Reakaly baobab (Ampanihy baobab)

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It is well possible that the giant baobab near Reakaly village at Ampanihy town is the largest tree in Madagascar. The trunk of this beautiful tree has a circumference of some 23 m.

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GPS coordinates
24.6677 S 44.5622 E (mistake up to 5,000 m)
Location, address
Africa, Madagascar, Atsimo-Andrefana Region, 22 km north-west from Ampanihy town, in a small grove near Reakaly village
Adansonia za (Baill.)
23 m

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Baobabs of Madagascar

Out of nine species of baobabs that are known to science in Madagascar grow six species of baobabs out of nine known to the science. All these six species grow exclusively in Madagascar. These baobabs are:

  • fony baobab (Adansonia rubrostipa) – comparatively smaller baobab, but with very impressive, bottle shaped trunk. Found in the western part of Madagascar.
  • Grandidier’s baobab (Adansonia grandidieri) – enormous, beautiful tree, one of symbols of Madagascar. These trees are increasingly rare and grow only in the dry tropical forest of south-western Madagascar. A group of these trees forms the famous “Avenue of Baobabs”.
  • Madagascar baobab (Adansonia madagascariensis) – large tree, found in the north of the island.
  • Perrier’s baobab (Adansonia perrieri) – large, up to 30 m tall tree which is very rare and found only in the north of island.
  • Suarez baobab (Adansonia suarezensis) – large trees with characteristi flat-topped crown, found only in the north of the island.
  • za baobab (Adansonia za) – most common baobab in Madagascar, reaches very large size.

Largest tree in Madagascar?

Reakaly village is located in the south-west of Madagascar – an area with the unique Madagascaran dry forest ecosystem. This eerie landscape is adorned with spiky, greyish-brown plants of fantastic forms.

Not far from this village is located a sacred tree – baobab of giant size. This picturesque tree is surrounded by a small grove of smaller trees and bushes and is revered by locals for centuries long. According to local legends, in the 12th century in the hollow (approximately 20 m² large) of this tree were hiding people of the Zanakang clan from the hostile Fahavalo clan.

This fantastic tree belongs to Adansonia za species. The trunk of the tree has a circumference of 23 m, which makes it the largest known tree in Madagascar. Plaque at the tree notes that the circumference is 27 m, but this most likely is the circumference at the ground level.

In the hollow of Reakaly baobab live hundreds of bats, countless cockroaches, and other living beings. Under the tree lives (or lived?) even Madagascar ground boa.

Images of this tree are available here:


  1. Jérôme Hutin, Madagascar, Venerable Trees.

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