The Baobab tree is the most typical of Senegal and one of the symbols of the country that appears on official flags and emblems. According to wikipedia, it belongs to the family Andasonia digitata and is also called the bottle tree. Its shape is the most characteristic. They are huge and very irregular, full of knots and gaping holes in their trunks. These holes have multiple legends. One says that here the dead were buried and the hole was covered. Another says that the holes were used as hiding places in times of attack. Several people could fit, it was closed with mud and a little hole was left so the people could breath. The trunk can be more than 40 m in circumference and their average height is about 20 m. Yes, they live an average of 800 years, although there's one that's more than two thousand years old in the country. They are found especially in the interior of the country, where in the rainy season they can be seen in all its splendor, with the green leaves sprouting. It has an edible fruit a bit like melons but tiny. They are worth seeing, especially for the size. You have to stand by the side of one to see how small one can be beside a baobab tree.
The baobabs are one of the symbols of Senegal, considered almost sacred by the inhabitants. Of these, the baobab Joal is the largest. Its huge trunk, and convoluted roots are an amazing picture. Also, you can go inside where there is ample space for you to stand. People tend to congregate around the tree to sell crafts to tourists. To get there you have to go through a beautiful pine grove.