The Lowveld is a place that has plenty of stunning wildlife, from majestic felines like the Lion, powerful giants like the Elephant, beautiful birds like the African Fish Eagle and mysterious predators like the Crocodile. The Lowveld is also known for a large variety of plantlife and beautiful trees. Trees Decorate the landscape with a variety of different sizes and colours. Trees can be iconic to an area and can provide a very unique feel to an area.
The Baobab is by far South Africa’s most iconic and distinctive tree. The Baobab is known worldwide for its very wide, fleshy trunk and a crown that spreads very widely at the top. There is an African legend that says that a giant child of the gods had once pulled a baobab out of the ground at put it back upside down which defines the root like appearance of the crown. The Baobab can grow up to 25m tall and can live astoundingly long, some being up to 4 000 years old.
Kiaats are beautiful trees that are mainly limited in the Pretoriuskop area, where they grow quite predominantly in the area. Kiaats are rather slow growers and prefer very sandy areas. Elephants love the Kiaat tree. Kiaat trees have a very beautiful and deep colour that is used a lot for wood sculptures that can be seen in the Kruger National Park. Kiaats have iconic roundish pods and beautiful yellow flowers, which bloom in the summer.
The Knob Thorn is the third most common tree in the Kruger Park but also the Lowveld, although they are rarer in the Lowveld. The Knob Thorn is a medium sized tree that has a wide spreading crown, growing up to 16m tall. The Knob thorn is easily recognizable by its Bright yellow flowers that bloom during the summer Months. The Tree’s iconic feature is the knob shaped thorns that are a bit more conspicuous in younger trees. The pods of the Knob Thorn turns black during the winter
The Red Bushwillow is a very unique and beautiful tree and is a staple favourite for browsers. Many animals in the Kruger National Park that browse can mostly be seen near these trees. Red Bushwillow trees are very beautiful and can be seen in a large variety of areas in and around the lowveld. These trees are so beautiful and can decorate an area beautifully. The trees got its name from the reddish colour the leaves turn during the winter months. These trees are very drought resistant and are seen as a main source of food for browsers during droughts. The leaves of a Red Bushwillow are actually mildly poisonous that can cause prolonged hiccupping The Red Bushwillow is the second most popular and common tree in the Kruger National Park as well. The fruits of a Red Bushwillow grow in bunches of small winged clusters that ripen during the late summer months.