Wednesday, November 2, 2011

Sunland Baobab - A Bar Inside a Hollowed Out Tree

Sunland Baobab is a well-known enormous baobab tree in South Africa. It is one of the largest baobabs in South Africa with a circumference of 47 meter, or 33 meter, depending on who you believe, and a height reaching 19~22 meter. Regardless of the actual figure, everyone agrees that it is the widest tree on the entire continent. It is so big that there's room enough for a small pub inside. The Sunland Baobab is understandably, one of the area's most popular attractions.

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But Sunland Baobab wasn’t hollowed out artificially so that a pub could be placed inside. The trunk of this remarkable species is naturally hollow. The small pub inside the tree was created in 1933, and if you visit it today you will still be served a drink. The bar has 13-foot high ceilings and can comfortably fit 15 people inside. The tree is situated on a farm owned by the Van Heerden family, who take care of this majestic specimen.

Besides its remarkable dimensions, the baobab is also one of the oldest trees on earth. Carbon dating has estimated it to be around 6000 years old.

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The bar inside the naturally hollow Sunland Boabab tree which is estimated to be from 1000 to 6000 years old near Leeudraai during a media trip to Limpopo launching the 2011 Sho't Left campaign, which encourages South Africans to take the road less travelled and see the hidden jewels that various places around South Africa have to offer. Pic Neil McCartney

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Sources: 1, 2, 3

7 comments:

  1. Man, that looks like a really nice place to chill.

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  2. Where in SA is it?

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  3. I wanna plant a tree like this :)

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  4. This is really cool where is the adres of this tree......I wana visit !!

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  5. The age of this tree is greatly overstated. A study using carbon dating was published that revealed the age of the older of the two stems to be only 1,060 + or - 75 years old, and the younger stem was dated to be 750 + or - 75 years old. I don't know where the author found 6,000 years old, but it is way off according to this valid scientific study.
    http://link.springer.com/article/10.1007%2Fs13595-011-0107-x

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  6. I don't really believe in carbon dating, it can give some unrealistic numbers and it is extremely inaccurate. I don't think that tree can even be 1000 years. You wouldn't believe in carbon dating after watching this:http://www.youtube.com/watch?feature=player_detailpage&v=TVuVYnHRuig

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