Cole Lithoparium

A fascinating collection of Lithops, also known as “Flowering Stones” or in the local dialect “bees kloutjies”, can be viewed in a specially constructed hothouse at Alte Kalköfen.

The ‘hothouse’ was formally named after Professor Desmond and Mrs Naureen Cole in recognition for pioneering work done on the Lithops genus.

Lithops, resembling the pebbles and stones among which they grow in their natural habitat, have in recent years become favorites of the succulent viewing public.

Johan Burchell discovered Lithops in 1811 when he stated:

“On picking up from the stony ground what was supposed to be curiously shaped pebble, surprisingly proved to be a plant”.

Alte Kalköfen Lodge proudly hosts the biggest registered collection of Lithops in Namibia.