News – Flora

September 25, 2018

In the Valley of Golden Light

East of Namibia’s Skeleton Coast National Park, a 2-hour drive from the north-western settlement of Sesfontein on the bank of the ephemeral Hoanib River, a new lodge is nestled amongst the enigmatic geological wonderland characteristic of the region.
September 22, 2018

Salvadora and the Strange Oasis

Salvadora persica, which goes by many common names such as miswak and arak in Arabia, or the mustard bush or toothbrush tree because its twigs can be used as a natural toothbrush.
September 21, 2018

The Greater Fish River Canyon Landscape

Landscape-level conservation is a Travel News Namibia series aimed at raising awareness of this highly effective conservation outlook. The first article, an introduction to all five appointed landscapes in Namibia, was published in the 2018 Winter Edition of Travel News Namibia. As a NAMPLACE project, landscape conservation received government funding from 2011 to 2016. Despite this limited timeframe, the intention was for each landscape to take stock of what has been learned in a 5-year course and use it as building blocks to continue conservation on a big scale. However, certain challenges still remain.
September 14, 2018

Find the Authenticity of Nature at Etendeka

Namibia is a country for the wide angle. The far horizons. The distant, sparse beauty of line, shadows and colours in an everchanging landscape.
July 27, 2018

5 Reasons Why the Shepherd’s Tree is One of the Coolest Trees in Africa

The Shepherd’s Tree (Boscia albitrunca) stands sentinel across the valleys and plains of Namibia. Standing not-so-tall yet proud on the savanna bush- and grasslands, aside mountainscapes or on the banks of dry rivers across the land, it is one of the most easily recognisable trees in Namibia, clearly identifiable by even the most novice of flora-natics. Here are Travel News Namibia’s five reasons why this rockstar of the Namibian biosphere is one of the coolest trees out there:
July 17, 2018

Life Skills From the Camel-Thorn Tree

On a recent trip to Wolwedans I found myself in awe of the thriving desert life. It hasn’t rained here in the last five years, but that doesn’t mean that this part of the world has come to a standstill. Au contraire. We discovered life, and more significantly, growth in the desert. Inspired by the acacia forest we came across I dug up some interesting facts about the hardy camel-thorn tree. My motto for 2018 is “Be as tough as a camel-thorn.” Here is why:
April 25, 2018

How to Travel Green the Namibian Way

Two sites in Windhoek are currently being prepared as the first carbon offsetting nurseries – one at the Dagbreek School for the Intellectually Impaired and the other at Farm Okukuna near Goreangab Dam, which forms part of the City of Windhoek’s Food Security Programme.
December 24, 2014

Plant wonders of the Namib

November 17, 2014

Namibia | Mister Devil’s Claw

Text Jana-Mari Smith | Main Photograph: Julian Fennessy – Read Dr Fennessy’s story on Giraffe species! A true wildlife detective story. Some people’s passion for their […]
October 17, 2014

Namibia | Tree Awards 2014

Mopane tree. Photo ©Ron Swilling – Main photo The annual Tree Award 2014 was hosted this week. The award is a Botanical Society of Namibia award […]
September 10, 2014

Namibia Indigenous Plant Book launched

By Jana-Mari Smith Despite Namibia’s designation as the driest country south of the Sahara, it boasts an impressive feat: It is endowed with a rich bio-diversity, […]
August 14, 2014

Travel Tips for Tree Lovers | Namibia

Text and photographs Luise Hoffmann – Main photograph: Schinziophyton rautanenii – along the B8 ©Luise Hoffmann During Namibia’s chilly months, you can seek temporary relief by […]
May 19, 2014

Namibia | A day in the life of a devil’s-claw harvester

Text Lee Hewitson Due to its livelihood importance to rural Namibians, there is abundant research and data on devil’s-claw income generation, value-addition, market access, participation, and […]
May 8, 2014

In the Shade of A Mighty Baobab

The opening of the Namushasha Heritage Centre Text and photographs Ron Swilling Sweet-smelling thatch-roofed structures and attractive informative panels encircle an ancient baobab. Beyond the reed-fringed […]
February 6, 2014

Namibia – Summer Flower Shows and the Sandhof Lilies

Text and photographs Annabelle Venter Purple thunderclouds, the scent of rain, hand-rearing baby weavers, baby springbok taking their first steps, hunting for omajovas, carpets of yellow […]

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