The Sperrgebiet in Namibia encompasses
nearly all of the northern extent of the Succulent Karoo
vegetation and is the only wilderness area in the Succulent
Karoo Hotspot. Since the area has been held as a mining
concession for the last century, it has been strictly
off-limits to the public and scientists.
The Succulent Karoo experiences very unique
climate patterns. Here rainfall is reliable and predictable,
falling mostly during the winter. Prolonged droughts are rare,
even during the extreme dryness of summer. Fog often settles
along the coast and tempers summer heat. In winter, hot
mountain or "berg" winds whip across the region, creating some
of the hottest days of the year.
We were very lucky to be in the right place in the right time
- just after the winter rain we found a fantastic colorful
flora. and plenty of insects and spiders. It is thus no wonder
that we collected many interesting organims and, no doubt, new
species. Especially surprising to us was the large number of
spiders that were present at the time.