Friday, August 15, 2014

The Big Tree

For my last post in this week's series on the Tsitsikamma I featuring a thing and not an activity.  The Big Tree is probably one of the best known landmarks in the area and a very popular stop for tourists.  An easy 500 meter boardwalk takes visitors to one of the giants of the forest.  I haven't been to the Big Tree for a couple of years and one of the things I noticed while there was that the signs no state that its about 1000 years old.  When I used to guide everything said 800 years so either its aged quite a lot since the road upgrade or they now know something they didn't a couple of years ago.  Anyhow, the Outeniqua Yellowwood (South Africa's national tree) stands almost 40m high and has a girth of around 9m.

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