African Travel Concept

Petrified Forest

The Petrified Forest in the Kunene Region contains a history that stretches more than 280 million years, making it a useful stop for any tourist on the route between Twyfelfontein and Khorixas. It lies 42km west of Khorixas and exists in an old river channel that is described as 'an occurrence of fossilized trees'.

Here visitors can see the remains of trees that were washed to the site by massive floods, approximately 280 million years ago. The trees were uprooted millions of years ago and swept along by rivers in flood, covered by sediments and then subsequently uncovered by erosion again.

Specimens of the Welwitschia mirabilis, endemic to the Namib Desert, and other unique desert plants grow in the vicinity.

Being a national monument since 1950, the wood found here is protected under the National Monument Act.






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