Quivertree Forest and Giant's Playground

Quivertree Forest and Giant's Playground

Quivertree Forest and Giant's Playground
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  • Jurgen B
    Brussels, Belgium2,852 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Superb!
    For one of the four of us, this was the highlight of south Namibia! Entry price includes giant's playground now. Not cheap. The cheetah enclosure looks sad. The quivertrees are the real reason to come here
    Visited December 2023
    Traveled with family
    Written January 4, 2024
  • Marga O
    Pretoria, South Africa67 contributions
    3.0 of 5 bubbles
    The quiver tree forest will get a 4, playground of the giants a 5 and Management a 1 …
    I would pay the 100 nam dollar to visit the sights but would NEVER again opt for overnight …. Management ( lady) just to rude…. Honestly don’t understand why you would engage with visitors if you really dislike “ travelers” ? Please consider another profession….
    Visited May 2024
    Traveled as a couple
    Written May 26, 2024
  • Alan M
    10 contributions
    3.0 of 5 bubbles
    Fascinating
    The trees are fascinating, beautiful, captivating. Well worth the price of admission. The frontline staff certainly lived up to their reputation as per other reviews, abrupt, condescending just plain rude. Might consider a career change
    Visited July 2024
    Traveled with family
    Written July 18, 2024
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Bettina
3 contributions
1.0 of 5 bubbles
May 2023 • Friends
Very unfriendly reception and rude behaviour when we did not have the required cash amount ($15 short pp). Were told that only cash was accepted, then later CC but with an additional 10%. Entrance fee has risen enormously anyway and $30 out of $220 (we only had $190) would have not made a big dent in their pockets. Plus they could have been nicer about it. Very disappointing.
Written May 7, 2023
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Ernst38
Windhoek, Namibia375 contributions
1.0 of 5 bubbles
Oct 2022
Very rude lady selling the entrance tickets. It is ridiculous to be asked to pay N$ 100 (locals, foreigners, kids) for a National Heritage site that happens to be on a private farm by accident. The other quiver tree forest in the area (with much more trees) charge far less. By the way, I am not sure about the kept cheetahs... Really not a place that should be supported in its current way.
Written October 17, 2022
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Susie P
Cape Town, South Africa4 contributions
2.0 of 5 bubbles
Jun 2024 • Couples
I have never shared a negative review but I have also never experienced such an ugly interaction with a proprietor. When parking at (unmarked parking) reception we inadvertently bumped a plant. The proprietor came out and asked us to move our vehicle. When we did as requested, he accused me of “walking away” from the damage and demanded compensation. When we followed him to his office and attempted to discuss the situation he said we could pay N1000 or leave immediately. We paid him as requested and he rudely said we lacked integrity! We LOVE Namibia and have had amazingly positive experiences with every Namibian we have encountered except him. On a more positive note, the campsite was empty and comfortable and the quiver trees are very special.
Written June 13, 2024
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Alan M
10 contributions
3.0 of 5 bubbles
Jul 2024 • Family
The trees are fascinating, beautiful, captivating. Well worth the price of admission. The frontline staff certainly lived up to their reputation as per other reviews, abrupt, condescending just plain rude. Might consider a career change
Written July 18, 2024
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Marga O
Pretoria, South Africa67 contributions
3.0 of 5 bubbles
May 2024 • Couples
I would pay the 100 nam dollar to visit the sights but would NEVER again opt for overnight …. Management ( lady) just to rude…. Honestly don’t understand why you would engage with visitors if you really dislike “ travelers” ? Please consider another profession….
Written May 26, 2024
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rmitgoteam
Naples, FL1,225 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Sep 2014 • Couples
Giant's Playground is a maze of stone piles that seemingly stretches on forever. It's located off a gravel road 5 km north of the Quivertree Forest (same entrance fee). There's a parking lot with a nice modern toilet. A tall brown water tower stands next to it. No one is present to check your ticket. The danger here is that the circular path through the stones is not well marked. It starts out fine with a couple of white arrow signs pointing in the right direction. But after a while the signs stopped and the main path branched off to here and there. While it proceeds in a right-hand circle around the site, it also twists and turns all the time. With no signs, we soon became disoriented and didn't know which way to go. All the rock constellations, while beautiful, look the same after a while and it's nearly impossible to remember if you passed them before (some seemed staged while others are amazingly authentic). The walking path is set below all the rocks so it's impossible to see the horizon to help locate where you are. All you can see are more and more rock piles. It's easy to walk in the complete wrong direction and not really know where you are. No one else was there when we visited in the late afternoon so calling out to others was futile. After 20 long minutes of this wandering, we eventually climbed to the top of a tall rock to try to get some perspective. Luckily, we were able to spot the brown water tower off in the distance and walked in that direction to eventually get back to the parking lot. Our guess is that some jokester removed some of the path signs and they have not been replaced. This all might sound funny, but it wasn't not knowing where you are with the temperature 36 C. in the hot sun. The Quivertree Forest is nice and makes for some great photos against the blue sky. It's not really a forest but a dense stand of Quivertrees spread around rock hills. We had trouble locating the entrance gate to the walking path. It's not marked and we had to drive around the large camping site searching for it (a fence blocks entrance except at the gate). Other campers we followed couldn't find it either. Eventually we found it. It appears to us that the farm owner doesn't really care whether you easily find your way around these two sites or not. Otherwise, there would be better directional signs at both places. Not finding the Quivertree Forest entrance gate was frustrating, but getting lost in the Giant's Playground was a more serious issue. So pay special attention to where you are walking until proper signage is posted here.
Written September 30, 2014
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Traveller123CT
Cape Town Central, South Africa206 contributions
1.0 of 5 bubbles
May 2014 • Couples
The quiver trees are great. But why oh why does the woman running the place have to be so utterly awful? This quiver tree forest was declared a national monument in 1955 and yet it is run by someone who appears to despise tourists. I wish I'd known about the Mesosaurus Fossil Site - read its reviews here: http://www.tripadvisor.co.za/Hotel_Review-g480217-d1576539-Reviews-Mesosaurus_Fossil_Camp-Keetmanshoop_Central_Plateau.html.

