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Stipagrostis sabulicola

Plants of Namibia

This is a large mound-building coarse-grass that has been known to occupy areas up to 50m². The roots and leaves are completely different from those of the Trianthema hereroensis, as this dune grass is not able to take in water through its leaves, but via its impressive network of roots that lie close to the surface, reaching out up to a distance of 20m. Many of these roots lie within the upper 1cm of the sand or entirely exposed to the surface. Like the Trianthema, it is restricted to the Namib sand sea, but extends further eastwards, to the inland periphery of the dunes.

As fog rarely penetrates this far, there is a greater chance of rain. The surface root makes full use of any downpour. If you do go on the lookout for this plant, then it grows in unstable areas where other grasses don't succeed to grow. The Stipagrostis sabulicola and the Trianthema hereroensis are the only two plants that can survive on the dunes during prolonged dry periods, the main difference (apart from appearance) is that the former absorbs water (fog) through its leaves and the latter through its roots.

Grass of Namibia

Boulders Camp Wolwedans

This small luxury camp is the latest addition to the Wolwedans Lodge collection. It is situated around 45km south of the other lodges and therefore offers an insight into a different aspect of the NamibRand Nature Reserve

Greenfire Desert Lodge

A small intimate lodge in an amazing part of the Namib Desert. While the lodge can be used as a base from which to visit the dunes at Sossusvlei, the tranquil and beautiful environment make it a destination in it's own right

Wolwedans Dunes Camp

Dunes Camp is the simplest of the establishments on the Namib Rand reserve. Accommodation comes in the form of dome tents each with own bathroom.

Wolwedans Dunes Lodge

Wooden units built on platforms overlooking the NamibRand Reserve. As with all the Wolwedans properties expect some of the best views in Namibia, great food and excellent service

Wolwedans Mountain View Suite

An upmarket extension to the Dunes Lodge

Wolwedans Private Camp

Ever fancied your own house surrounded by nothing but the Namib Desert? This luxurious property gives you just that, and way more

Walvis Bay Accommodation