Tree #48 Historic Trees of Zimbabwe – The Baobab at Sibuyu Pan

Along the old Hunters Road that runs between Zimbabwe and Botswana lies a small pan, called Sibuyu pan, named for the impressive baobab tree that once stood next to it. Before the completion of the railway in 1904, travellers from Cape Town to Victoria Falls (a journey by horse or ox cart of up to […]

The Weird and Wonderful Baobabs of Lekhubu Island, Botswana

In the middle of the spectacular white expanse of the Magkadigkadi salt pans lies a small island, whose exact location was long held as a closely-guarded secret amongst a few lucky adventurers. Once inhabited by an ancient civilisation linked to Great Zimbabwe, Lekhubu island (sometimes Kubu) is still a uniquely spiritual and ethereal place. In […]

Is Chapman’s Baobab Still Alive? Update from Botswana

In January 2016, Chapman’s Baobab, one of the largest and best-known baobab trees in southern Africa, collapsed and died unexpectedly at its location in the Makgadikgadi Pans of Botswana. In 2019, rumours began to circulate that, although it had collapsed, the tree was not totally dead, and was in fact still showing signs of life. […]