Petrified Forest

Petrified Forest, Khorixas: Address, Petrified Forest Reviews: 3.5/5

Petrified Forest
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Louis Dumont
Switzerland549 contributions
Jun 2021
If passing by, I would recommend you to stop here. You'll have to take a local guide who will explain the history of the place and the way the wood was petrified. The viist is pretty interesting and last around 30 minutes.
Written August 8, 2021
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Erwin
Antwerp, Belgium3,068 contributions
Dec 2019
The Petrified Forest is a national monument, proclaimed on 1st March 1950, after being discovered by two farmers in the 1940s.
The Petrified Forest is situated about 50 km west of Khorixas.
You will also find some nice specimen of the Welwitschia
Written November 10, 2020
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J9122CJbiancab
Eldoraigne5 contributions
Dec 2019
It was nice to see the fossilised trees and have the guide point out interesting facts; however I was a little disappointed. You only walk about 800m inside the park and was over really quickly, I did not think it was worth the entrance fee you have to pay. The name is also slightly misleading, it is not a forest, there are instances of fossilised trees that the guide points out. If you are passing, stop and have a look, but don't drive there specially.
Written February 12, 2020
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Graham H
Nairobi Region, Kenya13 contributions
Dec 2019
If you are passing, then stop and have a look, but don't go out of your way. The previous afternoon, we nearly drove 70km to go and see the Petrified Forest as we thought that we would be going a different way the next day. So glad that we didn't make a special journey. There are a number of other places along the road also advertising themselves as The Petrified Forest but this one is the official Government one. It was lets say "Uninspiring" and the guide didn't help. He was obviously bored with his job.
Written February 1, 2020
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Jane N
London, UK860 contributions
Sep 2019
We had an excellent guide who took her time to explain everything to us. There are around 50 fossilised trees reckoned to be about 260 million years old scattered over an area of sandstone. The absence of roots and branches suggest that the trees did not originate here but were carried by floodwaters from retreating glaciers. After being deposited the logs were saturated with silica-rich water which penetrated the cells of the trees gradually causing petrification.
There are toilets and a shop here.
Written January 12, 2020
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kelmci
Southampton351 contributions
Nov 2019
We stopped here for a walk around the forest to see what is basically a few trees that have been fossilised over many thousands of years. It was interesting, and worth a visit, but you need to be fit to keep up with the guide as she had started her talk whilst the stragglers in our group were still catching up with us at the next fallen tree. As expected the area is very sandy, and Stoney, but worth a visit to say I have been there
Written December 9, 2019
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aalpol
Muenster, Germany89 contributions
Nov 2019
I cannot imagine how much 200 millions years are and then to see and feel those petrified trees is truly amazing! They lay there on the surface and from a distance they look like dead wooden trees lying around, with their annual rings visible. But when you touch it, it is stone. When you enter the site you get a guide who is explaining all the how and why pretty well.
I find this pretty impressive and a must see if you are in the neighbourhood!
Written December 8, 2019
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Jelibori
Maidenhead, UK150 contributions
Jul 2019 • Friends
Amazing to hear and understand how all came about but left feeling a bit disappointed. Partly as not what I was expecting and sadly our guide wasn't that engaging so probably accounted for it. Worth seeing if you are passing by.
Written July 21, 2019
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sourosircar
Sandhurst, UK996 contributions
May 2019 • Solo
Me and my tour group came to this place as part of a tour guide when exploring Namibia for the first time. Our guide to this location took us in and we had to read and obey a mandatory sign warning against touching or talking items from the petrified forest and even littering, which knowing how fragile the environment is we understood and respected well. The terrain here is quite uneven and tricky so you need stedy firm walking shoes as well as a companion who will lend a helping hand for you. The area is so vast and dry, so you can easily be overwhelmed by the heat so make sure you take enough water with you when exploring this forest. The local guide explain how the trees were fossiled and the lifecycle of the oldest plant in the world, which is the welwitschia mirabillis where you will find some small number of them located here. Very interesting landscape with an interesting story to tell.
Written June 22, 2019
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ljmobg
Denver, CO102 contributions
Jun 2019 • Friends
Signposted Versteende Woud this large area includes ~50 large pine tree trunks which were brought to this area by a flood 260 million years ago. The trunks are without roots or branches and are up to 34m long and up to 6m in diameter. They are intentionally left as they were found, without excavation or protection from the elements. There is a fine for stealing any of the thousands of various sized pieces of petrified wood lying on the ground.
Written June 13, 2019
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