Nov 17, 2021 | Book Reviews, Historical


by Jonathan Waters

Why do the two magnificent old baobabs, one on either side of the road at Makuti going towards Kariba, Zimbabwe, share the name “The Wee Wee Tree?”

This superbly presented coffee-table book is a unique and fascinating way of telling history by the trees that witnessed it.  Author Jonathan Waters takes the reader around Zimbabwe, not only highlighting trees, but introducing the reader to what that tree must have witnessed.  Why were those trees planted there and by whom? How old are they? Who sat under them and which wildlife takes the fruit? So many interesting facts and amusing anecdotes are included, alongside wonderful full colour photographs of the trees. There are historic black and white photographs, interesting quotes dating back to the 1800’s, drawings detailing leaf patterns, and a map showing where in Zimbabwe one can find each individual tree. In part a follow-on from the late Lyn Mullin’s ‘Historic Trees of Zimbabwe’, this is a book to read time and again, and to be treasured.

Available in South Africa from AFRICA TALKED E: & SA Media Services, E:  Tel: 0825568780. Retail price R 450.00 per copy plus courier charge.