Sunday, January 4, 2009

Bar Inside A Tree In Africa

A bar inside the trunk of a Baobab tree has tourists flocking from far and wide just to drink a cold brew in the amazing tavern. It was fashioned inside a massive 72 foot (22 meters) high tree in a garden in Limpopo, South Africa, for thirsty locals.


The amazing Big Baobab Pub, complete with a phone and dartboard, hollowed into a tree.

Grown in the grounds of Sunland Farm, the tree trunk is so wide it takes 40 adults with outstretched arms to encircle its 155 foot (48 meters) circumference. The trunk is hollow, but its walls are still up to 6.5 feet (2 meters) thick.

The tree has its own cellar, with natural ventilation to keep the beer cold.

Carbon-dating has determined the ancient tree to be about 6,000 years old. “This tree is likely to be older than the Giza Pyramids of Egypt.” said Heather van Heerden, owner of Sunland Farm.

“It is phenomenal to have such a magnificent tree in your back garden. It is possibly the biggest living thing on earth.” she adds.

More than 7,000 visitors come from all over the world to see the grandiose Baobab every year and have a drink in its pub, which has 13 foot (4 meter) high ceilings and comfortably seats up to 15 people.

“One year we had a party and squashed 54 people inside, but I wouldn’t recommend that.” said Mrs. van Heerden.

She and her husband Doug came up with the brainchild to set a bar up inside when they found a natural hollow in the Baobabb shortly after they bought the farm in the late 1980’s.

“When Baobabs are more than 1,000 years old, they hollow naturally.” said Mrs. van Heerden.



The pub has surprisingly plenty of space for customers to sit.


While clearing out the hollow centre of the tree trunk, the van Heerdens found historical evidence of Bushmen — indigenous people of the Kalahari desert — who may have once lived in the tree, and artifacts belonging to the Voortrekkers, the Dutch pioneers who travelled through South Africa in the mid-1800’s.

“We found the remains of a Bushmen bed made from rocks, possibly in the 1700’s.” says van Heerden. “We could also gather that a Voortrekker once lived here who repaired ox wagons for the Great Trek because we found tools and wagon pieces.”

The Bushmen of the Kalahari have long had a unique relationship with the peculiar looking tree, which stands leafless for the better part of the year, with its branches resembling a mass of roots pointing upwards to the sky.


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57 Comments:

Anonymous said...

I think that is the coolest tree.

Anonymous said...

6000 years old and you turn it into a bar, I guess it's a tree and won't mind. It probably would have made a decent attraction just as it was.

BTW the largest living thing is a type of fungus which can grow up to a few square kilometers (but you cannot fit beer taps inside)

Adrianomaximix said...

It is just unbelievable... :) just take good care of the tree so it doesn't die :P

Josh said...

"BTW the largest living thing is a type of fungus which can grow up to a few square kilometers (but you cannot fit beer taps inside)"

Obviously another stumbler haha!
Yeah cool tree, hopefully it wont die

Anonymous said...

It's 6,000 years old. It's survived everything in history. I don't think being a bar is going to hurt it.

Anonymous said...

'Shopped. I can tell because some of the pixels don't look right and from having seen quite a few 'shops in my day.

Fraser said...

I'm gonna go there. That's awesome

Anonymous said...

i hate humanity. turning something this amazing into something as banal and trite as a bar. what a worthless species we are.

Anonymous said...

Beautiful tree.....please treat it w/the respect that it deserves. Perhaps it will be around for another 1000 years and people will be looking at your beer artifacts.

Anonymous said...

that is SOO winnie the pooh!

Anonymous said...

Its just a freakin tree you stupid tree huggin hippie. Who cares if they make it bar, they own the tree. The trees you own you can stare at and hump all day. FAG!!!

Anonymous said...

What a sappy story!

delrio@lclark.edu said...

