Quiver Tree Forest

The ‘Aloe dichotoma’ Quiver Tree is a rare plant occuring only in north-western South Africa and most of all in southern Namibia. It is called quiver tree because in earlier times the San made quivers from the branches. There are two well-known spots with numerous large aloes in the vicinity of Keetmanshoop.

These trees are estimated to be 200 to 300 years old. The ‘forest’ at Farm Gariganus north-east of Keetmanshoop consists of about 250 trees, scattered far apart. This site was proclaimed a National Heritage Site in 1955. The other ‘forest’ is located about 20 km north of Keetmanshoop, right next to the tarred road.

Quiver trees flower in June/July. Their large, brilliantly yellow flower heads form a wonderful contrast to the clear, deep blue southern sky. Situated on rocky outcrops, the quiver tree forests are attractive photo themes in the morning and evening light.

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