Twyfelfontein country lodge

Welcome to Twyfelfontein Country Lodge. A true landmark situated in the heart of one of the world’s most magnificent wilderness regions. Declared a UNESCO World Heritage Site, Twyfelfontein in Damaraland is home to one of the largest collections of rock-art engravings found in Southern Africa. Not only did the Khoi-San and tribes of ancient years leave us with a true cultural heritage, but the whole area is characterised by natural wonders such as Doros Crater, Burnt Mountain, Organ Pipes, Petrified Forest and desert-adapted animals – of which the desert-adapted elephant is probably the most well-known species. 

 Nestled along the mountainside, the lodge beautifully blends in with its surrounding environment. Using natural stone, carefully selected paint colours and thatched roofs, its design compliments the sandstone rock formations with minimum visual impact on this picturesque landscape. Magnificent views from the deck over the Huab Valley, desert plains and distant mountains provide for hours of relaxed comfort, peace and tranquillity. 

Twyfelfontein Country Lodge is much more than just accommodation; it is a destination in itself. 

Accommodation are either double rooms or a suite. They are all painted outside in a similar reddish-brown colour of the surrounding boulders. The walls of the interiors are painted white. Rooms are in blocks of 8, with 4 front and 4 rear facing.

Double rooms: There are 56 x rooms with twin beds, en-suite bathrooms and a shower, wooden furniture, wall or ceiling fans and a tea/coffee station. Some of the double rooms have inter-leading doors and are ideal for families.

VIP Suite: The VIP Suite is located further away from the main building for additional privacy. It has 2 x bathrooms (one with a bath, the only one in the lodge), private pool and bar, spacious bedroom and a kitchen. Boulders have been integrated into the suite and there is also a TV and exercise bike.

Guided tours to search and view the desert adapted elephant, rhinoceros, giraffe, springbok, and ostrich, can be organized here. These animals can be found living in total harmony with the community and it's communal farming activities.

Activities at Twyfelfontein Lodge include a walk to Seven Plates, named for the surfaces where engravings are located, and a visit to the impressive engravings at Twyfelfontein. Other interesting rock formations and the remains of prehistoric volcanic action, can be seen in the Organ Pipes, Burnt Mountain, Doros Crater and the Petrified Forest. The fauna and flora near the lodge include the Welwitschia, Moringa and a variety of the Commiphora species.

There is gravel airstrip, where transfers to and from the lodge for it's guests, can be arranged.

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Dry River Drive: Depart by 1630hrs (Sept to Mar) or by 1530hrs (Apr to Aug) for a 3hr drive along the ephemeral AbaHuab river bed. Desert-adapted elephant are present from March to October leaving for the greener pastures of the surrounding valleys and mountains from November to February. The return drive follows valleys and small dunes stopping at Welwitschia Hill for a sundowner before heading back to the lodge for dinner.

Rock Engraving & Petroglyphs:  A 3hr guided tour to visit the Burnt Mountain, The Organ Pipes and the 2,500 rock engravings and petroglyphs at Twyfelfontein, a World Heritage Site.

The Real Adam & Eve: A 1.5hr round trip to the Adam and Eve Rock engravings. On the way there will be the opportunity to view other engravings and a Bushman painting. Information at the Hare Painting will be give by your guide. A short 10min walk is needed to reach the site after the drive. This is exclusively a morning activity as the paintings become almost invisible in the afternoon sun. This trip must be booked in advance due to guide availability.

Guided Hiking Trails: There are a number of short but interesting guided hiking trails. Morning trails start 1hr before sunrise and the afternoon trail 1hr before sunset. The duration will take in the capabilities of the guests. For between 2 to 10 participants.

The Living Museum of the Damara: 
Experience the daily routine in a traditional museum, including traditional blacksmith (making of weapons of tools), tanning of leather(Production of traditional clothes(, jewellery and crafts, dancing, singing and traditional games, Holy Fire and fire-making.  

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Traveller Reviews

These are honest reviews, both good and bad, from our travellers who visited this property.

Kaplan, Sybil

24 Jan 2016

Not my favorite. Accommodations and food were nothing special, and two nights there was way too much.

Guillaume, Sebastien

26 Oct 2014

Food too expensive. Night drive in the desert was excellent, beautiful landscapes and friendly guide.

Marson, Pier Paolo

18 Sep 2017

Great desert adapted elephant drive! Really good lodge in a stunning scenary. Great view from the restaurant.


