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Common Geigeria

Plants of Namibia

Common geigeria (Geigeria ornativa) is to some a beautiful, little herb. It grows in almost any habitat and more commonly on the plains. It has yellow flower-heads which rarely grow over 20cm in height. The dried, older plants remain in the veld for many years, retaining its seeds, gradually releasing a few each season.

Unfortunately, the common geigeria causes a stock poisoning called 'vermeersiekte' causing huge losses in goat, cattle and sheep herds. This disease causes vomiting then paralysis leading to death of the infected animal. Levels of toxicity vary according to the habitat, rainfall patterns and plant growth levels. Vermeersiekte is caused by overgrazing and an emphasis on maintaining healthy veld conditions, with reasonable grass cover combined with sensible grazing levels, appear to cure the disease.

There are some 17 species of Geigeria in Namibia, with most having a different appearance. It is widely distributed throughout the drier regions of southern Africa and Angola.

Plants of Namibia

Alte Brucke

A centrally located self catering lodge & campsite

Alternative Space

An art gallery turned guest house - the Space is truly alternative and worth a visit if you are interested in philosophical conversation, innovative thinking and staying somewhere out of the norm.

Atlantic Villa

Offers a variety of suites, luxury rooms and self catering units. Ideal for the business traveler or holiday maker

Beach Lodge

Top location, right on the beach. Has some limited self catering facilities

Brigadoon Cottages

Very centrally located, includes traditional guest house accommodation as well as two separate self catering flats

Cornerstone Guesthouse: An der Mole & Atlantik Sicht self-catering apartments

Two well equipped self catering apartments, both with sea views

Desert Sands Boutique Self-Catering and B&B

Centrally located self catering apartments offering a good selection of units (choose from studio, one, two or three bedroom units)

F1 Waterfront Estate

Close to the beach in one of the towns northern suburbs, offers accommodation for up to five people

Gecko Ridge Guest House

15km outside of Swakopmund this elegant. pet friendly, guest house offers amazing views over the Namib Desert. Accommodation is in either guest house rooms or self catering units

Meike's Guest House

A well established owner managed guesthouse where emphasis is placed on environmental issues

Sophia Dale

Campsites and self catering bungalows in the Swakop River about 12km from town

Luderitz Accommodation