The impressive Quiver Tree Forest & the fabulous Fish River Canyon

Approximately 500 km’s south of the capital Windhoek and just 13 km’s north-east of Keetmanshoop, you can find this fascinating forest full of quiver trees. It’s a national monument of Namibia and the name comes from the times of the San people or also known as the Bushmen, who inhabited the south of Africa for 30,000 years. They’re also known for their rock arts, which you can find in another post about the Twyfelfontein and the Brandberg region.
While the men were out hunting, the women would find plants to eat and create baskets/containers from the quiver branches, for the hunters to place their poisonous arrows in. 

These trees are actually not trees but plants from the Aloe family.  Aloe Dichotoma to be specific for our botanical experts and flora lovers. They’re known as Kokerboom in Afrikaans and grow in the (semi-)desert mainly in the south part of Nambia and in the Northern Cape of South-Africa. We understood that they can grow up to 5 meters and occur on rock formations or sloops. Around June/July they flourish with very colorful yellow flowers, so another good reason for us to come back to Namibia. 

From Keetmanshoop we continued our journey to very hot and dry south of the country, to pay a visit to the fabolous Fish River Canyon. After the Grand Canyon in the USA, this is the second largest canyon in the world with a dept of 550 meters. The Fish river is the largest river in Namibia flowing through this canyon into the Oranje.
For the ones who love to hike, this canyon is a very nice 161 km (approximately 5 to 6 days) challenge starting closer to Seeheim and ending up at the hot water springs of Ai-Ais. 

A warm welcome to the Quiver tree forest by this little creature. How can you not like it?!

 

The Duwisib Castle built in 1909 by a German baron Heinrich von Wolf. Amazing details of architecture and a pleasure for us to stay the night at their campsite. A must-visit place on the way from Luderitz to Walvis Bay!

A surreal African sunset in a remote area close to the Duwisib castle, just for the two of us due to the low-season. Some things really are priceless!

Long road to go!

Accompanied by these ostridges the drive becomes even more pleasant

Symbolic for Namibia is the Oryx antelope. Many of these beautiful animals can be found along the road

The desert is not only too hot for the humans

The fabulous Fish River Canyon!