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Natural Attraction Chapman's Baobab (Fallen Jan 2016)

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Located in Botswana :: Makgadikgadi  :: Gweta
Category: Attraction :: Natural Attraction

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Chapman’s Baobab, one of the three largest trees in Africa and a national monument of Botswana, sadly fell to the ground on 7th January 2016. Chapman’s Baobab is thought to be over 1 000 years old and was first documented by explorer James Chapman when he travelled with Thomas Baines to the area. It measures 25 metres in circumference with six main trunks, but thanks to its new 7th trunk it is sometimes known locally as the ‘Seven Sisters’.
The tree was said to be the campsite of early explorers like Livingstone and Selous when they pioneered the area. It was visited by many a tourist and was originally even used as a landmark for travellers.
It was at first not clear what caused Chapman’s to fall and a team of botanists and archaeologists tried to establish the cause and extent of the damage. There was hope that the tree might be restored if it was still alive.

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Address :  Makgadikgadi, Botswana

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