what to see / Quiver Tree Forest

Quiver tree forest & giants’ playground The best-known attraction in Keetmanshoop area is the Quiver Tree Forest near Quiver Tree Rest Camp on the farm Gariganus. The rest camp is 13km north-east of Keetmanshoop. The quiver tree or "Kokerboom" is one of the most interesting and characteristic plants of the very hot and dry parts of Namibia and the northwestern part of the Cape Province in South Africa. Actually it is no tree, but an aloe plant. The botanical name is ALOE DICHOTOMA. Dichotoma refers to the forked branches of the plant. The plant is called a "Kokerboom" because some Bushmen and Hottentots tribes used the tough, pliable bark and branches to make quivers for their arrows. "Koker" is the Afrikaans word for quiver. The quiver tree is a stout tree up to 9 metres high with a smooth trunk which can be up to one meter in diameter at ground level. The plants are usually found growing singly but in some areas the plants gro... read more  Read More