Musina Nature Reserve
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South Africa has the largest baobab tree in the world, which can be seen at Sunland, near Tzaneen
The Musina Nature Reserve is a wonderful way to get up close and personal with the remarkable baobab. The Musina Nature Reserve is some 10 kms south of the town of Musina, and home to country's largest collection of baobabs. Take a drive through this remarkable reserve, whose rocky outcrops belong to a rock formation called the Sand River Gneiss, which is said to be one of the oldest in the world. Apart from the amazing baobab, the reserve is also home to a diversity of small game and many bird species.
Baobab trees occur only in the northern parts of South Africa, mostly between the Limpopo River and the Soutpansberg, the country's northernmost mountain range. They occur most densely near the town of Musina, and the Musina Nature Reserve was created specifically to protect these amazing trees, and ensure that future generations will also be able to enjoy them too.
The Latin name of the South African baobab tree is Adansonia digitata, and they thrive in hot, semi-desert areas, growing to a height of 25 metres. Carbon dating has shown that they sometimes reach as much as 3 000 years in age. The baobab has the unique ability to regenerate damaged or stripped bark, and can even survive fire. They create their own eco-systems, supporting thousands of creatures great and small that eat their leaves, make homes in the bark, rest in the branches, and drink the nectar from the flowers.
The baobab is also known as the upside-down-tree, because their branches resemble roots. They are a great source of legend and folklore, and the baobab has been adopted by Limpopo province as one of their tourism icons.
Pack a picnic basket and binoculars and take a gentle drive through the Musina Nature Reserve to witness hundreds of these beautiful trees. The reserve has a variety of pretty picnic sites as well as hiking trails, and there is a guesthouse andbushcamp for overnight visitors.
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Musina Nature Reserve
Tel: +27 (0) 15 516 3415