Twyfelfontein Country Lodge is famous for its incredible collection of rock art – totaling at least 2,500 engravings and paintings – and is undoubtedly worthy of its status as Namibia’s first UNESCO World Heritage Site. Just 4km down the road from this massive “outdoor art gallery” lies Twyfelfontein Country Lodge, its stone-and-thatch buildings a comfortable base for anyone wanting to explore the unique beauty of the Damaraland.
One of the larger properties in the area, Twyfelfontein Country Lodge has 56 rooms grouped in blocks of eight amongst huge red boulders. All of the rooms are en suite and have high beamed ceilings, wooden furniture and a fan to keep you cool in the heat of the day. The lodge itself has a lovely setting with the main meeting place being the elevated restaurant, its front open to the phenomenal views across the surrounding desert landscape.
There is so much to see and do in this area that most guests spend little time at the lodge. Go on a guided tour to the ancient rock art at Twyfelfontein and nearby volcanic formations (the most notable being the Organ Pipes, Burnt Mountain and Petrified Forest) or set off on a safari in search of Damaraland’s famous desert-adapted elephants.
If you prefer to explore without the distraction of engines then there are guided hiking trails, nature walks, you can rent a mountain bike or even take to the sky in a hot air balloon!
After all that activity, stretch out on a sun lounger alongside the lodge swimming pool, keeping an eye open for elephant at the nearby waterhole. As the sun starts to set, and the surrounding landscape turns a deep shade of orange, order a drink at the bar and settle down for dinner: a buffet well stocked with a tasty selection of game meat, vegetables and salads.
All in all, Twyfelfontein Country Lodge does not have the intimate feel of some of the smaller lodges in the area, but what it offers instead is comfortable and affordable accommodation, good food, warm service and a fantastic range of activities in Namibia’s wild and astonishingly beautiful Damaraland.