This gigantic, magnificent, old-as-time and – some would say – upside-down tree is known as the baobab. A symbol of endurance, strength and conservation.
This mystical and iconic figure can mainly be found in the northern parts of Kruger National Park. While you are likely to be taken aback by its presence and history, it also gives an exciting feeling of freedom and inspires a desire to explore this area, as many generations before have done.
You will therefore not be the first to enjoy the splendour that this tree has to offer, to man and beast alike. You will certainly not be the last. The baobab has been a source of materials and food for millennia. Its leaves are edible and the tree bears a delicious fruit that offers a valuable source of nutrition. Its mighty trunk also stores huge amounts of water to protect against the hardships the tree has to endure.
In many ways the Baobab is a perfect symbol for Earth Day. It is a mighty testament to Earth’s resilience and its ability to provide for us.
“When I spend time underneath a Baobab tree, it feels as if time stands still. It feels like it is cheering me on in life ‘come on, I have done it, you can too.’ ” – Anonymous