Trees of Namibia
Sand thorn: Sand-thorn (Acacia arenaria) are a multi-stemmed, v-shaped small tree or shrub. It grows from between 1 to 4m high and grows on rocky ground such as limestone. Found mainly in northern Namibian ranges such as Epupa Falls, around the Kwando River, Linyati Marsh region of the Zambezi Region (formerly the Caprivi Strip) and in Owamboland.
Mature bark tends to colour dark-grey to reddish, often peeling to reveal a greenish under bark. Straight thorns grow below the nodes in pairs. Cylindrical leaves are yellow-green. The round head of the inflorescence blooms white to cream-coloured from January to April. Fruit is contained in a near hairless curved pod, which will split open when mature.
Goats and cattle browse young leaves and shoots. A tea brewed with the roots can treat the common cold and roots double up when chewed as a treatment for coughs.
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.
Situated at the Ruacana falls on the Namibia / Angola border - this lodge serves as a gateway between Kaokoland and Owamboland
North of Etosha, east of Osahakati & west of Opuwo this remote lodge is situated on the vast plains of the Omusati Region. Attractions here include tracking Black Rhino.