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Bitter Bush

Plants of Namibia

The bitter bush (Pechuel-Loeschea leubuitziae) is a tall shrub more noticeable by smell than sight. It can grow up to 2m in height and has grey, straight leaves. It has purple to whitish (small) flower-heads which are positioned on short stalks near the bases of the leaf.

The bitter bush is widespread in most of southern Africa and as disturbed areas increase, so does the probability of this bush spreading. They form dense spreads in river beds as well as disturbed ground, whilst occurring on plains.

As with other wild flowers of the northern Namib Desert, the bitter bush is used for a variety of medicinal purposes. Leaf and root extracts are used to treat colds, fevers, skin diseases and stomach-aches. Pechuel-Loeschea leubuitziae is the only species of Pechuel-Loeschea genus in Namibia.

Shrubs of Namibia

Etendeka Mountain Camp

This remote lodge is a truly unique destination. Stunning scenery, award winning conservation and highly personal service are just some of the reasons that just about everyone who knows Namibia rates this as one of it's finest destinations

Grootberg Lodge

An extremely popular and well managed lodge which is owned by the local community, Grootberg has stunning views and interesting activities including Rhino tracking & Damara village visits

Hobatere Lodge

On the far western edge of the park, just outside the Galton Gate, this is an excellent location to explore Etosha, Damaraland and the remote Kaokoland area

Huab Lodge

A small private lodge, with attentive management. Activities centre on the Huab river which attracts game and a wonderful variety of birdlife. This is the perfect destination to relax for a few days and enjoy the tranquility of the bush.

Melissa's Guest House

In the dusty village of Kamanjab, many guests stay here in order to visit the nearby Himba village

Oppi Koppi Restcamp

Just outside the town of Kamanjab lies this small restcamp

Otjitotongwe Cheetah Farm

A non-profit organisation aimed at conserving Namibia's cheetah population. The lodge offers superb photographic opportunities at scheduled cheetah feedings, and also offers guided game drives to view wild cheetah.

Palmwag Lodge

This lodge is such an institution that Palmwag, which is no more than the lodge and a petrol station, is marked on every Namibian map. An excellent location to explore the remote conservancies of north western Namibia - and perhaps encounter some of the rare rhino or desert adapted elephant which the area is famous for

Palmwag Desert Rhino Camp

A mobile camp, specialising in finding desert rhino. Offers a luxurious and exclusive experience.

Rustig Toko Lodge

On a large farm, offering visits to the nomadic Himba people.

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