With arm like branches and pot-bellied trunk, the enormous Baobab is home to birds, animals and reptiles. White-backed Vultures nest in the top most branches while the smaller inhabitants make use of the crevices and folds so iconic about this tree. Elephants rely on the Baobab during times of drought when the tree stores thousands of liters of water in its trunk.
Over in the Kalahari Desert, the Camelthorn cradles a giant nest. Home to a colony of Sociable weavers. The Cape cobra raids the nest but luckily the Weavers are eager breeders. Spiders, lizards and various insects make this tree their home and hunting ground.
Meanwhile, the Outeniqua Yellowwood towers over the thick indigenous forests of the Soutpansberg Mountains, but her wood is much sought-after and her numbers are in decline.
In Rooted, a five-part docuseries showcasing now screening on M-Net (101) Sundays at 16:00, audiences are offered a unique opportunity to delve into the hidden worlds that nestle between the branches of five of Southern Africa’s most iconic trees. A world that is often overlooked, each episode transports viewers into the life surrounding and enabled by The Camelthorn, Sausage Tree, Outeniqua Yellowood, the Boabab and the Namaqua Rock Fig.