The 2 common names of A. variegate are from the Latin name vaiegata which means 'irregularly spotted' and an Afrikaans name 'kannie dood' meaning 'cannot die'. They can die in gardens though if over-watered or in severe, unnatural conditions in the wild. There main habitat is under the bushes, between rocks or rocky crevices from south of Karasberg towards Helmeringhausen. Flowering times vary from location to location and differ from the end of June to September.
Folk lore holds a number of beliefs for local people. Some indigenous people (to this day apparently), hang plants inside their huts I the belief that if the plant flowers, the women are fertile and will give birth to many children. Another belief is they will guarantee eternal life if planted on a grave.
A working farm in southern Namibia. Offers an insight into sheep farming is this arid region
The completely off his rocker 'Baron' von Wolf built this castle in the middle of nowhere. Rumours abound about this gun toting, cross dressing loon! Accommodation is available within the castle and a well shaded campsite is also on offer
This lovely guest farm offers self catering accommodation on a property adjacent to the Duwisib Castle
The settlement of Helmeringhausen consists of little more than this hotel and a petrol station. The area is a popular stop-off between the dunes at Sossusvlei and southern Namibia
On the scenic D707 road and bordering on the Namib Naukluft park, lies this spectacular property. Accommodation is offered in a small tented camp or en-suite rooms at the old farmhouse
Formerly an Ostrich farm the lodge property is now largely dedicated to Namibian wildlife. The lodge itself offers standard bed & breakfast rooms as well as self catering chalets
Situated in the Tiras mountains, an owner run guest farm that offers a warm welcome and even better scenery