Plants of A. esculenta are often used in Ovamboland to form rows of natural fences around kraals and gardens, as the thorns provide a suitable deterrent for any potential intruders. Their main distribution areas are the north-central areas of the country, from Ruacana in the western reaches of the Kavango region. Locally, leaves of this plant are called 'mandopo' which are often placed in the drinking water of cattle to act as a cure against tick infections.
Leaves of this species are often confused with those of A. littoralis although more greyish/green in colour whilst growing and not as straight once matured. Flowers vary in colour from light to deep pink, blooming in their thousands between July and August. White leaf spots are permanent.
A large hotel in Ondangwa, popular with business people and tourists alike
A traditional Owambo homestead which offers a unique opportunity of interacting with the local community while getting involved in local activities such as cattle herding and basket making.
These far northern regions of Namibia are home to most of the country's population. Oshakati where this lodge is situated is the heart of the region - expect vibrant markets, cows, goats, fisherman and a general hive of activity
Situated at the Ruacana falls on the Namibia / Angola border - this lodge serves as a gateway between Kaokoland and Owamboland