Trees & Rocks

Trip Start Jan 30, 2009
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Trip End Aug 01, 2009


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Flag of Namibia  , Central Plateau,
Tuesday, March 31, 2009

We next drove north to see the famous Quiver tree or Kokerboom which is a species of aloe indigenous to South Africa, specifically in the Northern Cape region, and Namibia. The "tree" can grow up to 30 feet high with a smooth trunk up to 4 feet wide. Some of the trees in the park were between 200 to 300 years old. Modeling of Aloe dichotoma (scienific name) in South Africa and Namibia has contributed to understanding of protected area needs in response to climate change.

Known as Choje to the indigenous San people, the Quiver tree gets its name from the San practice of hollowing out the tubular branches of Aloe dichotoma to form quivers for their arrows.

We also stopped at a place called the "Giants Playground" because of the large rock formations that look like blocks.
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