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Aloe hereroensis


One of the widely spread of Namibian aloes is the A. hereroensis, found in a variety of locations in northern, central and western regions of Namibia. The name is somewhat confusing in that it is named after Hereroland when it was originally described by European settlers. This was not in present day Hereroland, but in north and north-west Keetmanshoop, a location of the 1700's Herero nation.

Shades of orange and red are the most common flower colouring, but there is a pure yellow variety found in the central pro Namib regions. Habitats range from sandy plains, to mountain cliffs and rock strewn hills and slopes to to freezing conditions found in southern Namibia. The adaptability continues with this species found in wet and humid climates as well, notably around Tsumeb and Grootfontein. The extreme high temperatures experienced in the Kunene and Outjo regions emphasize their resilience.

Flowering times vary according to rainy seasons. Most plants bloom in July and September, although in some regions it can be as early as June. Replanting in gardens is not recommended as these plants must be secured by rocks on the top of a heap of sandy soil. Watering should not commence until the leaves open up.

Black Thorn Self Drive

3 Days - A short visit to the sand dunes at Sossusvlei

Welwitschia Self Drive

3 Days - Get away to Swakopmund on the coast - includes sandboarding on the Namib Dunes as well as a dolphin cruise

Moringa Self Drive

4 Days - A game viewing trip to the famous Etosha National Park

Acacia Self Drive

8 Days - Combines a visit to Etosha National Park, with some time at Swakopmund and then the dunes at Sossusvlei

Marula Self Dive

9 Days - Southern Namibia: Fish River, Luderitz, Sossusvlei with some self catering accommodation.

Camelthorn Self Drive

10 Days - The classic northern and central Namibia trip. Includes Waterberg Plateau, Etosha National Park, rock art in Damaraland, Cape Cross & Swakopmund and ends with two night near the dunes at Sossusvlei.

Jackalberry Self Drive

10 Days - A combination of Namibia & Botswana. Highlights include game viewing in the Etosha Park & a trip in a traditional dug out canoe in the Okavango Delta Panhandle.

Quiver tree Self Drive

14 Days - Two weeks worth of travel allow you to visit everything that is included in the Camelthorn Self Drive and add the vast expanses of southern Namibia. Additional stops include Luderitz, the Fish River Canyon and a night in the Kalahari Desert

Makalani Self Drive

20 Days - This includes Waterberg, Etosha, a visit to the densely populated Owamboland region on the Angolan border, Kaokoland and the nomadic Himba People, rock art and desert elephants in Damaraland, Swakopmund, Sossusvlei, Luderitz, the Fish River and Kalahari.

Baobab Self Drive

20 Days - A circular route that includes Sossusvlei, the highlights of Northern Namibia, the Zambezi region and Chobe, Vic Falls and the Okavango Delta in Botswana

Windhoek Car Rental