Common Cluster Fig
Trees of Namibia
The magnificent semi-deciduous common cluster fig grows between 10-35m. It has a huge buttressed trunk and a widely spreading crown and can be identified not just by its size, but by a pale yellowish-orange bark, normally powdery or flaking. Large, hard leaves grow on this huge tree, and have a rough and hairy texture. The figs are yellowish-red and large, some 20-50mm in diameter, and are produced in large bunches off the main branches year round. The common cluster fig can be found in riverine vegetation and often grow in groves.
This tree is a great favourite with the environment, and the leaves are highly nutritious source of food for livestock. The figs attract fruit and insect-eating birds. Bats, monkeys, baboons, bushpigs, antelope and people eat the fruit, so if you find yourself camping under one of them, you won't be alone for long! The bark and milky sap are used in traditional medicines and if you decide to buy a drum from a woodcarvers market, then the chances are it has been made from the common cluster fig. Rope is made from the inner bark.
A small private safari lodge north of Otjiwarongo
Lodging located on the property used by the Heetah Conservation Fund, this is an excellent option if you want to learn about cheetah conservation
A friendly well run guest house in the town of Otjiwarongo
Self catering units on a large, well stocked, private game reserve
Mid sized hotel in Otjiwarongo offering both lodge & hotel style accommodation. All the usual facilities including a pool, air-conditioned rooms and a restaurant
A large, well stocked, privately owned game reserve. Excellent for sightings of wild dogs and other endangered species
Situated to the north of the Waterberg Plateau (which is unusual as most lodges are toward the south) this highly recommenced lodge offers spacious comfortable rooms and plenty of activities
One of the oldest lodges in Namibia, Mount Etjo has seen several historic events including the signing of an agreement pivotal to Namibia gaining independence. Still offers good quality accommodation and game drives
Without a doubt one of the best lodges in Namibia, add leopard and cheetah viewing to stunning accommodation and well prepared meals and this place is a complete winner
A private two bed room suite, comes complete with own swimming pool, lounge and kitchen. Private chef and meals can be arranged or guests can visit Bush Camp
The 'entry level' camp at Okonjima offers all the same great cats experiences as the other lodges in the portfolio. A one of a type not to be missed Namibian experience
Large private complex, includes all modern luxuries. Enjoyed by international movie stars and corporate moguls - but available to any group wanting to stay!
a variety of accommodation options - ranging from large self catering villas to double rooms. Just a few kilometers south of Otjiwarongo
A large game farm which numbers the rare White Rhino amongst its species.
Small 8 room guest farm with an emphasis on conserving the natural eco-systems
The NWR run camp situated on the slopes of the plateau. Fairly standard and slightly overpriced accommodation, the old police station which has been converted to a restaurant is a scenic (if not taste) highlight.
Excellent choice for walking and visiting the highlights of the area
On the same property aw the Waterberg Wilderness Lodge but situated higher up the mountain offering excellent views