The giant Baobab trees grow mainly in the hot, semi-arid areas north of the Soutpansberg mountain

Limpopo Tourist AttractionsThe Baobabs

The giant Baobab trees grow mainly in the hot, semi-arid areas north of the Soutpansberg mountain.

Where? North of the Soutpansberg, Limpopo

When? Best during daylight hours

How much? Free

Overnight? See Soutpansberg accommodation, in Limpopo

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.

Popular Attractions in the Soutpansberg

The Big Baobar

See the largest Baobab tree in the world. Standing at 22 meters tall, with a circumference of 47 meters, this magnificent tree sits on the Sunland Nurseries grounds. Carbon dating estimated that the tree is around 6000 years old, making it...

More info and contact details: The Big Baobar

Soutpansberg Conservancy

The Soutpansberg Conservancy, consisting of 90 000 hectares, was formed to protect an incredibly sensitive and beautiful part of the world. Drive across the arid, flat vastness of the northern Limpopo Province, and the sandstone of the...

More info and contact details: Soutpansberg Conservancy

Musina Nature Reserve

Musina Nature Reserve in the Soutpansberg Region has one of the largest collections of baobabs in the country, and incorporates the former Baobab Forest Reserve formed in 1926 to protect the baobabs from commercial interests...

More info and contact details: Musina Nature Reserve has been assisting travellers with their South African holiday plans since 1999, and is the largest online travel guide for South Africa available in both English and German. © All Rights Reserved. Find and book hotels and accommodation in South Africa. Sitemap