Trees of Namibia
African wattle (Peltophorum africanum): The spreading crown of the graceful African wattle tree can be found in northern Namibia from Epupa Falls and Kaokoland east along the Kunene and Kavango Rivers all the way along the Zambezi Region (formerly the Caprivi Strip) to Victoria Falls. Its range also spreads from Outjo through the Tsumeb and Grootfontein region across the northern Kalahari Desert to Tsumkwe and Kaudom Game Park and beyond.
The rough and deeply grooved bark of this semi-deciduous shrub is pale grey to blackish. The leaves are covered with long, red-brown soft hairs and the yellow flowers bloom from October to February. The fruits grow in a flat, brown, ovoid pod.
The leaves of the African wattle are browsed by eland the larvae of the Common Scarlet butterfly feed on them. The wood is an excellent fuel source and is also used by locals for smoking meat. Other uses include making buckets, hoe and axe handles and fences. The bark of this tree is used in as a precautionary measure in the birth of twins and can be stripped from the root and the crushed remains applied to wounds. The forked branch supports the main entrance to a kraal.
Situated near the centre of Tsumeb this is a popular hotel.
A courtyard atmosphere, traditional garden and German cuisine can be found at this Tsumeb hotel.