The baobabs of central southern Africa are among the blobbiest trees around – so much so, in fact, that they look like they’ve been flung into the Earth upside down, their branches somehow too spindly for their huge girth.
Their trunks are like sponges, able to expand as they take up water in the rainy season, which attracts elephants. These great creatures are known to rip parts of the tree off in order to get a drink.
Baobabs are widely distributed across southern Africa, particularly in Zimbabwe and around Limpopo in South Africa. Madagascar is another baobab hot spot, particularly around Morondava with its famous Avenue of Baobabs.
If you get a chance, visit a baobab at night. Their flowers bloom then with the scent of slightly sour milk, which causes huge excitement among bats and bush babies, who come to drink the copious nectar and at the same time, spread the baobab’s pollen far and wide.