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Natal Mahogany

Trees of Namibia

Natal mahogany (Trichilia emetica): This tall evergreen tree which grows from 8 to 20m is confined to the riverine forests of the Zambezi Region (formerly the Caprivi Strip), specifically near the Kwando River, Mudumu NP and the Chobe/Zambezi River systems east to Victoria Falls. The spreading, rounded crown is a feature as it often falls to the ground. The leaves are a shiny, dark-green and small, creamy-green tubular flowers can be seen (and smelt) from August to December. A round, creamy-green-brown capsule surrounds the fruit, which has black seeds.

The wood of the Natal mahogany is a pinkish-brown to brownish-grey. It darkens as the tree ages and is well used in the furniture making industry. The seeds are eaten by birds but are poisonous to mammals. The White-barred Charaxinae butterfly is attracted to the flowers and leaves of this tree.

Topaz - Honeymoon Self Drive

20 Days - By using a range of accommodation types and styles this self drive manages to keep costs down while still visiting spectacular areas of the country.

Diamond - Honeymoon Self Drive

14 Days - This spectacular self-drive itinerary, created especially for honeymooners, is the ultimate experience that Namibia has to offer in terms of luxury and exclusivity.

Tourmaline - Honeymoon Self Drive

14 Days - Still staying in top quality accommodation the Tourmaline is a more realistic itinerary for those on a more upper mid-range budget.

Malachite - Honeymoon Self Drive

14 Days - A good value for money mid range honeymoon self drive, visiting the best Namibia has to offer

Aquamarine - Honeymoon Self Drive

9 Days - Etohsa Park & the dunes of the Namib Desert are the two main attractions on this trip

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