Sunland Baobab

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Sunland Baobab (Platland Baobab, Mooketsi Baobab, also Tree Bar, Big Baobab and Pub Tree) is a well-known enormous baobab (Adansonia digitata) in South Africa. The tree is located on Sunland Farm (Platland Farm), near Modjadjiskloof (previously known as Duiwelskloof), Limpopo Province. The Sunland Big Baobab is renowned because in its hollowed trunk there is established a bar and a wine cellar. The tree has been carbon dated and its age is estimated to be 1,060 years, plus or minus 75 years.[1]

The trunk of the tree consists of two connected parts. Each of these parts has its own enormous hollow connected with a narrow passage. Diameter of the tree - 10.64 metres (only Glencoe Baobab up to recent split had larger diameter), height 19 metres and crown diameter - 30.2 metres. Circumference of the trunk - 33.4 metres.

Carbon investigations inside the hollows of the tree testify that there have been fires in the hollow in 1650 AD, 1750–1780, 1900, 1955 and 1990.[2] Hollows have been turned into pub and wine cellar in 1993 by the owners of Sunland farm[3] and this unusual landmark since then has turned into popular tourist destination.

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  1. ^ Adrian Patrut, Karl F. von Reden, Robert Van Pelt, Diana H. Mayne, Daniel A. Lowy, Dragos Margineanu. "Age determination of large live trees with inner cavities: radiocarbon dating of Platland tree, a giant African baobab". Retrieved 2013-04-14. 
  2. ^ Adrian Patrut, Karl F von Reden, Daniel A Lowy, Diana H Mayne, Robert van Pelt, Ann P McNichol, Mark L Roberts, Dragos Margineanu. "Fire history of a giant African baobab evinced by radiocarbon dating: comparative calibration with Northern vs. Southern hemisphere data sets". Retrieved 2010-01-20. 
  3. ^ Adrian Patrut, Karl F von Reden, Daniel A Lowy, Diana H Mayne, Robert van Pelt, Ann P McNichol, Mark L Roberts, Dragos Margineanu. "The Big Baobab Website". Retrieved 2010-01-20. 

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Coordinates: 23°37′16″S 30°11′52″E / 23.6211°S 30.1977°E / -23.6211; 30.1977