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Traditionally, the quiver tree was used for building material, coffins and even to keep meat and other foodstuffs cold.

On the farm Zeekoeisteek, one of the farms that SANParks acquired, a quiver tree is found with an inscription that dates back to 1933.

Words: Petro Kotze

Pictures: Shaen Adey and Petro Kotze


The quiver tree has the following inscription in Afrikaans: “Die weer is mooi 11 Des 1933 Daar is Hoop.” A direct translation to English would read: “The weather is fine 11 Dec 1933 There is hope.”

The initials HK also appears underneath the inscription.

The story has it that to farmers, Toop Mostert and Henri Klindt, made the inscription. They had been grazing their sheep at the time. Apparently this was also during one of the worst droughts in living memory. While they were watching and herding their sheep, the two farmers saw the clouds building up in the sky. Supposedly that’s when the inscription was made.

Did you know? Quiver tree is Kokerboom in Afrikaans. It is called “quiver tree” because Bushmen used its branches to make quivers.

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