The largest living thing is not actually a fungus "BTW", there is a grove of aspen trees that is the largest living thing because aspen trees grow from the same route system in a grove

Anonymous said...

anon, sorry but you are a waste. the tree was already hollowing out naturally, why not let the folks turn it into a bar. And this doesn't have to do with the largest living thing (which is the lichen), it is about the aged baobab tree, leagues more sweeter than the lichen. Epic fail.

Anonymous said...

I thought the largest living thing was the great reef.

SANDRIMEDA said...

very nice blog

Anonymous said...

Um. It's not photoshopped. I spend most of my time photoshopping things, so I would know. >.>

Why is it that everyone thinks that if something is a little strange it's automatically photoshopped? Strange things can happen in real life too, y'know.

Anonymous said...

How beautiful. And clever! So long as they don't harm it, have fun. I'd love to see it.

Anonymous said...

@ poster 8.....

If you are so ashamed of our species do us a favor and kindly rid our species oh YOU!!! You won't be missed, then we can celebrate the betterment of our species by having a brew, in this wonderful bar.

Anonymous said...

chuck norris is the largest living thing

Adam said...

Dudes chill, its not Photoshopped, and its not cruel..... its Africa, thats how we roll!
We never BUILT a bar here, you know, concrete, cutting down trees for roofing etc... we used a beautiful piece of nature! Africans don't hollow out a tree so they can drink in its trunk, we are patient and wait for it to hollow out by its self.

BTW if you see a Baobab that looks like it had a piece bitten out, its from the Elephant. The Elephant eats the fruit (called Tata) and also scratches itself up against the tree and after a while the tree starts to wear away.

Thats Africa.... soz if you live elsewhere my home ROCKS

Adam

Joseph M. Fasciana said...

I never even hear of this type of tree really it should be named one of the wonders of the world, no doubt this is totally unique.

Anonymous said...

omg josh! i stumble too!!

John. W (Mattress Queen) said...

Woah... that is AMAZING... unbelievable.

Anonymous said...

"Shopped. I can tell because some of the pixels don't look right and from having seen quite a few 'shops in my day."

Yeah this is so obviousy fake

Anonymous said...

this doesn't lead to being "trunk drunk"....does it?

Anonymous said...

Actually, the largest living thing on Earth is my... Nevermind. It's not even true.

TurtleGraphics said...

"turning something this amazing into something as banal and trite as a bar."

yea thats so banal and trite. it would have been way cooler if they turned it into a souvenir shop instead. =p.

Anonymous said...

This is not photoshopped! I saw this on Ripley's Believe It or Not!

Anonymous said...

ripleys is shooped

Li said...

Adam & Co.--
FYI, the whole "this is Photoshopped, I can tell!" thing is a joke. There's no need whatsoever to insist that it wasn't 'shopped, because any retarded monkey with two eyeballs and a thumb to stick up its butt can tell whether it is or not.
You get a Fail for being internet-stupid.

Anonymous said...

that's just brilliant, isn't it? take a 6000 year old tree and turn it into a pub for your amusement??? i hope it falls on your tiny little pea brain.

Leigh D said...

It's not Photoshopped - I've been there

Emily said...

that is really stupid--- that could have been an animal's home that you people just turn in to a tourist attraction cuz u want!!!!
GOD PEOPLE ARE FUCKING STUPID!!!!!!!!!

Anonymous said...

I've was there and they photoshopped me out of it.

robbyc said...

u gotta love stumbleupon, it sows u rhe coolest shit. I mean a bar inside a tree. God i fucking love this tree

Anonymous said...

For the people who are bitching about turning it into a bar. What did you want them to do? It could be an animals home? They run a farm and they don't need termites or bees infesting something near their house, and they obviously care about animals.That and the best way to recycle is to reuse, either they could have built a bar and left this natural wonder for no one to see, not that there are thousands of trees exactly like this one spread around Africa. Oh except those ones don't have bars making people aware of these natural beauties. Anyone seriously upset about them using the tree to let soem people drink once in awhile definitely do far more harmful things to the environment then these people have done.

Dingo! said...

