We’ll have to split the bill.. the moment the world famous Baobab Bar split
We’ll have to split the bill…. a 1000 year old tree that had a BAR fashioned in its hollow middle has collapsed – after the tree was struck by lightning
The Baobab tree, in Limpopo, South Africa, became a major tourist attraction after owner Heather van Heerden turned it into a bar.
But she was devastated when a recent thunderstorm literally split the bar in two – after striking the tree’s enormous branches.
The baobab tree has been dated back by recent technology to 1100 years and is even believed to be older than the Pyramids.
Heather said: “We squared off a natural vent in the trunk to make a door and had a railway sleeper pub installed inside.
“I heard a thundering crack and I knew what happened.
“The main cause of the tree’s split and collapse is its age and the fact that Baobabs tend to hollow out their trunks as they age.
“We intend to leave the trunk exactly where it fell, it will allow nature to take its course in reshaping it.
Baobabs naturally hollow out their trunks making it the perfect home to the Baobab Bar that many tourist visit throughout the year. Although only a small bar, it has had as many as 60 people inside at one time, for a party held at Sunland Farm.
The bar includes a wine cellar which has natural vents allowing it to maintain a temperature of 22 degrees celsius.
Due to the natural hollowing it can cause large parts of the tree to fall off, in this case the Baobab split right down the side, crashing to the ground.