THE BAOBAB TREE
For a lot of my journey along the Zambezi I had the company of the majestic baobab tree!
It is an icon of the African continent and lies at the heart of many traditional African remedies and folklore.
It’s a prehistoric species which predates both mankind and the splitting of the continents over 200 million years ago. Its native to the African savannah where the climate is extremely dry and arid, it is a symbol of life and positivity in this landscape where little else can thrive.
And for this reason it’s known as “The Tree of Life”.
They grow in 32 African countries and can live for up to 5,000 years, reach up to 30 metres high and up to an enormous 50 metres in circumference!
They provide shelter, food and water for animals and humans, which is why many communities along the Zambezi have made their homes near Baobab trees!
Photo credit: Alex Frood