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Southern Botterboom

Trees of Namibia

Southern botterboom (Tylecodon paniculatus): This deciduous succulent is a dwarf tree with a characteristic thick, short trunk and substantial branches. It only grows from 1 to 3m and is most common on rocky outcrops, mountain slopes and hills of south-western Namibia including Fish River Canyon and Rosh Pinah. The botterboom is also known as the Butterbaum, a favourite in any rockery.

Features include a smooth bark and olive-green to yellow-green in colour. The leaves are light-green and smooth on both upper and lower sides. The flowers are a reddish tube with yellowish to reddish-brown lobes, displaying best from July to December. The Cape black-eye butterfly uses the southern botterboom as a larval host-plant.

Ai-Ais Resort

Fairly basic accommodation at the famous hot-springs near the southern end of the Fish River Canyon

Canyon Lodge

Probably the most popular lodge in the area. Friendly staff, interesting rooms and an emphasis on growing all local produce make for a wonderful stay

Canyon Roadhouse

The smaller sibling to the Canon Lodge & Village, this fun establishment boasts loads of character

Canyon Village

Supposedly laid out like an African village - this tends to be second choice to the Lodge but still offers good value

Fish River Lodge

On the opposite edge of the canyon to all the other lodges, Fish River Lodge offers a unique perspective, excellent service and stunning views


Campsite close to the main viewpoint over the Fish River Canyon

Swakopmund Accommodation