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Dinosaur Tracks - National Monument NAMIBIA








occur on the Guest farm Otjihaenamaparero

The tracks occur in sandstones of the 190 million years old Etjo Formation. The sands formed these sandstones accumulated under increasingly arid conditions as wind blown dunes similar to the Namib Desert today.

Numerous reptiles lived in the interdune areas, but as the climate became drier, these animals were forced to concentrate near waterholes, small lakes and rivers fed by occasional rainfalls and thunderstorms. Inevitably, their feet left imprints in the wet sediment around the water. Later these imprints were covered by other layers of wind blown sand, and were preserved as trace fossils when the sand solidified into rock due to the pressure that built up as they were buried deeper and deeper.


At Otjihaenamaparero, two crossing tracks consist of more than 30 imprints with a size of approximately 45 by 35 cm. The longer tracks can be followed for about 28 meters. There is a distance of some 70 to 90 cm between individual imprints as well as some tracks comprising smaller imprints of about 7 cm length and spaced about 28 to 33 cm apart (Gührich, 1926).

All tracks show the form of a three toed, clawed foot very well, and from their arrangement it can be deducted that they were made by the hind feet of a bipedal animal.

Unfortunately, no body fossils of creatures that could be responsible for the tracks have been found in the area so far, and one can therefore only use comparison with other sites for identification.


Worldwide, about 900 dinosaur species are known through the finds of body fossils, however, only a few dozen footprint types have been discovered (Lockley, 1991).

From these it can be concluded that the dinosaur who left the footprints at Otjihaenamaparero possibly belonged to the large order of >THERAPODA <, which comprises all the carnivores.

The dimensions and the depth of the imprints suggest that the dinosaur had an appreciable size.

Due to the unfavourable changes in climate described above, it can be assumed that the animals became extinct not long after they left their footprints.

There are a number of localities in the Etjo Sandstone that contain dinosaur footprints, however, Otjihaenamaparero is the most impressive one. The site has been declared a < National Monument >, and the footprints are protected by law.

Age of the Dino-Tracks approx. 219 million years.

Big Tracks:                > CERATOSAURIA <

Small Tracks:            > SYNTARSUS <

Gührich, G. (1926): Über Saurier-Fährten aus dem Etjo-Sandstein, vom Südafrika. Palänt. z., 8(1), 112-120

Lockley, M. (1991): Tracking Dinosaurs. 238 pp, Cambridge University Press, Cambridge.

The dinos in the river-scenery are from:

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Admission fee Dinosaur's Tracks:

Adults:    20 N$/Rand

Children (6-12 years old) : 10 N$/Rand

We are looking forward to your visit and promise a wonderful and unforgettable stay on our Guest Farm in Namibia

Adele und Reinhold Strobel

GUEST FARM Dinosaur's Tracks Namibia

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