The Wonder of Trees in the South of Africa
Trip Start Jul 10, 2007
46Trip End Mar 11, 2008
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Traveling in Africa, you start to wonder how trees can grow so big and so beautiful. The climate here does not always promote growth, yet in certain areas, trees prosper. There must be spirits in these trees!
The Acacia tree looks like an umbrella and provides shade to thirsty and warm animals. Other small bushes hide the many shy creatures or the ones ready to pounce on a poor unsuspecting prey (or tourist). Trees are homes and a source of water and nourishment to so many. Some insects such as termites build their entire homes around the trees.
My favourite tree and the one I have been waiting to see since I read "Le petit prince" as a child is the baobab or affectionately know as the "upside down tree"
Baobabs have also been common meeting places for generations of people. Occasionally, groups can actually meet inside the tree as they can be hollow, and still flourish. The sheer size of the tree would explain this fact.
Elephants love to strip the bark off the tree which actually regenerates itself.
Now, I have heard stories of Baobabs being 7000 years old. It is very hard not to want to believe this story because Africans tell it with such pride. Science has tried to establish the age of the oldest one at about 3000 years... still not bad for a tree.
I remember one of my boys, as a toddler, had asked me if trees could hear us. I think that I have finally found the answer to his question. Yes, my dear, in Africa, they do!