The Brandberg in Namibia is one of the most arid environments I have ever been in. All the plants and animals have had to adapt to the lack of water, but contrary to what one expect, there is a lot of life here. There is a more detailed introduction to the area in the post The White Lady of Brandberg.
While we were in the area, we stayed at the Brandberg White Lady Lodge. Which sounds a lot fancier than it is. What did impress me was their desert garden. Instead of trying (probably unsuccessfully) to grow “normal” garden plants, the whole garden is a mass of aloes, succulents and other plants which can handle the lack of water and the harsh sunlight.
The area around the lodge actually had some greenery – shrubs and a couple of trees.
And now onto the garden which was carefully arranged in little clusters of aloes and succulents, with walkways in-between. The variety was stunning. There was also the odd palm tree for shade.
Besides the plants, the garden was decorated with artwork. There were elephants made of some kind of natural fibre/grass and little twigs. There were animals carvings made from dead tree limbs. And then there were some live animals too. There were lots of birds in the garden as well as two tame meerkats who chased each other around at high speed.
The main lodge building also had a lot of artwork – mosaics and wooden carvings.
This post is part of a series I will be publishing about our travels through Namibia.