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Petrified Forest, Damaraland

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An accumulation of tree trunks over 250 million years old, Petrified Forest stands as a national monument in the center of an arid desert. Discovered in the 1940s, the fossilized tree trunks were probably carried to this spot by an extensive flood. It's illegal to carry off even the smallest bit of petrified wood from here, and tour guides must accompany all visitors. Using our world travel planner, Damaraland attractions like Petrified Forest can form part of a personalized travel itinerary.
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  • After entry, a guide takes you along defined tracks to see the petrified logs. Interesting site with some ancient plants as well.  more »
  • Nice geohistorical site for who that loves natural science. Impressionant wood fossilized piecies. Beautiful landscape. Short walk (45min) and the guide will tell more about why and how that fossils w...  more »
  • The guided tour on an 800m-long path is quite nice. The Guide gives some information about flora and fauna. However, I find the price of 200 N$ for two people for an 800m-long way not in relation. We have seen 5 trees on the way, after 15 minutes, the tour was over. At the entrance stands a large sign which points out that to a year in prison spending and pays the penalty, you should steal a stone. The Guide has reviewed right several times that before the 'Hello'.
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  • Small area with about four well preserved petrified tree trunks and many smaller pieces. Guided tours only, friendly and well informed guides. Fixed prices for official guides. Many small to medium Welwitschia.
  • Don't miss it. It's a 1 hour guided walk. The guides are very kind and their explanations are great.
  • Is a nice spot to stop at but can't say is great. The guides are knowledgeable on why this rocky wood came about, but after 10 minutes you are done. Is a good place to stop and rest after long drives and maybe picnic... but.... not much else.
  • Very interesting place and knowledgable guide 😉
  • This is not a forest, it is some logs on the floor. It is interesting... but not worth either the 1h detour or the approx. $10 entrance fee unless you're really into rocks/wood/wood that has turned into rocks.
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