Petrified Forest
Petrified Forest
3.5

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J9122CJbiancab
Eldoraigne4 contributions
2.0 of 5 bubbles
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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Traveloguista
Brussels, Belgium43 contributions
2.0 of 5 bubbles
Nov 2023 • Family
The trees are intereesting and the visit is not a complete waste of time. However, the price is way too high for a 800m hike with a moderately knowledgeable guide who shows you some 4-5 trees lying on the ground (yes, forest is a misnomer). 45 euro for a family of four is a rip-off for such a site.
Written November 4, 2023
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BoardingGateA14
140 contributions
1.0 of 5 bubbles
Sep 2022 • Family
Another Namibian heritage ripoff, overcharging tourists €15 each for a 5 minute visit. Avoid this stop, drive another 3km and there is a community run site that offers nice tours at half the price with 30m long piece of petrified wood. More tourists should stop and tell them "no".
Written September 9, 2022
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Martyn P
London, UK195 contributions
2.0 of 5 bubbles
Sep 2022
The trees themselves were fascinating, but once you had seen one tree, you had seen them all.
NA$250 was a bit steep for a visit that probably lasted no longer than 20 minutes. I hope the money goes to proper preservation...
Written September 21, 2022
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SouthAfricawithlove
South Africa2,128 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Apr 2022 • Couples
This is absolutely a must see activity. We did the 30 minute tour en loved everything about it. The guide Deon was by far one of the best guides in Namibia. His knowledge is totally on par. He went out of his way to make our tour extremely interesting.
Written June 14, 2022
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Graham H
Nairobi Region, Kenya17 contributions
2.0 of 5 bubbles
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, UK986 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
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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dianedinky
Dunfermline, UK1,353 contributions
2.0 of 5 bubbles
Sep 2023 • Solo
I only was here because the visit was included as part of the overall group holiday. If checking out places to go myself I never would have picked it.
It is not a forest!
Maybe one day it was, but now it is a few tree trunks lying on the ground.
I felt sorry for the guide as he was so enthusiastic and clearly proud of this area but there was no wow factor for me. I did enjoy seeing the national Welwitschia plant though and hearing a bit about them.
So one star for the guide and one more for the plants but zilch for the trees I'm afraid.
Written January 1, 2024
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Sally
2 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Jul 2022
Truly fantastic to see these giants turned to stone. Our guide, Bernardus, was excellent and very informative. The walk was short and even enough for my mom (84 years old) to manage. Unfortunately, the roads to the petrified forest are gravel roads with some seriously steep dips. Would advise using 4x4 vehicle. We also saw our first Welwitschias here.
Written July 27, 2022
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kelmci
Southampton335 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
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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