African Oasis

March 19, 2012
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A map of the garden. Image courtesy of Babylonstoren.

Babylonstoren means “Tower of Babel” in Dutch, and the eight acres of gardens at this restored 18th-century Cape Dutch farmstead and hotel in South Africa’s Drakenstein Valley are, like their namesake, both monumental and tantalizingly unfinished. And yet, a walk through the grounds may help visitors do what that skyscraper of legend could not: touch heaven. 

Botanic Superlatives: The Largest Baobab Tree

March 25, 2011
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This bar has no line, no cover charge, and no neon sign. Instead, look for a canopy of gnarled branches, and perhaps a couple baboons. If you can discern the door from the bark, you'll be able to order a couple pints, and grab a seat at a bar carved inside of the world's largest baobab tree, in the Limpopo province of Modjadjiskloof, South Africa. It's also possibly the oldest baobab tree, with an age anywhere from 2,000 to 6,000 years old.