Trip Report: 28 – 29 December 2015
I arrived at the campsite around 4 pm and popped into the reception to book myself in and to pay my fees so that the next day I could be on my way, whatever time I pleased.
The temperature ranged in the high thirty degrees Celcius during the day and around twenty degrees during the night. The cloud cover may look cold and rain threatening, but it is hot during this time of year. All the farmers were waiting for some rain.
8 Reasons why you should visit Quivertree Forest Rest Camp. The things you can see here and nearby:
- The incredibly old forest full of Quiver Trees.
- The Cheetah’s being fed at the end of the day while Coenie Nolte educates you about them. They offer a guided tour on foot or a Cheetah drive around the camp for you to be able to get up close and personal with the Cheetahs and have the opportunity to take some incredible early morning pictures.
- Giants Playground with its ginormous dolerite rock formations that look like they have been stacked one on top of the other. A perfect place for a sunrise or sunset stroll.
- The Rest Camp is well situated for an easy and perfect pitstop if you’re travelling along the B1. A perfect bush camp out of town. Only 15 kilometres, just off the B1 from the city of Keetmanshoop.
- Lots of well-kept campsites with barbeque facilities, a tap for water, electricity and the fantastic ablution facilities. There is also a swimming pool on the grounds.
- If camping isn’t your thing, they have some houses, bungalows or a room you can hire.
- They offer dinner and breakfast options.
- Owned and run by the friendly and knowledgeable Coenie and Ingrid Nolte family.
It was time to get my feet into the soft sand and to set up camp so I drove around the campsites and found one of the furthermost sites still free. One that Ian and I had spent a night at before. The very first time we had ever camped here. We’ve been back plenty of occasions over the past couple of years.
With nostalgia overtaking my senses and being right by the foot of the forest.
I thought it was a perfect place for me to camp for the night. I plugged my long electrical lead into the plug point nearby so that I could charge up my almost dead, cell phone and the next minute I was picking up a high pitched noise. Getting worried it was an electrical short, I put my ear closer to the power plug. It wasn’t that. I came to the conclusion it was the millions of little critters, the insects that lived in the forest that started coming out from their hibernation from the harsh beating sun into the coolness of the late afternoon shade. I moved from there to look around and to hear if this was the same everywhere else. The volume of the noise was a bit better to the ear the further away from the foot of the forest. I decided a more central campsite for the night would be best.
5 Things to remember when choosing a site for a campervan:
- Level ground. If not level then at least level enough to use the levellers we have that you can drive your car up to stabilise it to be level. These in the past have also worked well as a windbreaker underneath the sliding door to stop the wind from coming through, underneath the car while sitting by the seaside.
- Wind direction. To be able to open the sliding door and have your table outside, out of the wind. The side where your fire will be on and hopefully the smoke won’t blow into your vehicle. For easy and comfortable use it’s always best to be out of the wind.
- Electricity points. If your campsite has an electrical plug point for you to tap into then, your extension lead will need to reach this.
- Roof clearance. Making sure that there are no trees that may keep you awake at night if the wind picks up. The scratching noise on the side of your vehicle can get irritating.
- Privacy. Most campsites these days allow for enough privacy from one set of campers to the next. The way you position your car could just enhance this even more.
I’d eaten along the road so lit a small fire for pure enjoyment while having a cuppa and taking in the natural beauty all around me. There were quite a few other campers who ended up camping that night of 28 December, but no one ended up on top of each other.
I had a lovely warm shower just before bed. The ablution facilities at Quivertree forest are built out of stone and fit for royalty as they’re kept immaculate. A sufficient amount of them can be found scattered here or there around the huge camping area. They house two showers on the one side of the building and two bathroom rooms on the other, consisting of the toilet and handbasin. There is a scullery area outside each ablution block.
The sky was being lit up by lightning strikes in the distance to my right as the sun was setting just slightly to the left. Most of the time the sun was well hidden behind the clouds.
The peacefulness of the evening that was only disturbed by the odd car driving past on the gravel road off to the one side.
The sunset in the picture above with my campfire on the go and below the sunrise with the sun popping through the clouds to welcome the new day.
I woke up at 5.30 am to the pattering of raindrops coming down on the roof. I quickly jumped out of bed and pulled the rooftop tent down as I didn’t want it to get too wet. I wanted to get a nice, early start on the road so that I could reach my next destination with time to relax and enjoy the afternoon around the dam.
It had been quite humid during the night, and I felt like being fresh for my drive ahead, so I started my day with a lovely warm shower and a cuppa while watching the sunrise.
In the picture below you can see how they make use of the big boulder slabs for a table at the campsites.
I managed to leave at 7 am, thinking I was making excellent head time. It was too good to be true.
There was an obstacle that I had to endure along my way, that was going to set me back, time and money wise. To find out what this was, please continue to my next page.
Quivertree Forest Rest Camp Contact Information:
Coenie and Ingrid Nolte
P.O. Box 262
To contact them via phone, dial the number very slowly as they are using a Satellite phone and one needs to be patient for the connection to link up.
Sat Tel: + 264 (0)83 7683 421
Web page: www.quivertreeforest.com
I came across this web page – Keetmanshoop weather records for the year 2015 which has some interesting and relevant information for the area that you may want to see.
Below are some links that will take you to our other pages and pictures from previous times we’ve spent at Quivertree Forest Rest Camp and Giants Playground.
Click here for our gallery of photos from 2009.
Click here for our trip report for August 2013.