Von Wielligh’s Baobab
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.