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Pod Mahogany

Trees of Namibia

Pod mahogany (Afzelia quanzensis): The large, spreading crown of this semi-deciduous to deciduous tree is it's main feature. It grows in sandy soil and is a relatively rare species in the dry woodlands of the eastern Zambezi Region (formerly the Caprivi Strip). The pod mahogany grows up to 20m high with a diameter of up to 1.6m. The bark is a grey, purplish grey to pale brown colour with dark-green leaves (lighter below). Orange-red petal flowers display from August, peaking from October to November. A thick, woody pod surrounds a black-brown bi-valve fruit.

Various game species eat the leaves and flowers. The Large Blue Charaxinae butterfly is attracted to the flowers and leaves. Rats, birds, humans and mammals seek the seeds which can be strung into necklaces. Root extract can treat eye diseases, bilharzia and flu. The bark can help treat toothache and the wood is termite resistant.

Black Thorn Self Drive

3 Days - A short visit to the sand dunes at Sossusvlei

Welwitschia Self Drive

3 Days - Get away to Swakopmund on the coast - includes sandboarding on the Namib Dunes as well as a dolphin cruise

Moringa Self Drive

4 Days - A game viewing trip to the famous Etosha National Park

Acacia Self Drive

8 Days - Combines a visit to Etosha National Park, with some time at Swakopmund and then the dunes at Sossusvlei

Marula Self Dive

9 Days - Southern Namibia: Fish River, Luderitz, Sossusvlei with some self catering accommodation.

Camelthorn Self Drive

10 Days - The classic northern and central Namibia trip. Includes Waterberg Plateau, Etosha National Park, rock art in Damaraland, Cape Cross & Swakopmund and ends with two night near the dunes at Sossusvlei.

Jackalberry Self Drive

10 Days - A combination of Namibia & Botswana. Highlights include game viewing in the Etosha Park & a trip in a traditional dug out canoe in the Okavango Delta Panhandle.

Quiver tree Self Drive

14 Days - Two weeks worth of travel allow you to visit everything that is included in the Camelthorn Self Drive and add the vast expanses of southern Namibia. Additional stops include Luderitz, the Fish River Canyon and a night in the Kalahari Desert

Makalani Self Drive

20 Days - This includes Waterberg, Etosha, a visit to the densely populated Owamboland region on the Angolan border, Kaokoland and the nomadic Himba People, rock art and desert elephants in Damaraland, Swakopmund, Sossusvlei, Luderitz, the Fish River and Kalahari.

Baobab Self Drive

20 Days - A circular route that includes Sossusvlei, the highlights of Northern Namibia, the Zambezi region and Chobe, Vic Falls and the Okavango Delta in Botswana

Swakopmund Accommodation