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Owambo Wooden Banana

Trees of Namibia

Owambo wooden banana (Entandrophragma spicatum): This is a deciduous tree that grows from 10 to 12m high on deep sand or rocky hill slopes. It is only found in the Kaokoveld and central-north regions of the country. The pale to dark-grey bark tends to peel off in large stripes, exposing a yellowish under bark. Leaves are paler green above. Small, green flowers are on display from October to November. The fruit is encased in a cylindrical capsule gives the impression of a peeled banana, hence the common name.

Buckets are made from the reddish-brown wood by the Owambo people as well as some items of furniture. The seeds are toxic and can be crushed and boiled. Oil gathers on the surface of the water and can be used for cosmetic purposes. The fibrous ends of thin stems can be frayed and used as toothbrushes and splinters can be woven into the hair pieces of married men. The Topaz Spotted Blue butterfly is attracted to the leaves and flowers of the Owambo wooden banana.

Ongula Village Homestead Lodge

A traditional Owambo homestead which offers a unique opportunity of interacting with the local community while getting involved in local activities such as cattle herding and basket making.

Ruacana Eha Lodge

Situated at the Ruacana falls on the Namibia / Angola border - this lodge serves as a gateway between Kaokoland and Owamboland

Uukwaluhdi Safari Lodge

North of Etosha, east of Osahakati & west of Opuwo this remote lodge is situated on the vast plains of the Omusati Region. Attractions here include tracking Black Rhino.

Swakopmund Accommodation