The Sunland Baobab is estimated to be around 6 000 years old, and is the country's biggest baobab, featuring a small pub inside its hollow trunk. With its giant surreal branches, interesting flowers and quaint little pub, the Sunland Baobab delights all who visit.

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The trunk of the baobab tree can store more than 30,000 gallons of water.

The Sunland Baobab, near the sub-tropical town of Tzaneen, is the country's largest baobab and one of the area's most popular attractions.

This is not only because of the tree's impressive girth and height (47m by 22m) and its considerable age (possibly 6 000 years), but also because there's a pub located inside, making it one of the most unusual places in the world to have a drink.

The pub was created back in 1933 when the owners of the farm cleared out compost from the central trunk, squared off a hole to make way for a door and installed a railway sleeper inside for the bar.

Also on the farm, owned by Doug and Heather van Heerden, is a nursery specialising in palms and bamboo, a mango and avocado plantation and accommodation for 20 people in huts they call 'jungalows'.

Baobabs are found throughout the Limpopo province and there are many myths and legends that surround them.

They are also known as the upside-down-tree. Legend has it that the early hunter-gatherers believed the baobab tree offended God and as punishment, God planted the tree upside down. (When you see a baobab tree in winter with its bare branches pointing skywards, you'll know where this notion comes from.)

In ancient times kings, elders and leaders held meetings under the spreading branches of huge baobabs, believing that the tree spirits would guide them in making the right decisions.

And baobabs are also immensely useful to man and beast, providing shelter for a variety of creatures, including bush babies and fruit bats that pollinate the flowers.

Baboons love the fruit of the baobab, and elephants browse the leaves and strip the bark for moisture.

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