11 Nov 2017

Wonderful place. Many things to do . Activities in the evening for the elephants great and amazing landscapes.

De Villiers, Jean (1)

12 Jul 2017

Venue was OK, service was a shocker. Unprofessional and unhelpful. Sulky and rude staff in bar and restaurant.

Cabaret, Nathalie

16 Sep 2015

Nice place, funny excursion with elephants , nice buffet for dinner and breakfast but so cold in the restaurant

Farmer, Chris

31 Jul 2017

Great Lodge also, stunning scenery. Cabin was OK but not as comfortable as others outside Etosha we experienced.

Ostermand, Inge

6 Aug 2009

Fantastic place with very good service and delicious food. The rooms are spacy, but quite ordinary. We want to come back.

Ulmius, Jan

16 Apr 2016

Also a nice lodge with good food. However, the guidance on rock art was mediocre, we could have done the tour by ourselves.

Floyd, Liz

13 Apr 2018

Beautiful setting. Service good but it was a bit busy. The game drive to see the desert elephants was done a very high speed.

Nahlik, Vladislav

3 Nov 2015

Excellent place, the chalet which we got was not completely made up after the former client, excellent food in the restaurant.

Ardigo, Nadia

7 Sep 2017

The hotel is incredible, the location is amazing, even though the road is reallyy hard to handle. The dinner buffet is very rich.

Hopkinson, Gary

23 Oct 2013

Another good Lodge experience. The people were good, the food excellent, and they were very close to main attractions in the area

Uhl, Olivier

14 Nov 2012

Staff very professionnel and very beautiful place. The room couldnt be more confortable. Bar and restaurant have an outstanding view.

Shaw, Andrew

9 Jun 2016

Stunning location but the room was very small - with the extra bed in it for our daughter it was not possible to walk around the room.

Croke, Michael

3 Dec 2009

Ugly rooms. The main building was nice as it had an upper level open plan bar but in general the feeling of this property was 'tour bus'

Bourdelet, Jean

22 Apr 2015

Beautiful settings but very pricey for the service and quality of food and accomodation. i suppose there is not much choice in the area...

Burkhard, Englert

27 Jul 2009

Enjoyed the search for Desert Elephants tremendously. The lodge is so so. Dinner buffet is clearly geared towards tour groups and wasn't very good.

Ketels, Marc

3 Dec 2009

The two days stay at Twyfelfontein were perhaps a bit too much for what was there to be seen, but the lodge is a very pleasant place to stay a night.

Tusing, Jeff

30 Jul 2009

This is a large lodge and it is very comfortable. We enjoyed the stay there and the game drive. We saw the desert adapted elephants and other wildlife.

Frey, Michael

1 Apr 2013

Spectacular situated lodge. We loved the dining room and bar area. The rooms were too hot as they only had a small overhead fan in the 42C temperatures.

Seegobin, Kuki

25 Jul 2016

place is very pretty ad worth the stay. However there are no tea stations as advertised. the buffet is overpriced and not catering for vegetarians at all.

Whitehorn, Hilary

9 Oct 2016

We liked Twyfelfontein and one night was too short. The food was good. Funny the rooms had no bedside tables and a kettle in the room would have been nice.

Szocs, Tamas

4 Jul 2016

This lodge is at a stunning location and very well construed, wish the services and hospitality would match those. The staff needs traning an much motivation.

Orloff, Sue

1 Aug 2015

Lodge was nice but the rooms were substandard with fan that did not work. We smelled gas in the room and had to change rooms. All the other lodges were great.

Mitchener, Nick

9 Sep 2009

Disappointing accommodation, but the main buildings are very impressive. Well worth visiting to see the local attractions but wouldn't want to stay there again

Hotchkies, Barry

25 Oct 2015

Very nice Lodge - quiet and peaceful. Great bar and dining room with view over the mountains. Dinner and breakfast were excellent. Only negative - WiFi would be nice

Evans-leitner, Bettina

25 Aug 2011

accomodation dark and smelly, room not ready as we were checked into the room by housekeeping, nature drive completely overprice, know-how guide poor, buffet good choice & quality

Pring, Lesley

28 Apr 2016

The least impressive place we stayed. Buffet dinner very expensive and not that nice. It was a hot night and the very high fan was totally ineffectual. Easily my least favourite place.

Rao, Girish

10 Jan 2017

The place was excellent. Very beautiful and very close to the Damara attractions. The buffet breakfast and dinner were very good. The Elephant tracking was expensive but still worth it.

