Weird and wonderful Baobab trees at sunset, Madagascar 26 Sep 2016
About this photo
The amazing Baobab Tree is native to Madagascar, Africa and Australia. The tree is the national symbol of Madagascar and one of its endearing images. This particular image was taken at Baobab Avenue, near Morondava, in Madagascar, where a cluster of the tallest Baobab Trees on earth has grown over time.
Madagascans believe these huge trees hold the spirits of the death, hence they are often referred to as the Sacred Baobab. The Baobab Tree also plays an important role in the wider African culture; in ancient times, important leaders would have their meetings under the huge Baobabs to discuss important matters. They did this because they believed that they Baobab Tree holds magical properties that could help them make wise decisions.
Baobab Trees can grow to nearly 100 feet (30 m) tall and 35 feet (11 m) wide. Their swollen trunks are actually water storage; it may surprise you to learn that the Baobab Tree can store as much as 31,700 gallon (120,000 litres) of water, enabling them to endure extremely harsh droughts. See them for yourself with Insight Guides' Wild Madagascar trip.