The symbolic camel thorn tree
Vachellia Erioloba grows as a large tree, especially in the drier landscapes and is very weather-resistant. Heat and frost do not affect the tree. The camel thorn tree can reach the groundwater through its deep roots and thus survive in the desert. It offers all living beings a shady place to rest on the sunny and hot expanses. The extensive treetops are often covered with huge nests, which are inhabited by entire colonies of the settler weaver. In the very dry regions in which the camel thorn tree occurs, it is often the only tree-shaped component and thus shapes the landscape.
Anyone who has ever sat around a fire with camel thorn wood (Vachellia erioloba) will appreciate its advantages, the smell and the attraction of the long-burning wood. It is not without reason that the fire in the braai (grill) in Namibia is also called Kalahari TV, because the play of flames in the wood triggers its own fascination. The slow-growing hardwood becomes particularly hot, burns for a long time and only forms a small amount of ash. So perfect for a BBQ with friends in Namibian flair, or a cozy fireplace evening at home.
It’s a win-win situation
The charcoal production in Namibia is very important for the country and its economy and has also gone through a great development. The industry is now respected worldwide . Established rules serve, for example, to counteract bush fires, which can easily ignite in dry periods.
The board of the Namibia Charcoal Association (NCA) is proud to occupy 5th place globally in its industry, because the production of charcoal not only brings benefits for consumers. While our customers’ first thoughts often revolve around deforestation, the environment and sustainability, the Namibian landscape actually benefits from the processing of the wood. In addition to the associated jobs, it promotes the reclamation of lush pastureland, which has become unusable due to the heavy bush cover.
The overgrown areas affect at least 30% of the country, which corresponds to about 270,000 square kilometers. Ecological and economic damage is the result, as well as the biological diversity and natural habitats of animals and plants are lost. The Omuriro grill and fireplace lighters, which are perfect for lighting our camel thorn, are made from waste products from charcoal production.
The Omuriro grill and fireplace lighter, for example, is made from precisely these pest bushes. Every purchase therefore supports the recovery of valuable, original savannah land.
Our camel thorn firewood is made exclusively from dead wood, so we do not cut down any trees.
Sustainability means a lot to us and determines our life in Namibia. Working with foresight and dealing well with other farmers is a prerequisite for survival here. We attach great importance to fair wages for the wood suppliers and also pay attention to fair trading conditions. Through constant personal contact, we can ensure that everyone involved is treated fairly.