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Mesosaurus Fossil Site & Quiver Tree Dolerite Park

near Keetmanshoop - southern Namibia

The Mesosaurus Fossil Site and Quiver Tree Dolerite Park, is situated in southern Namibia, 38kms north east of the town of Keetmanshoop. It is set in an area that includes the Mesosaurus Fossil Site, The Quiver Tree Forest, (with over 5,000 specimens) and eroded dolorite rock formations. Not only is it the ideal setting to view and photograph these attractions, but it is within easy reach of Fish River Canyon and Ai-Ais hot springs.

Many guests enjoy the breathtaking scenery when admiring the harsh and unforgiving landscape, but find it difficult to imagine that they are actually standing at the bottom of an ancient lake.

A simple breakfast of an omelette, cereals and toast, or an evening braai meal can be ordered in advance. A 12v lighting system is supplied by solar energy and some electrical appliances can be charged in the farm house by the owners.

Accommodation is in 4 basic but comfortable chalets with twin beds in each unit. The self-catering facilities are in a communal kitchen area, and include gas stove and freezer, braai, pots, pans and cutlery.

Activities include a 2hr guided visit to the Mesosaurus (well-preserved) fossils and ancient Quiver trees, stacks of dolorite rock formations and blocks, a visit to German war graves, 3 and 10km hiking trails, scenic sundowner drives and a self-drive 16km route, for 4x4 or high clearance vehicles.

Mesosaurus Fossil Site & Quiver Tree Dolerite Park. Where the past meets the present!

Accommodation in Namibia

  • Mesosaurus: Bark
  • Mesosaurus: Fossil Hand1
  • Mesosaurus: Chalet Outside
  • Mesosaurus: Room Interior 2
  • Mesosaurus: Entrance From Main Road
  • Mesosaurus: Bird Watering Hole
  • Mesosaurus: Fossil
  • Mesosaurus: Mesosaurus
  • Mesosaurus: Room Interior
  • Mesosaurus: Chalet Outside 1
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Guided tour
explore the forests of ancient Quiver trees and Dolorite rock formations on a two hour tour to the Mesosaurus fossils
Visit to German war graves
visit the war graves of German soldiers burried in the area
Hiking Trails
3 and 10 km hiking trails are available on the property
Scenic sundowner drives
Enjoy the scenery with a drink
4x4 Trails
16km Route for high clearance vehicles
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Directions to the lodge

North of Keetmanshoop head east on the C16, then follow the R29 until it braches onto the C17 - the lodge is along this road (follow the signs to Koes)

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Canyon Hotel

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Keetmanshoop Central Lodge

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The undisputed winner of the longest lodge name in Namibia, MFSQTDP offers accommodation at reasonable prices

Quiver Tree Forest Rest Camp

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