It's idiotic to insult the intelligence of the people who converted it into a bar, because they're making a ton of cash. Obviously a smart move monetarily.

Also, if you're going to call someone "stupid," use correct grammar, spelling, and punctuation you effing hypocrites.

Dingo! said...

Anonymous is shooped.

Anonymous said...

hes ashamed of our species and yet on the internet browsing which has led the the demise of the entire north American population... what a genious

Anonymous said...

really cool

Anonymous said...

well, ya they turned it into a bar, ya Im a little pissed that the thing is 6000 years old and the bar wont last 60, ya, but it is ingenious how they did it, if the tree naturally hollows out, why worry about it dying, when it lasted for 6000 years, I think it will last more! so let them have their bar inside, it wont hurt, the tree may die, but their are a bunch of others, maybe not 6000 years old, maybe less, but maybe 2 times as old! so quit yapping bout it. And yes I stumbled this too.

Mike said...

I'd definitely drink there.

Randy said...

People sure get upset about the stupidest things.

Nice tree.
Nice bar.

Li - Take a chill pill.
You are way cooler and
smarter than the rest
of us.

Anonymous said...

Jeez sometimes I dunno why comments are allowed on blogs. I've been inside this tree (Yes you can touch me but you'll have to get in line). It is real. The tree is naturally hollow and was not harmed in the creation of the bar. In fact the tree is in such good shape it can easily live another 10k years if we don't kill off it's water supply. So all the water drinking hippies please go kill yourselves for the sake of the tree? Oh and the tree is on a holiday farm that can be booked out http://www.bigbaobab.co.za/

Chris said...

I stumbled this as well, and I am amazed that every time I stumble a picture with comments, people take the bait laid out by trolls. There is a place on the internet, its proverbial "arsehole", where people do this sort of thing all the time. It's their joke. They intentionally lay false claims of images being photoshopped, so that they can laugh at the idiots who yell at them.

Please, don't feed the trolls.

On-topic, I think this tree is freaking sweet! I'm so gonna drink there some day!

Anonymous said...

I think that it a cool kind of tree and at has an extra use if you think about it.Birds can still hang around in the tree,humans are one with nature,being in the tree and all. I dont fancy the bar much,never the less its a rad idea.

Alex said...

Yep, its a big tree. handy that it can be turned into a bar once of a certain age too. i saw a big old tree in Oaxaca, mexico called el arbro del Tule. think that was meant to be one of the largest 'biomasses' in the world. but didnt have a pub inside, so for me it is a lesser organism altogether.

Anonymous said...

Everyone who is a wine sipping, tree-hugging,communist, bi-sexual would you relax please. This is one of the coolest bars ever, and it is ingenious in which they went about converting to such. I am actually sick of all the Liberals crying about everything wrong with the environment.

Anonymous said...

I am actually sick of all the Anonymous' crying about everything wrong with the internets.

RikkaShay said...

This tree is awesome :D Not too thrilled about it being a pub, seems kinda below what it ought to be. However, I would definitely go to visit it if given the opportunity :) After I reach drinking age, anyway...

Tree Rights said...

I don't think it's a good idea at all! They could kill the poor tree by nailing all those things on it's insides. Imagine you're really old and some worms are having a good time by opening some kinda sugar syrup galore in your stomach. That tree should be protected!

Anonymous said...

coolness, but I didn't see the cellar or the leprechaun. What about Cinderella could her shoe be in there? How come her shoe didn’t disappear when the clock struck 12 too?

Anonymous said...

Your probably right, after 6000 years of wear and tear some nails are probably going to be the thing to do the tree in.

Anonymous said...

as long as they dont cut down bits of the tree inside it will be fine. its actually not such a bad idea. its very natural

Anonymous said...

i suppose it should be fine as long as they dont carve stuff on the tree or something down.

Anonymous said...

I'm just throwing it out there that if it was something other than a bar it wouldn't attract nearly as many people. Gift shop...museum..? Or...have a cold beer cooled by the TREE while you explore this amazing phenomenon. :)

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