Marigolds (Arctotis fastuosa) belong to the subfamily Asteraceae, a plant that is tolerant of sandy soils. Their main distribution area is in southern Namibia, from Fish River Canyon and the central Orange River region north to Aus, east of the Namib Desert.
They produce large numbers of large, orange daisy flowers on a long stalk, with a double row of 'petals' and a dark brown marking on the base of each inner row. The grey-green leaves form a bushy clump. Flowering time is from September to October, they are frost hardy and require sunshine and a reasonable amount of water. Flower colours and time can vary from region to region.
Accommodation and hot-springs at the southern end of the Fish River Canyon
Probably the most popular lodge in the area. Friendly staff, interesting rooms and an emphasis on growing all local produce make for a wonderful stay
The smaller sibling to the Canon Lodge & Village, this fun establishment boasts loads of character
Supposedly laid out like an African village - this tends to be second choice to the Lodge but still offers good value
On the edge of the canyon with stunning views
Campsite close to the main viewpoint over the Fish River Canyon