The Baobab – one of Namibia’s super trees

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By Jana-Mari Smith – 26 October 2012

Knowledge and wisdom are like a Baobab tree, one person’s arms cannot encompass it – African proverb

The immense trunk and thin branches sprouting up into the air have led to various apt nicknames for the majestic Baobab tree.

Baobab tree. Photo ©Christie Keulder

Baobab tree. Photo ©Christie Keulder

‘The tree of life’ or the ‘Upside down tree’ are just some of the names used to describe a tree, which not only awes with it’s sheer size and odd look, but also offers shelter to animals and people, tools such as rope and cloth, medicine and nutrition.

The by-names differ from tribe to tribe, country to region, and is a clear sign that this tree, despite it’s awkward look and formiddable size, is one of the most beloved features of the African bush, and it’s most useful.

Baobab tree. Photo ©Christie Keulder

Baobab tree. Photo ©Christie Keulder

The babobab tree fruit, which is a velvety green fruit that grows from white flowers, has been used over hundreds of centuries by people living close to this magical tree.

Claims vary, but many say it eases stomach troubles and fevers, and because of it’s high Vitamin C, potassium, calcium and magnesium, it is a natural immune booster.

Baobab tree. Photo ©Christie Keulder

Baobab tree. Photo ©Christie Keulder

The baobab tree is one of the oldest living trees in the world. The oldest known Baobab is around 6 000 years old. Circumferances can extend to close to 30 meters.

The Baobab (Adansonia digitata) is most certainly a tree, under which you can stand and realize the breadth and width of life. From forever to miniscule. Guess which one’s we are?


Baobab tree. Photo ©Christie Keulder


What else do you know about the Baobab tree? Myths? Medicinal uses? Let us know here or on facebook or twitter.

Travel News Namibia
Travel News Namibia
Travel News Namibia is a high-quality glossy Namibia travel and lifestyle magazine tasked with promoting Namibia to the world. With riveting stories, first-hand encounters and magnificent photographs showcasing tourism, travel, nature, adventure and conservation, TNN is the ultimate and most comprehensive guide to exploring Namibia. Travel News Namibia is published in five different editions per year. These include four English- language editions and one German. Travel News Namibia is for sale in Namibia and South Africa.


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