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Burkea Tree

Trees of Namibia

Burkea tree (Burkea africana): A deciduous tree with a characteristic rounded to flattened crown that can grow up to 20m high in a dominating habitat in the Kalahari sands. It is confined to the central-north and north-eastern regions of Namibia, south to the Gobabis area. Other features include a large trunk, dark grey bark with blue-green leaves with grey-green undersides. The small, cream-coloured to white flowers bloom from September to November and from March to April. A pale brown thin pod hangs in clusters bearing solitary seeds.

Eland and elephant browse the leaves. Its height is a problem for elephants trying to reach the mistletoe on the higher branches and they often push the tree over. Eriksson's High-flier butterfly is also attracted to the Burkea Tree. The bark can be crushed and added to beer, turning the brew a golden-brown colour as well as a fish poison.

The hard wood is used to make furniture, sleepers, poles and floor tiles and makes excellent firewood and charcoal. Unfortunately 85% of all trees are hollow. Stumps can be made into pestles to grind 'mahangu'.

Fish River Lodge Hikes

5, 3 or 2 Days - hiking trails in the Fish River Canyon. Hikers carry a day pack and additional luggage is transported to the overnight stops

Mundulea Walking Trails

3 or 4 Days - Absolutely brilliant! One of the best experiences in Namibia

Tok Tokkie Hiking Trail

3 Days - Excellent guided walking trail on the NamibRand private reserve (near Sossusvlei)

Namib Mountain Trail

A day hike between two lodges on the very edge of the Namib Desert

Rostock Ritz Hiking

The Rostock Ritz Lodge north of Sossusvlei (en-route to Swakopmund) has a variety of guided and un-guided hikes ranging in duration from an hour to an entire day

Tsondab Valley Scenic Reserve Hiking

A lodge on the edge of the Namib Desert which offers exceptional hiking & walking

Swakopmund Accommodation