Chapman´s Baobab - botswana

photograph courtesy Philip Greenspun

In Botswana´s Kalarari Desert near the Makgadikgadi Pans (once a very immense inland lake in Africa) is a very large tree that goes by the name “Chapman´s Baobab”. In was named by a South African explorer by the name of James Chapman in 1861 when he was on an expedition with his brother and Thomas Baines. This tree is about 25 meters in circumference at its base (Baobab trees swell with water when it rains which makes trunk measurements difficult as they very from season to season). From what I have found I think that this is the second largest Baobab after the “Sunland Baobab in Limpopo which has a circumference of 46.8 meters.

The tree is reputed to be between 4,000 and 6,000 years old.

here is the same tree from another angle...

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Julianne Skai Arbor said...

I have personally seen this tree, Sunland and all of the big 5 baobabs in southern Africa. They are magnificent! However, the age of baobabs is frequently overestimated because they have indeterminate rings, so they are almost impossible to date. The biggest baobab, I think, is the Holboom tree in Namibia. See my website www.treegirl.org.
Thanks for putting together this blog! TreeGirl (photographer, educator and arborist)

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