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Sunday, July 3, 2016

Iconic Baobabs of Africa

We share a passion for trees, and how lucky are we to live in a country that has one of the worlds most majestic trees on our doorstep?

The baobab is known for its resilience, but has also been a vital part to our wildlife and its ecosystem. This medicinal giant takes care of the life that surrounds it and is known to live for thousands of years. 

Each tree featured in this album is over a thousand years old. The oldest one (over 6000 years old) collapsed a few years ago, but its was worth sharing the remains of this fallen beautiful giant
The Glencoe Baobab, Hoedspruit, Limpopo

Baobab near Punda Maria and Pafuri, Kruger National Park

Baobab near Pafuri, Punda Maria, Kruger National Park

Baobab in Leydsdorp near Gravelotte, Limpopo

Thulamela Ruins Baobab, near Pafuri, Kruger National Park

Wasini Island Baobab, near Diani Beach, Kenya
- this beautiful island is littered with baobabs everywhere -

Thulamela Ruins Baobab, near Pafuri, Kruger National Park

Wasini Island Baobab, near Diani Beach, Kenya

Diani Beach Baobab, near Mombassa, Kenya
- on the far north side of this pristine beach lies a patch of beach baobabs worth visiting -

Diani Beach Baobab, near Mombassa, Kenya

Baobab near Hoedspruit, Limpopo

 The Glencoe Baobab II, Hoedspruit, Limpopo

The fallen Glencoe Baobab, Hoedspruit, Limpopo
Glencoe Baobab is the stoutest and second largest baobab (Adansonia digitata L.) in South Africa, and possibly the stoutest tree in the world. The tree is located in Glencoe Farm, near HoedspruitLimpopo Province and had a trunk diameter of 15.9 m (52 ft).
The tree divides into several trunks close to the ground. The main trunk had lowered into the ground a long time ago. In November 2009 the tree split in two parts, opening up an enormous hollow.[1]
The diameter of the tree before the split was 15.9 m (52 ft) with a circumference of 47 m (154 ft). The height is 17 m (56 ft), and the spread of crown is 37.05 m (121.6 ft).[2]
The dates "1893" and "1896" are carved on the tree's stem.[3] Radiocarbon dating performed in 2013 suggested an age of 1,835 years.[4] Source: Wikipedia

Manutsa Baobab, near Hoedspruit, Limpopo
We enjoyed the beautiful Manutsa hike from above the Strijdom Tunnel, that follows the stream down valleys and never ending rock pools, to end at the bottom by the Olifants river and came upon this hidden beauty within the community who live here.

Manutsa Baobab, near Hoedspruit, Limpopo

They say the locals swim inside the trunk of this tree on a hot day... we did not investigate it, but we are sure it will be an interesting swim.

Diani Beach Baobab, Mombassa, Kenya

Hoedspruit Roadside Baobab, Limpopo Province

Thulamela Ancient Ruins Baobab, Kruger National Park

Thulamela Ancient Ruins Baobab, Kruger National Park

Thulamela Ancient Ruins Baobab, Kruger National Park



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