Trees of Namibia
The jackalberry is a medium to large (10-25m) evergreen tree with a tall, bare, fluted trunk and a dense spreading crown. With a bushveld habitat, the jackalberry grows in the far north of Namibia, along the Kunene River in the east, as far as the Zambezi Region (formerly the Caprivi Strip) and the Kwando and Chobe Rivers in the west. The bark is dark brown and grooved and the leaves are shiny dark green, almost oblong in shape with waxy margins. The leaves turn golden-yellow in autumn. The flowers (male and female on separate trees) are small for such a large tree, white and bell-shaped. Fruits are fleshy, round and yellow, up to 25mm in diameter, with a bristle-tip. The fruit pulp is jelly-like and tasty.
The leaves are browsed by game and the fruits eaten by game and birds. Locals use the fruits to brew beer. Butterflies breed on the jackalberry and the heavy, hard, wood is an all-purpose timber, used in making dugout canoes and selected items of furniture. The leaves and bark are used in traditional medicine.
An upmarket lodge and spa on the banks of the Kavango River. The only traditional luxury lodge on this stretch of river
A well run lodge offering good facilities situated close to the town of Rundu
A few kilometers east of Rundu a nice functional lodge that more than adequately serves as an overnight stop while travelling through the Kavango and Zambezi region. The rooms, bar and restaurant area offer lovely views of the Kavango River.
Situated on the banks of the river (hence the name) in Rundu
Situated close to the Mahangu Park in west Caprivi - this is an excellent stop-over between Namibia, Maun (in Botswana) and the Victoria Falls
A rustic river side campsite and lodge offering excellent value for money. A lively bar and restaurant ensures this appeals to the younger or more socially inclined traveller
Close to Popa Falls and the Mahango Reserve this lodge offers stunning river views
Refreshingly, and surprisingly for the area, this lodge does not have the word 'River' as part of its name. Do not be misled it is situated on the banks of the river opposite the Caprivi Game Park (Bwabwata National Park)
Close to the Popa Falls (a series of rapids on the Kavango River), this rest camp was renovated in 2013
on the Kavango River banks this lodge offers plenty of water based activities
Near the village of Divundu, this small but wonderfully managed lodge is a perennial favourite of ours. Lovely wooden chalets, with large decks overlook the river. Those wanting to experience the river can choose from fishing and sunset river cruises
On a beautiful plot of indigenous plants and trees overlooking the river
One of the best lodges for birders visiting Namibia - but also great for fishing, chilling or generally becoming part of the family (the family consists of a host of creatures including goats, otters and guinefowls all lovingly adopted by the owners)
A small lodge a short distance west of Rundu. The rooms have river views and guests can choose from a range of activities