, we're shy!"

 

Herero kids outside a shop, Sesfontein, Namibia.

Some cool Herero kids loitering outside the last shop that we would see for days. Unfortunately, the only fresh vegetables for sale were onions and so we stocked up on these and tins of Chakalaka, an African spicy relish.

 

Herero woman in her shop, Sesfontein, Namibia.

The shop owner, Sarah, is from the Herero tribe whose most valued commodity is cattle. Herero women wear Victorian style full length dresses with hats made from rolled cloth that represent the horns of a cow.

 

Lula the landy driving into Kaokoland, Namibia.

Laden with mielie meal and loose tea for the Himbas, we made sure that our water and fuel jerry cans were full and ventured in to one of the last true wildernesses of Southern Africa, Kaokoland.


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3 Responses to “Twyfelfontein to Sesfontein (Photo Diary)”

  1. Aaron says:

    Nice shots, we’re going to Namibia in a few days time and this is on the list. I wanted to get a taste of what’s in store! Thanks!

  2. Thanks! Namibia is an incredible experience and can’t recommend it more. If you’re looking for real adventure, make sure you get off road and head into the unknown up in Kaokoland – unforgettable. Safe travels, Lachlan :)

  3. Andrea says:

    Very beautiful clicks, just amazing places you have captured with your camera. BTW Bow Wow is looking more stunning than you all. LOL :P

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