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.
Fairly basic accommodation at the famous hot-springs near the southern end of the Fish River Canyon
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
The smaller sibling to the Canon Lodge & Village, this fun establishment boasts loads of character
Supposedly laid out like an African village - this tends to be second choice to the Lodge but still offers good value
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