QUIVERTREE FOREST REST CAMP
A visit to the Giant’s Playground to see the incredible dolorite formations is a must and can be organized at the Quivertree Forest Rest Camp. The spectacular quiver tree forest is also right next to the lodge and is any photographer’s dream. Some of the Aloe trees in this forest are estimated to be between 200 and 300 years old. The name of the quiver tree comes from the pliable bark that was used to make quivers by the early Bushmen hunters. These fascinating trees are also called “kokerbome” and only begin to flower for the first time when they are 20 to 30 years old. This particular forest has now been declared a national monument.
The Quivertree Forest Rest Camp is a perfect stopover for groups. The accommodation consists of a number of “Igloo”-type chalets with simple self-catering (self-contained) facilities. There is also a central kitchen, which can be used if the group would like to get together in the evening and enjoy a central campfire. A raised observation deck is a wonderful place to watch the stars in the evening. There is a swimming pool to cool off in during the hot summer months and Quivertree Forest Rest Camp will provide meals on request. There are also 2 larger units which are ideal for families. The friendly hosts and relaxed atmosphere make a visit to Quivertree Forest Rest Camp a pleasure.
The camping facilities are excellent and the campsites have a delightful view of the magnificent and ancient quiver trees in the quiver tree forest. Bird life in the area includes the lovely rosy-faced lovebird and the crimson-breasted shrike.
Keetmanshoop and the Quivertree Forest Rest Camp is a very popular destination between Cape Town and Etosha National park. If you prefer self-catering accommodation, we recommend Etosha Lodge near the Anderson Gate as your accommodation for Etosha. This modern lodge offers both self-contained accommodation and meals for those who want to be spoiled without breaking the bank. However, Halali in the Central part of the Etosha National park offers luxury accommodation and excellent meals. Very few people will visit only two destinations in such a large country like Namibia. While in the north, make sure that you tour Damaraland which is now known as the Kunene district or Kaokoland. In this area we prefer Ugab Terrace Lodge with its fantastic views over the plains and the Vingerklip rock. From Ugab Terrace Lodge your next stop might be Swakopmund. The route will take you through the Skeleton Coast National Park. Swakopmund offers a variety of accommodation including self-catering. The Swakopmund Municipal Rest camp offers about the same standard as Quivertree Rest Camp.
From the Quivertree Forest you can travel west to the Kgalagadi Transfrontier park and then into Botswana. Stay at least two nights in this park before you travel north in Botswana. Kang Ultra Stop along the Trans-Kalahari Highway will most likely be your first overnight stop in Botswana. From Kang the main road leads north to Maun which is the Gateway to the Okavango Delta. The Thamalakane River Lodge is a luxury lodge which can be used as a base to explore the Okavango Delta or simply to enjoy the birdlife in this area.
The Quivertree Forest Rest Camp is proudly associated with other lodges and hotels in Zimbabwe. Allow at least two days to travel from Keetmanshoop to Zimbabwe.
The obvious place to start a holiday in Zimbabwe will be Victoria Falls with its world class hotels and lodges and activities such as White Water Rafting. The Victoria Falls itself was long regarded as the most beautiful of the seven wonders of the world. The Great Zimbabwe Monument in the south of the country is the most important Sub-Sahara archaeological site. Norma Jeane's Lakeview Resort with its beautiful gardens and view over the nearby lake, is our preferred accommodation near the Zimbabwe ruins. They offer both hotel rooms and self-catering accommodation.
Most people flying in to Zimbabwe will land and depart from the capital city Harare. The Jameson Hotel in the centre of the CBD is one of the city's older hotels and highly recommended. For those who prefer five-star luxury the Rainbow Towers Hotel will certainly be the place to be. It is one of Africa's best hotels and their prices are also reasonable.
South Africa is Namibia's Southern neighbour and the economic powerhouse of the region. The border is only 200 km from Keetmanshoop, but the recommended lodges lie more to the east of the country. Amazian Mountain River Lodge is a very romantic lodge in the Drakensberg mountains of Kwazulu-Natal. It is too far from Keetmanshoop to reach in a day. A good overnight stop would be Bains Game Lodge which offers both luxury accommodation and self-catering accommodation similar to the Quivertree Forest Rest Camp.
Another very popular destination is Umngazi River lodge on the banks of the Umngazi River near Port St Johns on the Transkei Wildcoast. This is a luxury family destination in the Eastern Cape. Perhaps you can stay over in the Merino Inn in Colesberg if you decided to visit this area.