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Ana Tree

Trees of Namibia

The ana tree is an outstandingly large thorn tree that has been known to grow up to 25m tall. The central plateau region of Namibia is predominantly acacia country, and the ana can be found in the valleys of the Swakop, Kuiseb and Omaruru Rivers. The younger trees have a more slender appearance than the older ones, that have wide-spreading crowns and characteristic pendent branchlets. The stems are long and bare, only branching higher up. The older stems are grey-brown in colour and the bark is relatively smooth, that sometimes break into small blocks.

The ana is a deciduous tree and loses its leaves in summer; the leaves are pale buff-green to blue-green, and the flowers 'spike-like inflorescences' each contain masses of small, yellowy-white florets. Fruits mature in contorted and curved pods, often intertwined and initially green in colour, before developing red and brown spots. The thorns of the ana tree grow in pairs, are straight, pale-coloured, and are up to 2cm long. Wood of the ana tree is only used as firewood, infusions of the bark are used medicinally and the pods are highly regarded as fodder, eaten by a variety of wild animals. These trees are mainly confined to the banks and beds of rivers.

Trees of Namibia

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Bambatsi Lodge

This small lodge is located between Outjo and Khorixas - it was one of the first guest farms opened in Namibia

Brandberg Rest Camp

Situated in the tiny town of Uis, this lodge acts as a gateway to the Brandberg Mountain and other parts of the Erongo Region. The owner, Basil, is a bastion of the local community and a font of knowledge on the area

Brandberg White Lady Lodge

We are absolutely convinced that this is where Nelly the Elephant decided to live, after deciding to run away from the circus! A bit run down - but in an excellent location

Camp Kipwe

Small private lodge consisting of thatched domed bungalows scattered amongst large granite boulders. It is well situated near Twyfelfontein and several other major Damaraland attractions

Damaraland Camp

This camp was started by Wilderness Safaris and is now managed by the local community. Expect luxury, desert elephants and rhino

Damara Mopane Lodge

Named after the abundant Mopane Trees found in the area, Damara Mopane Lodge is part of a well established lodge group, known for quality lodges at reasonable prices. Only 20km from Khorixas and within driving distance of the highlights of the area

Doro Nawas

A good quality lodge located close to the rock engravings at Twyfelfontein. Excursions to the engravings and in search of desert adapted elephant are available

iGowati Lodge

Situated in the town of Khorixas, this lodge may not have the most scenic setting but offers reasonable accommodation at good prices

Khorixas Rest Camp

A fairly basic establishment just outside the town of Khorixas

Madisa Camp

Private campsites in a beautiful setting

Mowani Mountain Camp

One of the most luxurious lodges in the area - accommodation is in luxury tents or more 'solid' suites.

Twyfelfontein Country Lodge

As the name implies this is situated close to the rock engravings at Twyfelfontein. A good quality lodge with reasonable rates.

Ugab Terrace Lodge

Close to the Vingerklip rock formation and offering exciting views of the Ugab Plains

Vingerklip Lodge

The Vingerklip is a 35m high finger like rock structure - this popular and well equipped lodge has two swimming pools and apart from being close to Vingerklip is in close proximity to Twyfelfontein, Burnt Mountain, Petrified Forest and other wonders of Damaraland

Walvis Bay Accommodation