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I know this page is technically about photography but the Baobab is bound to raise some controversy. I was met by many comments about the trunk being hollow housing a pub of all things. This has been bothering me too but let me try and explain the facts very briefly:  The baobab is biologically very different from an ordinary tree in that it has no core and its wood consists of fibers high in water content, resembling decaying willow wood but much more dense than a succulent. Some trees become hollow on the inside as part of a natural process without hampering its growth. Secondly the idea to have a pub inside comes from the days when the Lowveld was like the pioneering of the American Wild West. The first facilities established in a "town" used to be the watering hole which was also the chemist/drug store and ammunition dealer, not just a pub - so I am told.

The last controversy is size: I used the word "allegedly" the biggest because there are 3 trees being mentioned as the biggest and the fact giving rise to this discrepancy has to do with the height at which the circumference is measured around the trunk and some people use "size" as synonymous with "height".

The first photo shows the massive trunk and the door, then the pub on the inside and the bottom right shows a small "lounge" next door.

This tree is estimated to be 6000 years of age!

My previous two uploads of the "biggest" trees:

Thank you for comments and visits, your time is highly appreciated.
January 30, 2007
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Jan 30, 2007 11:45:17 am
Wow...what a great conversation piece... I have never ever seen anything like this...that trunk is so big....this is great, thank you so much for sharing...goes in my favorites

by shahlaa Homepage »

Jan 30, 2007 11:46:05 am
Wow... it certainly looks like a cozy nook, especially with the blankies and pillows! That's a new twist for a pub! :0)

by odie Homepage »

Jan 30, 2007 11:51:47 am
HUGE !! if this is not wounding the tree, this is a wonderfull place for inspiration & love, Nice capt'shot & document !
xxxxx, Thks 4share,

by acclaude Homepage »

Jan 30, 2007 11:53:54 am
Great photos & wonderfully described! Thanks for the facts on this amazing tree! Well done mate....

by Shucoda Homepage »

Jan 30, 2007 11:58:58 am
Beautiful photos...

by lizzibell Homepage »

Jan 30, 2007 12:04:23 pm
What a gigantic tree. Fantastic and very interesting shots!!

by Hendesse Homepage »

Jan 30, 2007 12:06:28 pm
Beautiful Photography. Excellent!! Congratulations!!

by LudyMelltSekher Homepage »

Jan 30, 2007 12:08:11 pm
Thoroughly professional photography allied to absorbing information. Really, really good.


by meico Homepage »

Jan 30, 2007 12:10:01 pm
The history of this is very interesting...nicely done...

by frankie96 Homepage »

Jan 30, 2007 12:13:07 pm
wowwww, very good idea this house-tree and excellent pictures !!! Thank you for this information!!! Good day and hugs :)

by Valerie-Ducom Homepage »

Jan 30, 2007 12:14:01 pm
Your photos are great, and your written explanations and descriptions are truly educational and interesting. Thanx.

by Botai Homepage »

Jan 30, 2007 12:20:45 pm
Fantastic collage! Look at the design and to think that humans and trees are sharing space in harmony is great! Wonderful clear photos and great information!

by MrsLubner Homepage »

Jan 30, 2007 12:29:26 pm
Way cool buddy! Now the word treehugger starts to make sense! Claiming their love for nature - they just go INTO the tree to get drunk!Drinking 2

Great images - thanks for the info, too!

by kjpweb Homepage »

Jan 30, 2007 12:32:38 pm
So impressiv this tree!

by lior Homepage »

Jan 30, 2007 12:36:44 pm
Fabulous captures of the tree and its insides. You can really get a glimpse of its size by the woman at the entrance in the top image. Great work on this huge tree. Pretty neat how you presented it!!

by Biffowitz Homepage »

Jan 30, 2007 12:45:13 pm
Wow!!! I'd love to have a drink inside!!! that's incredible!!! bravo Piet for the captures and information!!!

by Loloe Homepage »

Jan 30, 2007 12:50:23 pm
What a photo op that tree is Piet, awesome details and a delight to explore......

by 1010 Homepage »

Jan 30, 2007 1:10:12 pm

by Petra-S Homepage »

Jan 30, 2007 1:17:34 pm
Hope that's true and have confidence if you're sure about the "no nuisance"
for that marvellous 6 Thd years tree ( such awesome age !!! Miracle !)
Extraordinaire chose de la vie ...!
It's a good idea nevertheless that's pub..
thanks for sharing that particular and unknown beauty ...!

by Laelia Homepage »

Jan 30, 2007 1:22:13 pm
OMG, what a huge tree! Just saw your previous post too...6000 years! That's incredible! I'd love to have a drink in there! Beautiful!

by natalieb Homepage »

Jan 30, 2007 1:31:35 pm
Great series of interesting shots!

by kurtsart Homepage »

Jan 30, 2007 1:36:14 pm
Always so informative :) I feel better knowing that they didn't cut in the tree to make the pub but still... lol I see you put your signature above the door lol So that is Busi pub? Wonderful pictures, thank you :)

by louly Homepage »

Jan 30, 2007 1:57:44 pm
Didn't you share these views with us once before?
Well, the info is a bit more expansive, and it is one of the most interesting things I've seen this side of Tolkien's Shire! :)

by TwoPynts Homepage »

Jan 30, 2007 2:09:44 pm
Fantastic place and capture!!!

by carlx Homepage »

Jan 30, 2007 2:36:58 pm
wow, what a super super work!!!! excellently done!!! :)

by Chaos911 Homepage »


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