Today was a day of record breakers. First up was the Hoba meterorite just outside Grootfontein. This was discovered by a farmer in 1921 when he noticed something metallic looking protruding from the ground. It turned out to be a 60 ton lump of near pure iron & nickel, making it both the largest and heaviest meteorite ever discovered. Since then people have chipped and carved away at it but its record status seems safe for the moment.
Next, was a living record breaker – the world’s largest baobab tree. The area just outside Tsumkwe, not far from the Botswana border, is home to some behemoth specimens of this most portly of trees. At this late stage in the dry season they are not looking their best, with only a few wizened leaves left on them. But their scale is still impressive – the largest a whooping 30m around its base.