I am busy working through the pictures taken during our December 2018 Namibia trip to select pictures for our trip report which will be coming soon. In the process I came across the sunset pictures taken in the Quiver Tree Forest plus minus 14 kilometers north-east of Keetmanshoop.

Searching with Google I came across the following information re the forest.

The forest grew spontaneously, and the oldest trees are estimated to be around two to three centuries old. This African forest was declared a National Monument on 1 June 1995. Plus minus 250 quiver trees can be found in this area.

These unusual-looking trees can reach heights anywhere between three and nine meters and only bloom once they are between 20 and 30 years old. Quiver trees are endemic to the Nama Karoo in the south of Namibia and along the Great Escarpment in the west

The San people who used to populate the area used the branches from these trees to make their quivers. The tree was named by Simon van der Stel in 1685, after he heard the story about the quivers.

Quiver trees were declared to be endangered by the International Union for Conservation of Nature and Natural Resources (IUCN) in 2010.


Pieter & Gerida