The Quiver Tree Forest in Namibia
An amazing natural showcase near Keetmanshoop
Take a trip along the M29 from Keetmanshoop in Namibia and you’ll come across one of the world’s few Quiver tree forests.
This national monument is located on the farm Gariganus, about 14km from Keetmanshoop, and is about 5 hour’s drive from Windhoek.
About the Quiver Tree Forest
Quiver trees are a species of aloe, Aloidendron dichotomum, that can live for centuries. Some of the specimens in this forest are around 250 years old.
The plants have a curious upside-down look and are considered a symbol of good luck in local folklore. In times gone by, the San people used its branches to make quivers for their arrows, hence the common name for this tree.
Things to Do While Visiting the Quiver Tree Forest
Walking and hiking are the top activities among the dolerite boulders and photographers will find plenty of opportunities to capture breath-taking images, too.
The trees are particularly photogenic at sunrise and sunset.
If you visit between June and July, you’ll see the trees in full bloom and get a chance to see an abundance of birds and insects enjoying their sweet nectar.
Be sure to wear sturdy hiking boots, bring plenty of water, and lather on the sunscreen for your visit.
Things to Do Near the Quiver Tree Forest
The Quiver Tree Forest is close to the Giant’s Playground where you can explore incredible rock formations.
Nearby, the Mesosaurus Fossil Site reveals evidence of aquatic lizards that roamed this place over 50 million years ago.
The sights and enjoyment of the Fish River Canyon and Ais Ais hot springs are about an hour’s drive away.
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