From Etosha National Park we drove through Outjo and Khorixas and headed west to Palmwag. On the way we stopped at the Petrified Forest. The Petrified Forest is situated 42 km west of Khorixas in the Kunene Region (previously called Damaraland).
It contains over 50 fossilised tree trunks over 250 million years old. They are thought to have been deposited into a silica rich environment at the site by flood water from areas further north at the end of the last Ice Age, and lack of oxygen prevented decay.
Within the area can be seen the 'living fossil' plant Welwitschia mirabilis, some of which are 2000 years old, and can grow to 8m across. After visiting the site we continue to Palmwag and stayed two days in the Palmwag Lodge with its thatched bungalows and luxury tented accommodation, a oasis located on the Uniab River.
Palmwag Lodge is one of Namibia's oldest and most popular tourist destinations. Around Palmwag Lodge there are large populations of Hartman's Mountain Zebra, giraffe, oryx, springbok and kudu. The predator population is the largest outside of the Etosha National Park, with over 100 lions, cheetah, leopard, brown and spotted hyena. Bird life is prolific and diverse with most of Namibia's endemics present.
This concession supports a healthy population of desert adapted black rhino and elephants, under the management of the Save the Rhino Trust. We did a Sundown Tour but could only see some Kudu and Springbok.