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Rock Paintings at Etemba

Rock Paintings | Etemba | Namibia

The Rock Paintings on Farm Etemba are situated between Omaruru and Usakos, in the district of Omaruru in the Erongo Region. They were discovered initially by Kahn in 1965 and the sites and rock paintings were recorded in some detail for prosperity. Further excavations were undertaken in 1968 by the archaeologist Wendt and he found rock paintings at 2 out of 4 sites he and his team unearthed. All of the following rock paintings on Etemba Farm were declared as 1 national monument and proclaimed as such on 1st May 1967:

  • Baboon Valley
  • Etemba Cave
  • 'Near the Hein Cave'
  • Gramadulla
  • Stone Valley
  • Zebra Valley

The main paintings are in the Etemba Cave which is situated north-east of a 'northern protruding foot of the Erongo Mountain'. It can be seen from the Etemba Farmhouse and the site lies at the southern bank of the Omaruru River, which lies directly on the border between Etemba and Otjompaue-West. You will have to walk along a footpath to the foot of the mountain itself, so pack your hiking boots and water bottle for the trek that continues for at least another hour's walk up a steep ascent, climbing over and around a rough landscape of boulders along the way. It is next to a small cave that has all the most important paintings, and there is another small cave underneath, again accessible after another steep climb.

There are a host of human depictions in Etemba Cave, including a series of 12 figures. The smaller cave has a collection of paintings displaying:

  • A group of 28 humans who are adorned in the traditional hunting gear of the day with; bows and arrows, quivers and weapons such as sticks and assegais, kierries and also jewellery of the day.
  • A further group of 4 humans; a hunter running, and some sticks and arrows.
  • Animal paintings which consist of; a group of 9 giraffe, springbuck, oryx, rhinoceros, zebra, buck and a kudu.

A few selected tours and safaris in Namibia visit the rock paintings at Etemba.

Ai-Aiba Lodge

Nestled in a conservation area in the majestic Erongo Mountains this property contains a wide selection of rock art. Activities here center around rock art and various guided walking trails serve as a good introduction to Namibian rock art

Epako Game Farm

A luxury lodge offering top notch rooms & facilities. Guided game drives and bush walks allow guests to thoroughly explore the area.

Erongo Wilderness Lodge

One of our favourite lodges in Namibia - excellent accommodation, food and guided walks in beautiful surroundings make for an enjoyable and relaxing stay.

Etusis Lodge

A variety of activities are on offer at this lodge near Karibib. Accommodation ranges from camping and self-catering options to private bungalows

Hohenstein Lodge

Situated at the foot of the Hohenstein mountain, this lodge offers many hiking and climbing opportunities. It is also well situated to visit the Spitzkoppe Mountain

Kashana Lodge

A charming lodge in the town of Omaruru. With all the facilities you may require including a popular restaurant & bar

Klein Eden Guest Farm

Around 30km east of Omaruru this pretty little guest farms offers self catering units in a tranquil and pleasant environment

Namibia Self Catering Accommodation