The Upside-down Tree

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The Upside-down Tree

In Southern Africa and Madagascar, there is a tree that grows so large it allows people to do just that. The Boabab tree can grow to 11 m in diameter, the length of an average truck, and has been known to reach heights greater than a 10-story building. That’s definitely big enough to live in!

Restaurant in an Upside-down Tree
Restaurant in a tree – Image taken from Blogspot

Why is it called the tree of life?

To many African people, this upside-down tree covers the basic needs. It is hollow on the inside like a cave, allowing people to build rooms inside. The bark is fire resistant, the fruit is rich in Vitamin C and the trunk can store up to 30 000 gallons of water. Recently, people have transformed the trees into shops or bars (see below).

Spices sold to restaurants throughout Africa
Spices sold to restaurants throughout Africa

Why is it a money maker?

In the West, this upside-down tree has become a cash cow as it makes over a billion dollars per year through its medicinal value. In Senegal, the sale of Baobab trees has boosted the economy. The leaves are powdered and sold to medical institutes and to restaurants across the African continent for various dishes.

Morondava Baobab Alley
Morondava Baobab Alley

Where can you see them?

You can visit the Baobab Alley in the Menabe region of Western Madagascar. The Baobab has survived the deforestation in Menabe over the years due to the respect the people have for this tree. The best place to see them is the “Hollywood Boulevard” of giant trees, which received a nomination for the Seven Wonders of the World. The second place to see it is in Southern Africa in countries like Botswana, Namibia, South Africa and Zimbabwe. Walk through these beautiful trees and stand in the middle of the second largest Baobab in the world – the “Chapman’s Baobab” of Botswana. Both the Boabab Alley and Chapman’s Baobab can be visited on the JENMAN African Safari tours.

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