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Attractions – Baobabs

Have you hugged a baobab today? Restore your sanity! There are many on Mapesu Nature Reserve and a young one at the lodge just waiting to be hugged.

mopane_atractions_baobadThe baobab (Adansonia digitata), undisputed king of the African savannah, occurs in South Africa mainly north of the Soutpansberg Mountains and in the extreme north of the Kruger National Park. The giant tree with its enormous girth and dominating appearance is steeped in legend. Remember to ask why you should be careful not to walk around a baobab seven times!

The trees average about 25 meters in height when fully grown with trunk diameters of up to 10 meters and can be thousands of years old. The largest tree near Mopane Bush Lodge is an awe inspiring 25 meters in circumference, known as the Lord Hamilton Tree, and has probably been growing for close to 3000 years.

Mopane Bush Lodge takes its guests to experience the majesty of the Hamilton baobab.

Be enthralled with the stories, superstitions, and beliefs about these monoliths of the Africa bushveld.