Largest tree in Africa?
This giant tree currently is the stoutest in the country. Some time ago the stoutest was Glencoe Baobab with the incredible diameter of 15.9 metres, but unfortunately this tree split into two parts in November 2009. Tree unites amazing trunk size with a circumference of 33.72 meters (3.) with the significant height of 22 metres.
Sagole Tree is the largest one in overall appearance and possibly – the largest one in trunk volume.
Rather close to the ground the enormous tree divides into several trunks but it keeps the appearance of a single tree.
Age of Sagole Baobab has not been scientifically proven but most likely it well exceeds 1,000 years.
Venda people named the tree: muri kunguluwa – the tree that roars. This name comes from the sound of wind blowing through its branches (4.).
Birds and tourists
Tree got another special value – it serves as a home for the colony of African birds – mottled spinetails (Telacanthura ussheri) which don’t create colonies that often (5).
This beautiful monument of nature is well known to curious travellers and Limpopo province is planning (or hopefully has done it already) to develop basic tourist facilities including an asphalted road up to the tree and possibly a boardwalk around the tree to avoid the trampling. Such boardwalks are advised as the feet of tourists compact the soil preventing the water from inflitrating the soil and thus unnecessarily weakening the Sagole Baobab (1).
Not too far from Sagole Baobab, in HaMakuya is located Tshulu Trust – not-for-profit oganisation which is actively promoting entrepeneurship in this region of South Africa, where unemployment exceeds 95%.
Among the many initiatives could be mentioned Tshulu Camp, local catering and baking company, sewing workshops exploring the fusion of Venda and European fashion and other interesting businesses.
Thus – be invited to enjoy the beautiful Venda land with the kind assistance of Venda people and Tshulu Trust!
- Siyabona Africa Travel, Kruger national park accomodation and safari guide. Accessed: the 20th January 2010
- Venerable Trees by Jérôme Hutin. Was last accessed in the 20th January 2010
- Declared List of Champion Trees. South African Department of Water Affairs and Forestry, November 2012
- Gerald E. Wickens, Pat Lowe. The baobabs: pachycauls of Africa, Madagascar and Australia. 2008. ISBN: 978-1-4020-6430-2
- Notice on declaration of particular trees and particular group of trees Champion Trees under section 12(1)a and (b) of the National Forests Act, 1998 (Act No.84 of 1998), as amended., Staatskoerant, 6 Dec 2006. Was last accessed on the 20th January 2010
Sagole Baobab is included in the following list:10 stoutest trees of the world
|Coordinates:||22.5000 S 30.63324 E|
|Categories:||Trees, Biological extremes|
|Rating:||(4 / 5)|
|Address:||Africa, South Africa, Limpopo Province, Mutale Municipality, Vendaland, east from Tshipise|
|Alternate name:||Sagole Big Tree, Muri Kunguluwa, Muvhuyu wa Makhadzi|
|Species:||Baobab (Adansonia digitata L.)|
|Diameter:||10.73 m (calculated from the circumference)|
|Crown diameter:||38.2 m|
Geologically South Africa is interesting with its unique mineral deposits providing some of the best diamond, gold, platinum ores and other highly valuable mineral resources.
The biodiversity of South Africa is unsurpassed in many respects but also very endangered.
Text and pictures document the life cycle of this amazing tree of the African savannah, and portrays the animals and people it helps to support
Standing tall on the sunburned plains of Africa and Australia, baobabs may be the oldest life forms on the planet. Many of the specimens still standing today have been around for well over two thousand years. Tremendous in size and bizarre in appearance, they have provided food, medicine, and places of refuge and worship to countless peoples, even serving as prisons and tombs on occasion. Long before European explorers opened up the African continent, the news of these “gnarled upside-down giants” had astonished the world of science and stoked the imagination of naturalists everywhere.