BORN IN ETOSHA - KEEPING IT ALIVE!
!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.