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Cork Bush

Trees of Namibia

Cork bush (Mundulea sericea): This is a semi-deciduous shrub or small tree that grows up to 3m high from Windhoek and other central regions of Namibia, north through Damaraland and Kaokoland to Epupa Falls, to the Kavango River region, Tsumkwe and Kaudom Game Park and the Zambezi Region (formerly the Caprivi Strip). During the rainy season small bushes often line the roadsides around Etosha National Park.

The corky, deeply grooved bark is a beige-grey colour, the leaves a beige with a silky outer. The silver-green bicoloured leaves turn orange and red-brown at the end of the summer. The violet to mauve flowers are rain dependant and bloom from October to May. Drooping clusters of fruit pods are yellow-brown.

The common name of the cork bush is 'visgif'. This is derived from the crushed bark and roots which contain an extremely toxic glycoside used to poison fish. It has an immediate effect and causes the fish to float to the top where they can be caught easily. Locals claim this poison has even poisoned crocodiles. The leaves are poisonous to insects but are sometimes browsed on by game and livestock. The Natal Bar and Dusky Blue butterflies are attracted to this plant. The cork bush is drought resistant and frost hardy.

Emanya at Etosha

A blend of African excitement & luxury are the order of the day at this luxury lodge

Etosha Aoba Lodge

Small mid-price lodge close to the park gate - situated of the private Fischer's pan reserve

Mokuti Lodge

Large lodge situated at the Namutoni entrance gate to Etosha. Excellent facilities but expect to share these with large group tours

Mushara Bush Camp

The latest edition to the Mushara Collection offers mid-range tented accommodation

Mushara Lodge

Good accommodation at a reasonable price, close to the park entrance

Mushara Outpost

Small intimate tented camp built on raised platforms, good for privacy and a 'luxury outdoor' feel


Inside the park borders, built around Fort Namutoni. Recently upgraded to appeal to more 'up-market' visitors

Onguma Bush Camp

Newly renovated, good mid market option for self-drive tourists

Onguma Tented Camp

A tented camp just outside Etosha

Onguma The Fort

Luxury lodge built around a fort on Fischer's Pan. Easy access to the park

Onguma Tree Top Camp

Small exclusive camp, built on raised platforms - a popular option with those seeking an exclusive new perspective

Onkoshi Camp

The first new accommodation to be built inside the Etosha National Park in over 30 years. The camp sits on a wooden deck on an isolated peninsula overlooking the pan

Villa Mushara

Very exclusive private suites, all mod-cons and luxuries

Swakopmund Accommodation