The quiver tree forest we saw has 250 trees. An oxymoron as they are neither trees nor a forest! But it was wonderful nonetheless and we did enjoy the tranquility of the "forest" and the beauty of the trees. But NAD 55 per person is rather a stiff fee for nothing other than gaining entry. I understand from the Tripadvisor reviews of the Mesosaurus Fossil Site that you get an entertaining guided tour of their "forest" of 5000 trees. At the site we visited, the Quiver Tree Forest, you immediately feel bad that you're disturbing the woman running the place because she obviously has better things to do than attend to people who wish to pay to enter her farm. And any questions are responded to by being handed a brief pamphlet with a few words in various languages of the site.

Whichever site you choose, I would think that sunrise or sunset would be the best times to visit due to the dramatic photo opportunities, or even sans camera for the dramatic outlines of the trees. We visited at 11am and the trees were still beautiful. Also, we were the only ones there at first, so we enjoyed the solitude of the place. It was a little hot at that time, however, to stay longer than about 30 minutes. (We wanted to get there earlier but we were stuck in Keetmanshoop trying to withdraw cash, struggling to find an ATM that was online or where the queues weren't snaking around the block it being Saturday morning and payday. We'd already filled up and the credit card machine at the petrol station would not work. A good warning that if you're ever in a hurry in Namibia, make sure you already have enough cash on you!)
Written May 4, 2014
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Gerard
Boksburg, South Africa42 contributions
2.0 of 5 bubbles
Jul 2018 • Couples
Well worth a visit, but you just as well drive past the gate and you will see most of it from the roadside. Very unfriendly people who charge R170 for a couple to enter, no pricelist, no receipt. Oh and then please drive another 5kms and let yourself in at Giants Playground which is pretty much a waste of time. The campsite looked like a reasonable option but still feel ripped off.
Written July 9, 2018
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harry l
Cape Town, South Africa57 contributions
1.0 of 5 bubbles
May 2018 • Friends
Having been at the Quivertree forest several time, all I can say it is getting worse and more expensive every time
Written June 22, 2018
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MarkfromtheIsland
Duncan, Canada802 contributions
1.0 of 5 bubbles
Oct 2017 • Couples
You drive into the Quiver Tree Forest reception and it turns out to be a day care (or so it seems). Walk into the 'office' and a hostile woman will take 85 NAD per person from you, hand you a piece of paper the size of a bookmark with some info on quiver trees on it and point you up the hill to a parking lot on the other side of their farm.

This is just someone's yard that has more quiver trees than usual in it and they've turned it into a tourist attraction.

Yeah - there's a bunch of quiver trees up there to look at. No clearly marked trail, no additional info. Yes, there are toilets.

Instead of wasting your money here, drive about 30 seconds further and you'll see almost as many trees by the side of the road that you can visit and photograph for free.

Giant's playground was a joke - a bunch of stacked rocks that may or may not have been intentionally placed that way - there's no info other than a bunch of hostile warning signs about what you should NOT do (litter, enter without paying, etc).

Total waste of time.

Throw your money on the street, give it to a charity, light a cigar with it. All better uses for your hard earned cash than wasting it on this.
Written October 26, 2017
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