Wild Date palm
Trees of Namibia
The evergreen wild date palm only grows near water and in coastal grassland areas, so it comes as no surprise to find it in the north of Namibia, in and around waterways and oshanas. It is a slender (3-12m) erect or reclining, multi-stemmed palm with long feather-shaped, arching leaves (2-4m long). They are shiny green and have long spines at the base of the leaf stalk. Male and female flowers are on separate trees, the male flowers are in large, creamy white bunches. The fruits are small, up to 15mm long, oval and luminous orange, forming large bunches, which ripen brown from February-May.
The leaves are browsed by elephants and the small fruits taste like cultivated dates and attract insects, birds, animals and people. The sap is tapped to make beer and fruiting stems are used for brooms, the leaves for weaving. The wild date palm is also used in traditional medicine. It can be grown from seed or suckers and is drought resistant, but sensitive to severe frost.
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.
Situated at the Ruacana falls on the Namibia / Angola border - this lodge serves as a gateway between Kaokoland and Owamboland
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.