Trees of Namibia
Endemic to the southern Namib Desert and the drylands in north western South Africa is the halfmens tree. The halfmens is a spiny, cactus-like tree with a crown of large leaves at the top of a single, tall trunk. They grow in groups that, from a distance, look like people frozen in a laborious motion, are forever inclined northwards, with crinkled leaves at the top, like mops of hair.
This deciduous, succulent tree or shrub can grow to a height of 3.5m. An unfortunate side effect of such a unique looking specimen is that it has become an illegal collector's item. Consequently this species is now an endangered species and are dug up in ignorance, as they rarely survive outside their natural habitat unless in temperature-controlled climatic hothouses.
A legend of the Khoekhoe people tells of their ancestors being driven south by war like tribes. Some turned to look longingly back to their former home, across the Orange River. As they were unhappy and thirsty in a new waterless dry land a sympathetic god eased their suffering by turning them into halfmens trees to relieve their suffering.
Cabana's and permanently erected tents on the banks of the Orange River. This camp also serves as the starting base for several river rafting & canoeing adventures
An owner run lodge, set in a scenic and mountainous area, just off the main road between Keetmanshoop & Grunau. Comfortable well equipped rooms are complimented by game drives (including night drives) on the large farm
Nestled in the great valley of the Karas region and situated on the banks of the Orange River, about 50km from the South African / Namibia border post
The Orange River Lodge is situated near Noordoewer on the border between South Africa and Namibia
A small lodge set on the third biggest game reserve in Namibia. Expect tranquility and a very personalised service in a remote environment
Not quite Washington DC! This remote accommodation is basic but extremely popular with those looking for good honest accommodation.