The Cancer Bush (Sutherlandia frutescens) is sometimes called the Turkey Flower and belongs to the subfamily Fabaceae. It grows in rocky, sandy areas of southern Namibia along the Orange River and the Fish River Canyon. The flowers are a bright orange-red and sweetpea-shaped and the pods are a pink-red, often browsed by livestock.
The common name is derived from the belief that it cured stomach problems and cancer. Traditional uses include curing colds, flu, chicken pox, asthma, diabetes, backache and rheumatism. Both the Nama and Khoi people used it to wash wound as well as drinking Cancer Bush mixtures to treat various ailments and fevers.
Flowering time is from July to December. They need lots of sunshine and water and are frost hardy. Sunbirds pollinate the flowers and the larvae of some species of butterfly feed on the leaves.
Fairly basic accommodation at the famous hot-springs near 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 opposite edge of the canyon to all the other lodges, Fish River Lodge offers a unique perspective, excellent service and stunning views
Campsite close to the main viewpoint over the Fish River Canyon