Birds in baobab trees

Birds in baobab trees

Photographer Vanessa Bristow has wonderfully captured these different birds perched in baobab trees in Zimbabwe.  Featured here are a Marabou Stork, an owl and a pair of Bennett’s woodpeckers busily pecking away (the female below the male). As Vanessa says of her photographs: ‘They are in humble tribute to a mighty tree! Baobab’s provide shade in summer, beautiful […]

The seasons of baobab trees

The seasons of baobab trees

Here, talented photographer Vanessa Bristow shares some of her photographs of Baobabs taken at Sentinel Ranch in Zimbabwe.  We’ll be featuring more of her stunning photographs during the week.

budding baobabs

budding baobabs

Spring has arrived in the Limpopo with budding baobabs!  The baobab trees which have been bare for most of the year are bursting into bud and leaf.  The round buds which look like fruit are actually flower buds.  They will still grow to three times that size over the next month before they are ready […]

A New Miss Earth

A New Miss Earth

A BIG congratulations to Ilse Saunders – the new Miss Earth and to runners-up Steffani Alexander, Michillay Brown and Roxanne Watson.  It was wonderful to share this event with you and the amazingly talented and dynamic Miss Earth team yesterday.  Your energetic leadership towards creating a better society and future is a real inspiration and we look forward […]

Miss Earth SA 2014 finalists meet the Baobab

Miss Earth SA 2014 finalists meet the Baobab

Yesterday the Miss Earth SA 2014 finalists met the Baobab. Sarah Venter gave them a talk on the baobab tree and EcoProducts and came away completely charmed and delighted by this impressive group of committed down-to-earth eco-princesses. Here are finalists Steffani Alexander & Roxanne Watson with baobab oil and other pics taken from the session.  And today is […]

Miss Earth & EcoProducts

Miss Earth & EcoProducts

We're excited to be part of the run up to the selection of the new Miss Earth SA on Thursday this week. Tomorrow, Sarah will be meeting the finalists to train them on all things baobab and on Thursday will be attending the event where the new Miss Earth SA will be announced.  In their recent press […]

Miss Earth SA and EcoProducts – Green Queens all!

Miss Earth SA and EcoProducts – Green Queens all!

We're so excited about our collaboration with Miss Earth SA!  There's so much synergy between our two organisations and we're thrilled that they are endorsing EcoProducts Baobab oil.  We love their combination of beauty and eco-savvy as well as their amazing leadership program which serves to encourage and empower young women into leadership positions as nurturing stewards of our beautiful earth. […]

The Art of Baobab

The Art of Baobab

Do you recognise this painting?  Find out how the Baobab has inspired other crafters, artists and photographers. Visit our Baobab Inspiration Pinterest page here: http://www.pinterest.com/ecoproductsza/baobab-inspiration-art-craft-photography/  

Miss Earth: empowering women, nurturing the earth

Miss Earth: empowering women, nurturing the earth

It's a powerful and magical combination – beauty and leadership – and this is what sisters Catherine and Ella Bella Constantinides set out to achieve with Miss Earth SA.  So much more than a beauty pageant, Miss Earth SA is a leadership program for young women, empowering them to take responsibility, be accountable and make a stand for sustainable stewardship […]

RAIN comes to the Limpopo

RAIN comes to the Limpopo

We were delighted to host Bev Missing from RAIN last week. Her wonderful shops stock exquisite handmade bath, body and homeware products using natural ingredients with African origins. One of those ingredients is Baobab oil and we'll be featuring some of those products in future posts. Bev came to see the source of the baobab oil that […]

Vibrant African Markets in Baobab Country

Vibrant African Markets in Baobab Country

As always in West Africa, people usually dress in vibrant colors, especially the women. It’s a beautiful sight to see. Around Boukombé, the markets are the most animated during the dry season. People are not otherwise occupied with agricultural labor, and harvests are in, so there is plenty to buy. The temperature that time of […]

Baobab pods in Germany!

Baobab pods in Germany!

