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Nov 25, 2013 - Keetsmanshoop (Keetsmanskop/Keetman's)

11/25 From Bonnie's Journal: As it was, the next day, Nov. 25, we got on an early (we thought) minibus to Keetman's where we were told we could get onward transport to the South African border. At 8:30 am an empty minibus picked us and the German lady (Katia) up. "Great" we thought, "we get to choose our seats first". NOT! That bus only took us to the Real bus that was almost full at a gas station on the edge of town. So typical! As it turned out I ended up on the front middle seat (a horrible place really, a hard high seat over the engine...

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Nov 20, 2011 - Quiver Me Timbers

Happy 1st Anniversary Chris And Jamie! For your anniversary we treated ourselves to buffet breakfast at the lodge before hitting the road. The Quiver Tree Forest by Keetmanshoop was on the agenda today. It rained all night sometimes heavy which kept it cool. We all welcome the cool weather. Yesterday was the first day I wore pants all day long in Namibia. Aus, they say, is the only place where some snow can fall in winter.  The Quiver Tree Forest was a nice place to get out of the vehicle for a walk. The unusual trees and many rock dassies...

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Sep 19, 2010 - Quivertree Forest & Giants Playground

Nach weiteren, gemuetlichen 230km Nichts gelangten wir in den Quivertreeforest. Keine Ahnung, wie diese eigenartig anmutenden Baeume auf Deutsch heissen, sehr spezielle und genuegsame Pflanzen. Unweit davon entfernt war der sogenannte Giants Playground, wie dahingewuerfelte grosse Steinbrocken im Nirgendwo. Die Fahrt ging weiter ins -aus 1 ganzen Hotel bestehende, lt. Namen vielversprechende- mitten in der Wueste stehende "Seeheim".

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May 1, 2010 - route dag 4a Mariental - Keetmanshoop

Mariental - Fish River Canyon (time 5 hours, distance 400 km) Mariental - Keetmanshoop In the morning we head towards Fish River Canyon. Just before we arrive at Keetmanshoop, we will make a stop at the Quiver Tree Forest. These trees are related to the African Aloë and are only found in the southern parts of Namibia. This National Quiver Tree Forest is the largest in the world. We head on to the Giant's Playground, where large boulders are stacked to look like a Playground....

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Sep 4, 2009 - Keetmanshoop

To break up the long drive back to Cape Town, we spent a night in a fiberglass igloo (strangest place we've stayed so far) near the Quivertree Forest National Monument. The guesthouse (or igloo, rather) where we stayed was also a sanctuary for orphaned and injured animals. They family kept 4 cheetahs, a warthog, a one-legged dog and many other pets. The cheetah were kept in huge enclosures and we were able to see them get fed and to pet them while they were eating. Beautiful cats. Initially, we thought the owner may have kept the cheetahs...

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Aug 28, 2009 - Hiking Fish River Canyon

We left R and G at the airport for their flight back to Brisbane as we headed to Windhoek in Namibia. Our plan was to to drive to Kleetmanshoop that same day where we would spend the night and then drive on to Ai-Ais Campsite the following day to start our 5 day trek of Fish River Canyon. Our flight was uneventful and we finally made it into town (the airport is a good 40 minute drive from the centre of the city) to pick up our hire car. Apparently, there was some mix up at the hire car company and we ended up with an “AA” car (the cheapest...

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Dec 2, 2006 - Africa's grand canyon (Keetmanshoop, Namibia)

Keetmanshoop is one of the oldest established towns in Namibia. We use Keetmanshoop as our base to visit Quiver Tree Forest and Giant's Playground. The Quiver Tree Forest 'trees' are in fact aloe plants which usually only grow singly, but which in a few places grow in large numbers, giving the impression of a small forest. The name quiver tree derives from the former practice of some of the San and Nama peoples of using the light, tough hollowed out branches of the plant as quivers for their arrows. At The Giant's Playground there is a...

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