Lori Zimmer

Grab a Drink Inside a 6,000-Year-Old Baobab Tree at South Africa's Sunland Bar

by , 03/15/14
filed under: Architecture, gallery


green design, eco design, sustainable design, Sunland Baobab Pub, Van heerden Farm, Sunland Farm South Africa, Baobab tree, baobab bar

Also known as the Pub Tree, the unique bar is part of the Sunland Farm near Modjadjiskloof. The massive tree has a circumference of over 108 feet, and its tangle of branches soar to almost 75 feet. The baobab is naturally split into two connected trunk-like pieces, each with cavernous hollows inside that begin to form after a baobab tree reaches one thousand years of age. The two hollows are connected by a passage, which was transformed into the pub back in 1933.

A seemingly natural spot for a cozy bar, the interior has 13-foot ceilings and is lined with wooden benches accommodating up to fifteen patrons. Shelves full of historical knickknacks give visitors a storied narrative of the history of the Pub Tree, which is part of a farm owned by the Van Heerden family—who also have a bed and breakfast on site. Visitors can expect all the regular accoutrements of a small pub, including a dart board which hangs on one of the tree’s interior walls.

The plentiful boughs outside of the little bar also provide ample shade for an outdoor restaurant area, where scores of tables are set for special events and meals. The beautiful tree is claimed to be one of the world’s oldest, and is one of the Limpopo Provinces’ biggest attractions.

+ Sunland Baobab

Via Amusing Planet

Images © South African Tourism

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4 Comments

  1. Mark Redetzke August 27, 2013 at 10:53 pm

    of course it isn’t enough for humans to just marvel at a tree that predates recorded history, no. we have to turn it into a spectacle and make a buck on it.

  2. Leslie Lausch August 27, 2013 at 8:52 pm

    um, no. please don’t grab a fucking drink. @inhabitat can you please follow up on the condition of this ancient and beautiful tree in 5 yrs, 10 yrs and if it is still alive 20 yrs from now. And how much of a TIP it had accrued over that time. Hell, why not do what they did with the redwoods and turn it into a drive through too? 1000′s of years of life and majesty and 100 years of cars driving through its trunk and now it is dead. Goodbye beautiful Baobab and hello cozy little pub for ignorant parasites.

  3. english cheese man english cheese man July 10, 2013 at 7:45 am

    Can we use the metric system on here?

  4. english cheese man english cheese man July 10, 2013 at 7:43 am

    I can’t help but wonder what damage drunk people might do if they’re inside a tree.

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