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The giant Baobab trees grow mainly in the hot, semi-arid areas north of the Soutpansberg mountain, South Africa. Legend has it that in a frivolous mood, the gods planted Baobabs upside down with their roots exposed to the sky.
The baobab tree (Adansonia digitata) is one of the trees in Africa with the longest life span. The average age of the Baobabs found in the northern parts of Limpopo are between 300 and 500 years old. Near Sagole, a rural village in the north east of the province, a baobab specimen can be visited that is 3,000 years old and measures 43 metres in circumference at base. Baobabs are among the most useful plants to both animals and humans. With its own distinct ecosystem, Baobabs swarm with life as it provides shelter and sustenance for various creatures. Elephants browse the leaves and strip the bark for food and moisture. Baboons feast on the fruits of the tree while birds (and bees) nest in the holes in the trunk, as most of the old trees are hollow inside. Fruit bats and bush babies pollinate the flowers that only last for 24 hours before falling to the ground to become food for various antelope species.
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  • JolanteHesse
    JolanteHesseover 2 years ago

    The strikiing perspective that emphasises the grandeur of the boabab and the detail are beautfiul Elizabeth!

  • Thanks Jolante, I so appreciate your very positive and kind comment and the fav too! Thanks so much!

    – Elizabeth Kendall

  • AuntDot
    AuntDotover 2 years ago

    Such an unusual tree. The only one I’ve seen is a man-made one at Disney World! LOL

  • Smile! Time to visit Africa dear Dot! Thanks so much for commenting.

    – Elizabeth Kendall

  • LudaNayvelt
    LudaNayveltover 2 years ago

    stunning work, Elizabeth

  • Thanks for the fav Luda and your fine comment!

    – Elizabeth Kendall

  • supernan
    supernanover 2 years ago

    Wonderful work and so informative x

  • Thanks very much Nan!

    – Elizabeth Kendall

  • Tom Erik Douglas Smith
    Tom Erik Dougl...over 2 years ago

    Beautiful Baobab! Makes me miss home…

  • Thanks for the fav Tom and hope you can visit “home” again sometime.

    – Elizabeth Kendall

  • Magaret Meintjes
    Magaret Meintjesover 2 years ago


    2012/04/02 1 Image per 24hrs
    Stunning!

  • Pleasure! Thanks for accepting and a fine comment Magaret!

    – Elizabeth Kendall

  • Maree  Clarkson
    Maree Clarksonover 2 years ago

    Beautiful silhouette of this magnificent tree Elizabeth! Great info, hope to see that 3000-year old tree one day!

  • Many thanks Maree! yes, me too!! ;-)

    – Elizabeth Kendall

  • leapdaybride
    leapdaybrideover 2 years ago
  • Great news!! Thanks so very much!

    – Elizabeth Kendall

  • Karue
    Karueover 2 years ago

    Great work

  • Thanks so much Karue!!

    – Elizabeth Kendall

  • Maree  Clarkson
    Maree Clarksonabout 2 years ago

    Congratulations on the features Elizabeth, well done!

  • Smile! Thanks Maree, so kind.

    – Elizabeth Kendall

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