Baobab trees, especially those with roots in Africa, can be said to be mystical giants growing within dry lowlands and the Savannah. There are many myths regarding this tree and a host of benefits that has lately put the baobab on the world’s map.
However, in Modjadjiskloof in Limpopo Province, South Africa, a unique occurrence is neither mythical nor unbelievable. This is where you find the Sunland Baobab, which has been hollowed out to host the famous Baobab Tree Bar. The tree has become an attraction that draws thousands of tourists to the site annually.
It’s true that nature offers remarkable inspiration for architecture and creativity. Whereas some people have built artificial tree houses over the years, this one offers more than that.
The Baobab Bar is a hollowed out space inside one of the continent’s biggest baobabs ever recovered. According to carbon dating records, this one is estimated to be over 6,000 years old.
The tree bar sits on a farm owned by Doug and Heather van Heerden, and it started way back in the 1930s.
The Sunland Baobab is a marvel in size and nature. It takes 40 people to wrap their arms around the tree from outside. The bar boasts a ceiling that stands at 13 feet in height, and it’s fully fitted with an air con system.
Externally, the baobab’s branches tower up to 72 feet high, and the circumference is 155 feet. According to the owner, the bar can comfortably hold fifteen people although it’s said that up to 40 people can stand inside.
Most notably, the Big Baobab in Modjadjiskloof has had issues regarding its actual age, but carbon dating guarantees it at nothing short of 1,000 years.
For visitors who wonder about the process of digging out, it’s purely a matter of Mother Nature. When baobabs attain the age of 1000 years and above, they naturally begin to hollow out.
There are reports that the bar experienced slight damage sometime back after sections of the hollow tree broke off. The disintegration is believed to be as a result of the baobab’s old age.
Inside the bar, the walls and shelves are marked with pieces that tell the bigger story about the baobab bar and its existence. You can also enjoy a game of darts inside.
Out on the grounds, the tree offers comfortable shade that is conducive to an outdoor drinking experience. The lawns have been used to host ceremonies such as weddings, and some chalets offer bed and breakfast for visitors.
Arguably, this is one of Limpopo Provinces’ best-kept secrets for adventure seekers.
Over the years, baobab trees have been used for many purposes befitting mankind. The hollow spaces or artificially dugout spaces can be used to store water for future uses.
In other places, baobab hollows have been used as holding cells. To get to the baobab tree bar, you can connect from Johannesburg via the N1 to Polokwane then use the R71 to Tzaneen.
There is a T-junction at the Magoebaskloof Pass where you take a left onto R36 to Modjadjiskloof. From here, you can follow the signs to Sunland Baobab a few miles up.
You can visit their website here.