Brandberg National Monument

Photo by Randi & Svein.

Brandberg National Monument Area is part of the Tentative list of Namibia in order to qualify for inclusion in the World Heritage List.

Brandberg is the highest mountain in Namibia. It stands out as an imposing feature in the otherwise flat gravel plains of the central Namib Desert. This large, almost circular inselberg, has an exceptionally rich palaeo-archaeological heritage with a high concentration of prehistoric rock art. There are more than 43,000 paintings and 900 sites alone. The best known among them is The White Lady. The Brandberg is a spiritual site of great significance to the San (Bushman) tribes.

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Kbecq

Belgium - 16-Aug-16 -

Brandberg National Monument Area (T) by Kbecq

It seems that we are the first reviewers of this TWHS which is not really a surprise given the fact that the Brandberg is not included in most travel agencies' routes.

The Brandberg ("Fire Mountain") is not really a mountain but a whole massif inclusing Namibia's highest peak. Most people visiting the area do so because of the 'White Lady' rock paintings (as we did). These paintings can only be visited with a guide and requires a 2 x 45-60 min walk, but this gives the opportunity to enjoy the Brandberg massif and the guide also gives some explanation about fauna and flora.

The state of the rock paintings (especially the colors) is amazing given the fact that they are approx. 2.000 year old and relatively unprotected. Additionally, they form a nice combination with the Twyfelfontein WHS (be it that these are rock carvings instead of paintings).


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Full Name
Brandberg National Monument Area
Country
Namibia
Added
2002
Type
Mixed
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2002 Added to Tentative List

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Brandberg National Monument Area (T)
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