Trunk of the tree had two connected parts that made the measurement of the trunk somewhat confusing. Each of these parts got its own enormous cavities, connected with a narrow passage. Unfortunately, in August 2015 one part of the tree collapsed.
Claims that the tree is 6,000 years old (1.) have no scientific background but we can be sure that a tree of such size is more than 1,000 years old. There have been made carbon investigations of the fires inside the hollows of the tree – after each of these fires, the tree managed to grow a new layer covering the burnt wood. The analysis shows that such fires happened in 1650, 1750-1780, 1900, 1955 and 1990 (4.).
Pub in a tree
Such aged baobabs develop large hollows in their trunk and in this case the hollow has been used in an ingenious way.
In 1993 owners of the farm – Heerdens – cleared the hollowed trunk of debris and there were found artifacts of Bushmen and first white settlers. In the process, there was made a nice room inside the tree with a floor one meter below the ground level. Natural vent in the trunk was replaced with a door and there was arranged a pub with draft beer, seats, music system.
There is enough space for 60 people – but Wondermondo has no information if they all will have seats in there.
In another hollow there has been installed a well-ventilated wine cellar with a constant temperature of 22 C (1.).
The giant baobab is a significant attraction of the Sunland Farm turning it into an attractive destination for tourists with bungalows and swimming pools.
Unfortunately these activities are not especially suited for the unique tree – especially the adding of concrete construction on its roots. The touristy landscape somewhat decreases the effect of this monument of nature (2.).
After the collapse of one-third of the tree in August 2015 the remaining part of baobab still stands and is alive – with a bar in it.
Baobabs have beautiful, large flowers. Sunland Baobab has a beautiful bloom every spring. There are living many birds – including two pairs of owls – in the Sunland Baobab.
- The Big Baobab Website, see many pictures there. Accessed: the 20th January 2010
- Venerable Trees by Jérôme Hutin.
- Plantzafrica, South African National Biodiversity Institute’s plant information website. Accessed: the 20th January 2010
- Fire history of a giant African baobab evinced by radiocarbon dating: comparative calibration with Northern vs. Southern hemisphere data sets. Adrian Patrut, Karl F von Reden, Daniel A Lowy, Diana H Mayne, Robert van Pelt, Ann P McNichol, Mark L Roberts, Dragos Margineanu. 20th international radiocarbon conference 2009, abstracts. Accessed: the 20th January 2010
- The world-famous Sunland Baobab’s trunk crashed to the ground. Letaba Herald. Accessed: 23rd December 2017.
Sunland Baobab on the map
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|Location, GPS coordinates:||23.6210 S 30.1980 E>|
|Where is located?||Africa, South Africa, Limpopo Province, near Duiwelskloof, Sunland Farm (also – Platland Farm)|
|Alternate names:||Pub Tree, Platland Baobab, Baobab of Duiwelskloof, Mooketsi Baobab, Sebogo Baobab|
|Species:||Baobab (Adansonia digitata L.)|
|Diameter:||10.69 m (before the collapse, calculated from the circumference)|
|Circumference:||33.6 m (before the collapse)|
|Crown diameter:||33 m (before the collapse)|
Video of Sunland Baobab (Platland Tree) after partial collapse in 2016
Letaba Herald, August 2016
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.