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Trees native to the Kruger National Park

These beautiful native trees can be seen while you are on a Kruger Park Safaris.


Baobabs are deciduous trees that grow to be between 5 and 20 meters tall. The Baobab tree is an interesting tree that can be found in low-lying parts of Africa and Australia. It can develop in immense proportions, and radiocarbon dating suggests they could live for 3,000 years. In Zimbabwe, one historic hollow Baobab tree is so big that it can accommodate upwards to 40 people within its trunk. Baobabs were used as a store, a jail, a home, a storage facility, and a bus stop, among other items. The tree is unmistakably distinct from any other. The trunk is sleek and polished, unlike the bark of other species, and is pinkish grey or occasionally copper in colour.

The expanding branches of a Baobab, once empty, resemble roots reaching up into the air, as though it had been placed upside-down. When they die, they decompose from within and crumble, leaving a pile of fibers, leading many people to believe that they do not really die at all and simply vanish.

Red Bushwillow

This is a tiny, single- or multi-stemmed tree that grows 3-10 meters tall and has a sprawling, erratic canopy. The tree’s large, slender branches drop low to the ground, giving it a willowy look. It thrives in areas with more rainfall. The primary stem’s bark is smooth and varies in colour from grey to dark grey or brownish grey when young, becoming scaly and rough as it ages.

The common leaves are glossy yellow-green, alternative, opposing, or in whorls of three at the edges, with blades that are narrowly to narrowly elliptic, oblong, or broadly obovate, hence the specific epithet; they are alternate, opposite, or in whorls of three at the nodes, with blades that are narrowly to broadly elliptic, oblong, or broadly obovate. The shape of the base is roundish. Young leaves have a sticky texture. Flowers appear in the axils of new shoots, three to four per shoot.

Trees in the Kruger national park


The Jackalberry tree grows to be 80 feet in height with a 16-foot trunk diameter. The standard tree only grows to be 15 to 18 feet tall. The trunks grow straight and tall, with its first growing branches reaching well above ground level. The trunks of bigger, older trees have fluted, flattened ridges running the length of them, which help to support them.

If the tree is small, the bark is dark brown, becoming dark grey as it matures, and has a rugged texture with deep horizontal ridges. Their crown is thick, dark green, and spreads out. The single leaflets are elliptical, measuring up to 5.5 inches long and 3 inches broad, and have seamless or slightly wavy edges.

Older leaves have a shiny, leathery appearance, with a darker green upper surface and a lighter green underneath. Downy hairs protect the young leaves and twigs. Trees do not lose their leaves when they are young, but when they get older, they can drop their leaves in the early spring.


The Knob-thorn is a slow-growing, medium-to-large tree that grows to be between 8 and 20 meters tall. It can be found growing in the woodland grasslands of Southern Africa’s lowlands about as far north as Tanzania, and it can survive in a variety of soil types. This species’ biggest trees are often found on flooded plains. With rising branches creating a rounded umbrella that expands with age, the Knob-thorn has a straight, vertical trunk. The bark is darkened and hardens, developing knobs with tiny black crooked thorns that are spaced several mm apart.

These trees will leave you in awe.

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