This is one of my favorite places in Namibia: the Giant’s playground. It’s called that because the ground is littered with impossibly massive stones, as if left by some towering creature. Wandering through these jagged dolerite boulders left me feeling very small. It was as if an ancient Giant set out to create a maze made of boulders but then got frustrated and knocked half of them down. The rocks are all piled up atop one another in pyramids, balanced like diving boards in some prehistoric swimming pool and spilling out across the ground at odd angles.
I, like many people, who have visited this site had so many questions. Was this a natural occurrence? A strange rock formation of some kind? Or did someone put these stones there a long time ago? And if so, why? What I later learned was that the Giant’s playground is a natural geological occurrence, formed more than 180 million years ago, during a period of geologic turmoil. Tucked away in the Southern Corner of Namibia is the Quivertree Forest. These trees are actually massive succulents with their thick waxy leaves and strange rootlike branches.