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Sagole Big Tree

We normally try to show the boys something different when we go away. I want them to experience as many different things as possible. The only true way to gain general knowledge is by seeing and doing and reading.

The boys recently asked me what the biggest tree in our country is. Now as with most things in life, this is a big dispute but it is said that this tree – the Baobab tree – in Limpopo is the biggest. It is over 3 000 years old or not depending on the source

We decided to take the boys there this past weekend while visiting my brother and his family. It was a long drive, especially back when I wanted to kill my brother and husband for the way they were driving.

It was so worth the trip. This tree is huge. I took loads of photos (just check my flickr). There’s a cave inside big enough to be a dining room….I mean you could fit a table and chairs….big.

The drive to the tree and back was over 300 km. A trip I didn’t plan on doing anytime soon until Jason asked if we could go again. My immediate reply was no because we have now seen it. But then he said that we do need to see it in summer too.

How do you say no to that kind of logic.

15 responses

  1. Addie

    Its called intelligence, I think!!!
    BTW, I can I come with to see this marvelous tree – not sure I’ll ever get to see it on my own!!!

    July 9, 2008 at 2:28 pm

  2. Rebekah

    He’s got ya there, Mom… it’ll definitely look different in the summer!

    July 9, 2008 at 2:52 pm

  3. Addie, I tell you, if you CAN find it, it’s a wonder lol It’s in the middle of nowhere! So good to have family that knows of places 🙂

    July 9, 2008 at 2:54 pm

  4. Oh and Addie – it gets up to 50 degrees in the summer! Bring bikini! But yes, we’ll have to take them. To taste the fruit too

    July 9, 2008 at 2:56 pm

  5. I hope you explained it doesn’t look any different in Summer i.e. no leaves then either 🙂 Although it sounds pretty cool. I was never particularly interested in trees until I went to Redwood NP in California. Wow. Will have to make a plan to see this one too 🙂

    July 9, 2008 at 4:11 pm

  6. The surrounding is different and if you catch it on the right day, you might see it’s flowers 🙂 There’s the fruit as well and some leaves.

    July 9, 2008 at 4:45 pm

  7. CP

    Isn’t the Baobab tree in the book The Little Prince? I love that story! I may show your photos to my kids and then have them read the story. I had no idea what such a tree looked like- thank you!

    July 9, 2008 at 9:09 pm

  8. FV

    You don’t. You take him back. HEHEHE The biggest tree here in the US is the Redwoods and kids love it because you can drive under their roots. HEHE

    July 9, 2008 at 11:15 pm

  9. Not only is it wonderful that you take the time to show them new things and places but they appreciate it to the point they want to go back. I will have to check out the pictures.

    July 10, 2008 at 3:07 am

  10. Isis

    awesome tree. bright young man.
    super mom. So the travel bug has bitten at your place, too. 🙂

    July 10, 2008 at 8:04 am

  11. huge tree! i think i’ve been there myself 🙂

    July 10, 2008 at 10:22 am

  12. I LOVE LOVE LOVE trees, will you take me there? I promise to drive properly.
    🙂

    July 10, 2008 at 12:14 pm

  13. smart kid, eh?

    July 10, 2008 at 9:24 pm

  14. jenty

    Awesome, I’d love to take Bradley to see the baobabs!

    July 10, 2008 at 10:15 pm

  15. Wow, there isn’t anything in our entire country that old, much less a tree. Not even close. That’s really cool.

    July 11, 2008 at 5:55 am

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