Petrified Forest, Damaraland

3.3
#2 of 6 in Nature in Otjozondjupa Region
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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  • We visited this place expecting to see a blackened forest of decayed tree stumps. What you actually see is felled tree trunks that have literally turned to stone.  more »
  • A brief walk that gives the opportunity to view some impressive petrified trees, some divided naturally into sections that look (but aren't) man-made. There are aslo some living ground plants that hav...  more »
  • Great and exciting investment. A friendly guide told us a lot to the trees and their history. The facility is accessible easily (for small children). It is worth to stop once to view many small animals
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  • Very interesting visit. One hour visit well spent. Attention to the false sites!
  • It was a very interesting visit
  • Good to see welwitschia mirabilis and tree stumps that turned to stone
  • The place is unique and the tour increases the astonishment. Be exstremely careful with those poison bushes, they are dangerous. A liitle tip will make your tour really personal!
  • The entire region is beautiful, so the Painted Forest is no exception, but if you HAVE seen painted forests before (of the admittedly few in the world), this isn't terribly exciting—painted forests are technically fascinating, but not all that spellbinding in person.

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