Ancient baobab trees who can tell a few stories
Trip Start Jun 17, 2009
40Trip End Aug 11, 2009
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Where I stayed
Baobab Valley Camp
Our night's stop after what seemed to be a long day but was only 350 km drive from Dar Es Salaam was amongst these magic ancient trees.
We were able to have the next morning as a rest day here before heading after lunch the short 250 km to Kisolanza Farm House.
Baobabs are a living reservoir who have saved many lives. Life would be insupportable in some parts of Africa without the baobab.
One baobab may hold as many as 4, 5 thousand litters of water. Baobabs are mostly protected today - they have been exploited for making paper in the past and exported to England.
Their flowers are very large and sweet-smelling; they are like white stars against the evening sky. Baobabs are not resistant to long periods of drought and young Baobabs perish in veldt fires. When a baobab dies, it collapses into a fibrous mass as though struck by lightning, until a high wind blows away the remnants of a solitary giant that had been a landmark for centuries.
USES OF THE BAOBAB
Besides making into soup, baobab leaves can be eaten like spinach.
Dried for use as a condiment.
Natives eat the pulp for porridge.
Inside the seed pods, a white pulp, when mixed with water, makes the most refreshing drink.