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"Petrified trees and Welwitchia in the Damaraland" Top 5 Page for this destination Plants - Welwitschia, Quiver trees, Baobab Tip by Myndo

  Petrified tree and Welwitchia
by Myndo

These fossilated Trees are about 280 Million years old.
As the ones in Amerika, you can still see that they were actually trees, they have the year-rings and sometimes the bark is visible. But they are from stone -achate I think.
Nobody knows where they come from, the most common theorie is, that a huge floodwave took them with it from way north.

It is a national monument, so do not take any souvenirs with you, here.
You will need a guide to come with you (and watch that you don´t take anything). They can be quite persistent. The guide costs around 20N$ but he will not tell you much about what you see.

What I found interesting is, that the famous Welwitchia (see: Welwitchia-drive from Swakopmund) grows here also. That is not written in the Travel books. And you can see them more easy than on the drive...

The picture shows the plant Welwitchia mirabilis with a petrified tree.Damaraland, west of Khorixas
D2612 will bring you there

Directions: Between Twyfelfountain and Khorixas at the D2620/C39

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  • Updated Jul 22, 2004
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