Polished and decorated baobab pods found in Germany! Seen at a stand selling exotic seeds, dried flowers and pods from around the world at the Kornelimunster Historische Jahrmarkt in Aachen. What a surprise!

Kubu Island, Makgadikgadi Pan: where rock, salt and baobabs meet

Kubu Island, Makgadikgadi Pan: where rock, salt and baobabs meet

In the 16 000 sq km of  Makgadikgadi Pan (Botswana) lies an isolated dry granite rock island 10 metres high, forming a roughly 1km long crescent shape called Kubu Island. The entire island is a national monument, and is considered a sacred site by the indigenous people of the area.  The almost white rocks (covered in fossilised guano) share space […]

Beautiful Baobabs: one of the oldest living things in the world

Beautiful Baobabs: one of the oldest living things in the world

it's on the New York Best Seller List and has been described as a "Beautiful and powerful work at the intersection of fine art, science, and philosophy, spanning seven continents and exploring issues of deep time, permanence and impermanence, and the interconnectedness of life, Rachel Sussman has written a wonderful book "The Oldest Living Things in […]

Measuring Baobab girth

Measuring Baobab girth

It feels a bit like when you mark off the height of your children on the doorpost, but every year in May Diana Mayne, a baobab colleague, and I visit Skelmwater Baobab research plot to do annual growth measurements. This research plot was started in 1931 to measure the annual diameter growth of baobabs. This year was […]

Waiting for the baobab fruit to drop

Waiting for the baobab fruit to drop

The area has had lovely late rains, but this has affected our normal fruit harvesting time.  Normally all the fruit would have fallen to the ground by now and been picked up by our harvesters, but this year more than half of them are still on the trees.  So we are waiting for the fruit […]

2014 Jun: Coppicing Baobabs

2014 Jun: Coppicing Baobabs

When baobabs are still young they are vulnerable to damage.  This young baobab was damaged at the base, but it was helped to survive by coppicing (sprouting).  After a few years most of the coppice shoots die but two or three remain leaving the tree to develop into a multistemed tree which you can clearly see in […]

2014 Jun: Baobablets Abound!

2014 Jun: Baobablets Abound!

I went to visit Blessing to see how her seedlings are getting on.  Blessing’s seedlings are looking lovely.  They were planted in Feburary this year just after a community training workshop on how to grow baobabs.  Soon the seedlings will lose their leaves for the winter and look like sticks and then in the spring […]

Miracle Tree!

Miracle Tree!

A few years ago I was called by a local farmer to see some baobabs that were very ill and dying.  There was a group of four baobabs, some of them were still standing and others had already collapsed in to a heap of fibre.  This tree was still standing, but was hot and ‘sweaty’ with […]

Which side of the tree are you on?

Which side of the tree are you on?

Which side of the fence, I mean tree, are you on? Baobabs make fantastic poster boards and on a recent field trip I photographed this tree.  On the one side is a poster of Jacob Zuma (ANC) and on the other side is Julius Malema (EFF).  Tough Choice! 

Ecotrade empowers many women…

Ecotrade empowers many women…

…and Annah Mendela is just one of them. After being inspired by previous films made in collaboration with PhytoTrade and EcoProducts, Greg Cameron has created this warm and sensitve portrait of Annah, showing how by collecting baobab fruit for EcoProducts, she has been able to turn her life around.  A short 2.5 minute film that's so beautifully made it will stay with […]

How baobab’s heal themselves…

How baobab’s heal themselves…

Recently, friend and baobab fan Shona sent through this delightful photo taken near Xigera Reserve, Okavango Delta in April this year.  It shows their guide pointing out elephant damage to a baobab tree.  It’s old elephant damage and you can see in the picture how the wound has healed over with new bark.  It’s quite wonderful how baobabs manage to […]

Baobab Galerie: a unique shop

Baobab Galerie: a unique shop

Baobab Galerie is a unique decor and gift shop in Port Edward, KZN selling an exquisite handmade range of products made of natural fibres such as sisal, raffia, different varieties of reeds and grasses as well as recycled recycled paper and metal.  Alexandre and Michel who own the shop have long been interested in Baobabs, even growing baobab trees, […]