Candle Pod Acacia
Trees of Namibia
Visitors to the Sesriem Canyon area of Namibia might want to look out for candle pod acacias, (Acacia hebecllada) that grow on the small dunes to the north and west of the camp. These large, green, thorny thickets, usually develop from one plant and resemble 'desert islands.' They have been known to have a diameter of 25m or more, and sand that blows against the plants form dune hummocks and new plants develop from underground stolons or runners. Its common name is derived from the light-coloured, hard, woody seed pods, which grow upright on the branches and resemble small candles, and as the pods stay on the plant for several months, they are relatively easy to identify. As with all plant life in the desert, the young shoots, seed pods, leaves and pale yellow flowers attract and are eaten by domestic stock and game. Stomach ailments can be treated by the root bark and an edible gum oozes from its stem.
It goes without saying that harsh and barren desert conditions, make survival in this unique environment, difficult and at times downright impossible. The candle pod plays its part in sustaining life form as these islands of plants in a sea of sand, provide homes and shelter to many animals. Rodents, reptiles and birds, live in these islands, and larger animals such as jackals and hyenas find shelter from the sand and the wind under or beside them. Gemsbok also protect themselves from incessant winds and the many desert sand storms, and they are worth taking the time to investigate.
Lovely rooms with rooftop terraces or a choice of campsites around 45km north of Sesriem
Budget choice, catering for both larger groups and individual travellers
Competitively priced self catering lodge - very close to the entrance to the Namib Naukluft Park
Mid-range accommodation offering some of the best value for money in the area. Horse riding an added activity
A new addition on the same property as the Desert Homestead. Hiking & riding are popular activities here
Well equipped rooms with self catering kitchens only 5 kilometers from the entrance gate to Sossusvlei. Kitchen utensils can be rented on site
These rustic wooden cabins can only be reached as part of a guided walking trail originating at Namib Desert Lodge. perfect for those wanting to explore the desert on foot
A small intimate lodge in an amazing part of the Namib Desert. While the lodge can be used as a base from which to visit the dunes at Sossusvlei, the tranquil and beautiful environment make it a destination in it's own right
Mid range lodge located only 22km from the Sesriem gate to the Namib-Naukluft Park
Up-market lodge with private entrance to the dunes at Sossusvlei
Moroccan inspired architecture seems strangely out of place in Namibia. The location, spa and general amenities are good.
Luxury lodge with guided tour to the dunes using the lodges own private entrance, excellent choice for those looking for a little extra luxury
Reasonable value for money - on the main route to Sossusvlei
A new hotel with raised rooms built on wooden platforms 40km from Sesriem
Budget choice, fairly far from the dunes and next to the fossil dune cliffs
Good solid choice, on a beautiful property some distance from the park entrance
This campsite offer the closest place to stay to the dunes - camping only
A combination of permanent structures and canvas make this an interesting choice for the budget conscious traveller
The only lodge inside the borders of the national park. Allows for extra early visits to the Sossusvlei dunes
Most luxurious lodge in the area, air-conditioned rooms and top of the range guiding
Large establishment right next to the Sesriem Campsite, best for keeping driving to a minimum
A friendly owner run lodge offering excellent value for money. Rooms have private veranda's offering views of sunsets over the Namib Desert dunes & spot-lit waterhole.