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BORN IN ETOSHA - KEEPING IT ALIVE!

Plants

  • !Hanni is an important staple that is found throughout the Etosha area. The plant has erect, shiny green leaves.

  • The Hai||om used the root of !Khores (Adenium boehmianum) for making poison for their arrows

  • ‡Aro!gara!garases is a buffalo thorn tree close to Okaukuejo, which was given a swearword nickname by the Hai||om.

  • The ‡âus occurs as a shrub or small tree, and is widely distributed throughout Etosha. The berries (‡âun) are much-liked by the Hai||om for their sweet taste

  • ‡Gubun is widely distributed. The twining plants have large white tuberous roots that are roasted and eaten throughout the year.

  • The ‡habab is a large, white, fleshy tuber that was profoundly important to the Hai||om, as it was an important source of water

  • The ‡huis is a medium-sized tree which occurs singly throughout Etosha. When ripe the fruits are a rich source of vitamin C.

  • The ‡iiros, a spiny shrub, is not very common in Etosha. The orange fruit are about 25 mm in diameter and sour-sweet tasting.

  • ||Gâis (Colophospermum mopane, mopane) is the tree species constituting the dominant form of vegetation in many parts of Etosha - A multi-use tree for the Hai||om.

  • ||Khumub and |Nuaiseb are a pair of hills that are visible from a great distance across Etosha’s flat landscape.

  • In former times, ||Nasoneb (Rietfontein) was an important Hai||om settlement. Kadisen ||Khumub was born there in 1940.

  • The ||nuus is a perennial plant with grass-like leaves; it reaches a height of about 20 to 30 cm. It develops small, roundish tubers (||nuun) which resemble small potatoes

  • Gunub (Hydnora abyssinica) might easily be mistaken for a fungus, but is in fact an unusual, leafless parasitic plant - a very popular bush food.

  • Naun are very large and very tasty grey-white mushrooms, with caps of up to 30 cm in diameter not being unusual, growing on termite hills.

  • Sabiros is widely distributed throughout the tree and shrub savannah and on dolomite hills. It has sweet, yellow-orange, hairy berries.

  • The Hai||om recall the area around Namutoni as being particularly abundant in bush food.

  • Uinan are widely distributed throughout Etosha. They require a specific soft soil, and are found in large numbers in such locations.