Quiver Tree Forest

The Quiver Tree Forest is located about 14 km north-east of the town of Keetmanshoop, on the road to the small village of Koës, in southern Namibia. Here grows, on a private farm, about 250 specimens of the quiver tree, or aloe dichotoma, which is a tall, branching species of aloe, indigenous to the Northern Cape region of South Africa, and parts of Southern Namibia. The unusual look of aloe dichotoma has made this area a popular tourist attraction.The quiver tree is not really a tree, rather a plant of the genus aloe, as evident from its scientific name, and one of the few species of aloe that reaches tree proportions —it can grow 7 to 9 meters high. It has a stout stem that may grow to one meter in diameter, and is covered with beautiful golden brown scales with sharp edges. The crown consist of numerous forked branches, which gives the species its name dichotoma, which means forked. The quiver tree is so named because native bushmen used to make quivers from the branches of the tree. Aloe dichotoma doesn't have real wood but a soft pulpy tissue, that can be hollowed out easily. One end of the hollow section is closed off with a piece of leather and used by the bushmen to hold arrows. The natives also used large hollowed out trunks to store food and water. The fibrous tissue of the trunk has a cooling effect as air passes through, allowing the natives to store perishables for longer durations.

🙂 Quiver Tree Forest. Baby Meerkat. Cheetah. Sunset. Sunrise

🙁 Flat tyres!

Sunday, 27 December 2020: Bagetelle Lodge – Quiver Tree Forest (285Km) 38 C

After leaving the wonderful Bagatelle Lodge, we had travelled about 40Kms when we heard a loud BANG!! The tyre had burst.!! Aargh. A very helpful chap was like an angel walking on the road in the middle of absolutely nowhere and asked if he could help. It was already 38C! After an hour in the sweltering heat without any shade and on a sandy surface he finally changed the tyre so we gave him water, nik-naks and R1,000 – from the look of joy on his face we could see that his Christmas had definitely come! It had clearly been a reconditioned tyre which had burst on a previous seam of repair.

We continued on our journey and arrived at 14h30. We checked in and were able to buy ice cold beers!! Hoorah! We set up camp which overlooked the quiver tree forest – very lovely.

Made salad and sandwiches and then went to the pool for a much needed swim as it was extremely hot.

We chatted to the owners who had adopted a baby meerkat – too adorable. It was so sweet and loved playing with us and the dog. The dog was extremely maternal and had adopted and suckled several other species of animals including the 2 resident cheetahs when they were babies! We spent a very happy hour indulging this little fellow!

At 5 pm we watched him call and feed the cheetahs who were purring loudly.

Charlotte and I went into the Quiver Tree Forest for sunset – spectacular.

Met a SAFFA called Barry who we invited for a braai of steak and mash and gem squash and some red wine which we had bought from the owner. The stars were spectacular but Paul was too tired to set up the camera. Fast asleep by 11pm.

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