seedpods make up a major part of the survival rations of most animals.
shaped, seed-carrying pods. During the dry season fallen flowers and pods are eaten by livestock and game, especially elephant, giraffe and eland. Cattle, donkeys and goats eat the shoots. The pods are highly nutritious and are collected in commercial and communal areas to feed domestic stock in times of drought, and although nutritious, the seeds can become insect-infested causing stock losses. The straight, paired-thorns, protect the trees from over-browsing.
Namibian birds, rodents and mankind feed from the camelthorn. The seeds can be finely crushed and used as a coffee substitute and the gum exuded by the tree is edible. Tree rats, insects, scorpions, spiders and lizards, all visit the camelthorn, and they also provide nesting sites for numerous species of bird.
The wood has many uses especially as poles in the construction of houses. It can be used as firewood, axe-handles and knobkieries. Many fences have been erected using the wood of the camelthorn.
Visitors to Namibia should take note that the camelthorn is a protected species and may not be damaged, cut or chopped.
Some of the Lodges where this tree may be found.......
Large establishment right next to the Sesriem Campsite, best for keeping driving to a minimum
Most luxurious lodge in the area, air-conditioned rooms and private butler
Moroccan inspired architecture seems strangely out of place in Namibia. The location, spa and general amenities are good.
This campsite offer the closest place to stay to the dunes,camping only
Reasonable value for money - on the main route to Sossusvlei