Meet the National Monument of Namibia, the Baobab tree

The best option for accommodation in Tsumeb is Kupferquelle Resort where affordable luxury welcomes you with an extensive choice in stay options ranging from charming chalets to camping sites set in lush greenery with every possible facility you could want.

Conveniently located close to tourist activities in Tsumeb, Kuperquelle Resort is easily accessible from the most fascinating historic and scenic attractions in the area such as the Etosha National Park, Lake Otjikoto, the Tsumeb Museum, Hoba Meteorite, the Arts and Crafts Centre, to name just a few!
A must-see sight in Tsumeb is the famous Baobab tree, a species unique to Namibia.

The Baobab Tree

The baobab tree has a place of pride in African legend and history, as well as daily life. In July 1951, it was declared a national monument. Because of the smooth stem, it is difficult to guess the age of the tree, but according to recent research, a tree with a girth of 30 metres is likely to be more than 4 000 years old.

The Baobab tree near the Kupferquelle Resort is the biggest of its species in Namibia and a unique landmark. It makes a great day trip after you’ve enjoyed your breakfast. The Afrikaans name for the tree, is Kremetart.

Considered one of Africa’s super trees, the baobab can be found near Tsintsabis, roughly 50 kilometres northeast of Tsumeb. No one really knows how the tree started growing here, but it is close to a thousand years old and the nearest other baobab tree is almost 160 km away.

Fondly referred to as the Tree 1063, the famous baobab is 60 kilometres north of Grootfontein on the Maanlig Road on Farm Keibeb.

The tree’s trunk measures 18.5 metres in diameter with branches spreading out to 12 metres. It has a height of 25 metres. The smooth greyish/reddish brown stem looks short and unusually thick and tapers at the top, giving the tree an upside down appearance. The surface of the stem looks fluted with dents and the branches spread far and wide.

Flowering season is October to November when the large flowers start to appear. The petals are waxy and crumpled. The baobab fruit is light and pulpy with plenty of seeds and is a favourite with elephants and primates, who enjoy the leaves and stems.

The seeds, which are dark brown, rather hard and smooth ripen during April and May and these are used in dental treatment. The baobab wood is soft and spongy and because of this, can only be used in producing paper. Many trees are hollow inside and you will find a door cut into the trunk, making it useful as a room. The bulbs at the root of the terminals are used to make porridge.

The tree’s lower bark is used as fibre for cordage, baskets, fishing nets, cloth and mats and also used in tying up huts. It is important for its medicinal use, treating fevers, infections, arrow poison, disinfecting wounds and to relieve toothache. The leaves are specially used to treat insect bites, asthma and coughs. The fruit cures malaria, smallpox and measles. It is also used as food. A red dye is also made from the roots. The baobab ash is used as fertilizer and in making soap. When the fruit pulp is burned, its smoke repels insects.

On average, the tree lives for 1000 to 3000 years since pests don’t attack it. It does not succumb to draught or fire since the trunk is succulent. Interestingly though, the tree hosts many crop insects that attack other trees!

It is an unforgettable experience to see a baobab tree for the first time. After a visit to see this amazing landmark, return to the comfort of our resort and take a dip in the Olympic sized swimming pool. Later, enjoy a leisurely dinner before you finally retire to your luxurious bed to rest before setting out again the next day!

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