Johansson, Per-olof

11 Nov 2010

Very nice place. The desert elephant excursion was marvellous. We also bought the CD with the restaurant people singing and still listen to it in the car when we want some "Africa feeling"

Van Der Heyden, Johan

15 Jul 2014

The location is perfect, The Lodge is 14 years old and the room, more specifically, the bathroom could use a renovation. The buffet was so and so, overall too expensive, not really value for money.

Umbricht, Regula

14 Oct 2014

Saw our first elephant there and a Giraffe - just in front of the Bungalows. We were lucky to get accomodation facing the plain - others were not as lucky and got rooms facing the cliff. Food is overpriced.

Courtney, Claire

3 Oct 2016

Absolutely luxurious - the setting was beautiful, proximity to Twyfelfontein was perfect, rooms well appointed and I could happily have spent the rest of my life sitting in that bar watching the sun go down!

Costello, Keith

23 Aug 2012

Beautiful. Not enough information on the engravings apart from going on their tour. A lot can be accomplished on your own. Not much information on other things to do. Mention the Damara Living Museum - an excellent experience.

Eldridge, Russell

14 May 2012

Good location and comfortable but extremely overpriced. Service patchy and not very sympathetic to vegetarian requirements. Guests should be advised that visiting the rock engravings requires an arduous climb in very hot conditions.


8 Aug 2012

Nice place. strategic position to visit Twijfelfontein, Organ pipe and petrified forest. Rooms confotable and clean. Restaurant not at the same level than the accomodations comfort. Perfect for international tourism less interested by authentic contacts

Steyn, J

16 Jul 2010

Stunning bar and dinning area. Accommodation was basic but had everything you need. Conveniently located for travellers on the way between Etosha and Swakopmund. Best feature was the little show put on by the staff during dinner - definitely worth waiting for it!

Morino, Meredith

8 Jan 2018

Location is lovely but didn't love this lodge. Not having A/C made sleeping really uncomfortable. The pool was really small for hotel of this size and really not enough space nor any chairs to sit around the pool. The best thing about this hotel was the sundowner drive.

Androsoff, Katya

7 Apr 2015

The restaurant/bar area is beautiful, as is the entrance. The dinner buffet was above par. The rooms however, were small, dingy and hot. There is not a lot of choice of places to stay in this area. If I was to return to the area again I would look for a different place to stay.

Gregory, Stewart

10 Sep 2009

Twyfelfontein is a unique place in the middle of the Kalahari Desert. They were well organized with tours readily available to see the local sights and flights available to see further afield. The unmade road to Twyfrlfontein was in a poor state of repair even for an unmade road.

Dziuban, Keri

5 May 2012

A beautiful location with fabulous customer service. The food was quite pricey for lunch and dinner compared to the quality, but as it was the only option in the desert, we went with it. The rooms got a bit warm in the evening, but there were two fans in our room to help with this.

Rowden, Virginia

11 Jun 2011

This was a wonderful place to stay, and the service was exceptional. Food was not such great quality and in comparison to other places was expensive. Although the accommodation rates seemed reasonable, when adding in the mandatory dining costs it was not such great value for money.

Regelman, Jeff

23 Jun 2017

This lodge was in a great location, and looked nice, but there were several things about the room that wasn't quite right, or wasn't ideal. It was quite hot in the room, with limited ventilation, even though it was very cool outside. In the summer this would probably be oppressively hot.

Guth, Brian D

24 Aug 2016

Great location and impressive lodge. Rooms were comfortable and clean. Quality of the dinner didn't match that of our other accommodations, however. Not bad, but cooking for a large group requires compromises. The visit to the carvings made for an interesting afternoon outing. Stunning landscape.

Stockings, Jon

7 Dec 2016

Disappointed with the service. The wine was undrinkable, the receptionist was unforthcoming, the accommodation was too hot to sleep in, the food was average. The staff did not react well to the problems we encountered. Lilly, however, saved the day with a very speedy and efficient rebook elsewhere.


5 Nov 2013

Main lodge - good to excellent. Warm welcome. Meals good. Accommodation not as good as expected. 1 drinking glass, 1 inside chair, 1 outside chair. No beverage tray/kettle. No information in room. Not always enough hot water for shower. Problems with laundry. Felt staff `overpowering` on departure.


The Twyfelfontein Country Lodge is located approximately 100 km west of the small town of Khorixas and is accessible along the district road C 39 before joining route 3254 which has indicators to the Twyfelfontein Country Lodge.

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