Baines’ Baobabs are a group of seven giant trees, also known as the seven sisters. Thomas Baines, a British landscape painter, crossed the Kalahari in 1862 and rested under these trees. While doing so, he painted the scenery as a watercolour, which subsequently became quite famous. That is why the trees still bear his name today.

The baobabs rise in the Makgadikgadi salt pans, surrounded by miles of flat, boundless space. At over 27,500 square kilometres, the Makgadikgadi was once one of the largest inland seas in the world. In this desolate landscape, the baobab trees are landmarks.

We drove off-road for more than an hour through the barren salt pan to get there. It was quite adventurous and terribly hot. Fortunately, we were guided by the GPS signal.

Information about taking this photo

  • Camera: Sony a77 II
  • Focal length: 18mm
  • Aperture: ƒ/11
  • Shutter speed: 1/60s
  • ISO: 100
  • Taken: 25 November, 2017

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