29 August 2016

South Africa: The trunk of the world's widest baobab has split!

The Sunland Baobab, known for being the widest of its species in the world, saw a third of its trunk crash to the ground on 23 August 2016. The main cause for the tree's split is believed to be its age. According to radiocarbon dating, the tree is around 1100 years old.

The Sunland Baobab is 22 meters high, and is some 47 meters in circumference. The tree's trunk consists of two connected parts; each of these parts has its own enormous hollow connected with a narrow passage. The hollows of the Sunland Baobab  have been turned into a pub and wine cellar in 1993 by the owners of Sunland farm, Doug and Heather van Heerden. The Sunland Farm is located near Modjadjiskloof (Duiwelskloof) in South Africa's Limpopo Province. The entrance fee for day visitors is R25 per person.

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