About 2000 YEARS OLD TREE. BAOBAB IN ZIMBABWE. CYCLING FROM POLAND, EUROPE TO SOUTH AFRICA

by Lucas Vegan June. 05, 2017 410 views

'The Big Tree - one of the best-known trees in the world - is a huge baobab of the species Adansonia digitata in Zimbabwe, close to the Victoria Falls. It has sometimes been called Livingstone's tree erroneously. Unusually for a baobab it has both an impressive girth and is very tall. It measures 22.40 metres in girth (2004) and is 24 metres tall (1985).

The explorer and missionary David Livingstone who discovered the Victoria Falls for the British Empire (naming the Falls for his queen) carved his name in 1855 into a Boabab tree on an island (Garden Island) above the precipice of the well known waterfalls that is now an international tourist attraction.

Big Tree is in fact roughly 2 km from the river, the falls and the island where Livingstone arrived in a 'makoro' dugout canoe made landfall and wrote his records. Apart from being the best known this impressive tree is possibly the oldest and biggest baobab in Zimbabwe. Some as impressive, or more impressive trees were sadly lost under the flooding further downstream that occurred once Kariba Dam wall was finished in 1956. Unlike the animals rescued and saved by Operation Noah during the flooding the trees had to stay where they were, many were bulldozed so they would not become underwater hazards.

Big Tree may be about 2000 yrs old using estimates from its girth and growth ring data collected from other trees under Rhodesian rule. However it is deeply incised and there is speculation that it is three tree trunks ( or trees) and it may be considerably younger.' from https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Big_Tree_at_Victoria_Falls

Welcome to like my travel blog where I will be updating my photos and stories from 6 different bicycle journeys in 2006, 2007-2008, 2009, 2010-2014, 2014-2015 and in 2016 and from the future bicycle long journeys. You can organize me a public live photo screening with my stories :)

In summer 2006 I cycled across Ukraine, Romania, Hungary and Slovakia and crossed many high mountain ranges ;)

In 2007/2008- 14 months travelling by bicycle and hitch-hiking alone across Western Europe and across 4 African countries like Morocco, Western Sahara, Mauritania, Senegal and Gambia.

2009- I have travelled for 4 months. 2 months having cycled from Poland across Ukraine, Moldova, Romania, Bulgaria to Turkey where the truck driver crashed me. I cured myself after the car accident. Then 2 months having hitch-hiked to Greek Lesbos island and across Turkey and Kurdistan.

09.06.2010-19.03.2014 I have cycled for almost 4 years.

I went across Poland-->Belarus-->Ukraine--> Romania-->Bulgaria-->Turkey--> Greece--> Balkan countries (Macedonia- FYROM, Kosovo, Montenegro, Bosnia and Herzegovina, Albania, Croatia and Serbia)--> Cyprus--> Lebanon--> Jordan--> 3 months around Israel and Palestine (West Bank) under occupation by Israel---> 3 months around Egypt (Sinai, all the way down the Nile river and all the Oasis across the desert)---> The North Sudan---> Ethiopia --> Kenya--> Uganda--> Rwanda--> Burundi--> Tanzania--> Zambia--> Zimbabwe--> Botswana--> South Africa--> Swaziland--> Mozambique--> South Africa.

http://steelburgernews.co.za/11445/from-poland-to-cape-town-on-nothing-but-his-bicyle/

July 2014-March 2015Czech Republic, Germany, Switzerland, France to Cataluña and Basque Country along the coast to Portugal and Africa by bicycle for 3rd time and went along the Mediterranean Sea coast of Morocco across Rif and Atlas mountains and Sahara desert to Mauritania, Senegal, Gambia, Casamance, Guinea Bissau.

In autumn 2017 I did Scandinavia.

Soon in June 2017 AROUND THE WORLD BICYCLE JOURNEY across Euroepe, Asia and South America!

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Helen Hooker 2 months, 2 weeks ago

I love old trees like this - the stories they could tell! We have some trees in the forest where I work that are around 1000 years old too.

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Lucas Vegan Replied to Helen Hooker 2 months, 2 weeks ago

Like you write Helen :) The old trees are like a fairy tale but real ;) You must be a a real nature paradise ;) Do you work in any N.P.?

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