Baobab Amoureux – baobabs in love

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Baobab Amoureux near Morondava, Madagascar
Baobab Amoureux near Morondava / Olivier Lejade, / CC BY-SA 2.0

Not too far from the famous Avenue of the Baobabs is located another miracle of nature – Baobab Amoureux. Here two magnificent baobabs (rather rare species Adansonia za) have twisted together, inseparable, like two lovers.

Adansonia za

Adansonia za is one of seven species of baobabs in Madagascar. These magnificent trees are endemic to Madagascar and grow only in the dry tropical forests of the southern and north-western part of island. This tree, like other baobabs, can reach giant size – it grows up to 40 m tall and diameter of trunk may reach 6 metres!

Legend

Two such giants twisted together is very unusual sight. Of course, locals have noticed these trees and a legend about this unusual natural monument was born.

Legend tells the following:

Once upon a time in two local villages were loving two young people boy and girl. They fell in love with each other. Unfortunately each of them already had an assigned partner and could not marry.

They asked for the assistance of god – and as a result baobabs were born and met.

References

  1. Allée des Baobabs. Un site classé aire protégée, tribune.com. 1 August 2007.

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Baobab Amoureux - baobabs in love -20.211429, 44.400106 Baobab Amoureux – baobabs in love

Coordinates: 20.2114 S 44.4001 E
Categories: Trees
Values: Visual, Biology
Rank: 7
Address: Africa, Madagascar, Menabe Region, 23 kilometres by road north-east from Morondava town, north from Avenue of the Baobabs, left turn from the road towards Belon’i Tsiribihina
Species: Adansonia za

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Recommended books

The Remarkable Baobab


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Madagascar (Bradt Travel Guide)


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