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Woolly Caper Bush

Trees of Namibia

Woolly caper-bush (Capparis tomentosa): This is a tree-like shrub which can grow up to 6m high in the dry woodlands of the Zambezi Region (formerly the Caprivi Strip) and near to the Kavango River. They often grow on termite mounds and floodplains as well. The rough bark is yellowish in colour and mature branches are equipped with a pair of sharp, hooked spines at every node. Leaves are light green to grey-green, fringed with hairs and a hair-like tip. Large flowers have yellowish-green petals with numerous white to pinkish stamens that bloom from July to November. Large round berries hang from a pendulous stalk and change to a yellow-orange to brownish colour when mature the seeds staying inside the fruit.

The roots are believed to be poisonous. Livestock browse on the leaves and many species of butterfly are attracted to their flowers and leaves including Whites and Tips. Medicinal uses include curing colds, treatment of snakebites, infertility and impotence. If you mix a concoction of powdered roots and other magical substances, paste them to the end of a stick and point them towards a group of cumulus nimbus clouds, the storm will disappear!

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