Von Wiel­ligh’s Baobab

South African Country Life - - Your Letters -

I picked up my COUN­TRY LIFE yes­ter­day and the cover caught my eye as it fea­tured a baobab I know well, in Anita de Villers’ en­joy­able ar­ti­cle Kruger on a Bud­get.

I won­dered if Anita knew any­thing about the his­tor­i­cal back­ground to this par­tic­u­lar tree, which can be found be­tween Oli­fants camp and Letaba on the river road, S44.

The tree is named after the sur­veyor gen­eral, GR Von Weil­ligh of the ZuidAfrikaan­sche Repub­liek, who camped there on 15 July 1890, while sur­vey­ing the bound­ary be­tween Por­tuguese East Africa (Mozam­bique) and what was to be­come the eastern bound­ary of the Kruger Park. The tree is one of at least four his­tor­i­cal baob­abs in the park that are lit­tle known. The tree is not look­ing too good from the at­ten­tion of ele­phant, judg­ing from the pic­ture. No doubt due to the drought.

reached with this post shared sto­ries of your vis­its, while oth­ers in­tend to make a spe­cial trip. Some are even lucky enough to have per­sonal ties to the his­tory of this quaint church tucked away in this leafy cor­ner of the

! church­yard. For the ma­jor­ity, this lit­tle church

" ! ! ! a gen­er­a­tion. What a gem this Old Belvidere is.

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