Ombalantu baobab tree

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Over 90% of Namibia’s land area is what is called hyper-arid, so it might be surprising to hear that it’s also home to some 4300 species of flora. During the months of August and September, a region straddling South Africa and Namibia transforms into a blanket of vibrant desert flowers. Namibia is also home to the iconic Ombalantu baobab tree, affectionately known as the ‘Good Giant, ‘Tree of Life’ or the ‘Pharmacist Tree’ because of its medicinal properties. And if you consider yourself a passionate botanist, a cultural experience with the San people will provide you with a fascinating insight into how they’ve survived and thrived using plants in their medicinal practices.