If you travel in Madagascar, you may from time to time spot trees that look as if they are growing upside-down, with gnarled roots sitting atop a huge, smooth, trunk... wonderful baobab trees.
Avenue of the Baobabs is 40 km far away from Morondava and it’s a wonderful dirty road surrounded by enormous baobab trees up to 800 years old. The trees were not planted on purpose to grow as an avenue, they are the remnants of a far greater baobab forest which existed in the past.
These trees can be 30 meters high. The view is really impressive. With their massive trunks, crooked branches and furry fruit, baobabs have learned how to adapt to a dry and hostile environment – a capacity we may come to envy as the planet starts to heat up. The secret of the baobab’s success in surviving in harsh environments and the reason for its massive trunk is that it has little wood fiber but a large water storage capacity. Each tree can hold up to 300 liters of water, enabling it to live through long periods without rain.
Sometime they are called “roots of the sky” because when the trees are without leaves they look like roots…big trees planted in the ground upside down, with the roots in the sky. in fact one of the stories about their origin appealed to me and goes as follows: when God created the world, he gave the Malagasy people some of the most beautiful trees on Earth, one of them being The Baobab. The devil was so jealous that he turned all the Baobabs upside down so he could enjoy the view from hell. From that day on the Baobabs grew with their roots in the sky.