Quiver Tree Forest, Namibia

Quiver Tree Forest

The Quiver Trees are regarded as a national symbol of Namibia. The plant species is not actually a tree, but rather an Aloe capable of growing over 30 feet tall. Their distinctive smooth branches and scale-like bark can grow to be over 300 years old, relics of Namibia. This ancient world of aloes is located 14km from Keetmanshoop on the Gariganus Farm. The tree gets its name from the San bushmen who used to use it to make quiver arrows. The forest was declared a national monument of Namibia in 1995. Only 5km away sits the geological phenomenon of Giant’s Playground. This is a collection of rock formations between 160 and 180 million years old, a maze of stone piles seemingly stretching to infinity.