Acacia Tree of Africa

A quintessential African image, an Acacia tree spreading its branches on the African Serengeti.

Acacia trees are found in warm-temperate regions throughout the world.

There are around 1300 known species of Acacia, most of these being native to Australia, around 960 Acacia


Though Australia harbors the majority of Acacia tree varieties, Africa is well known for the Acacia tree.

The horizontal branching posture of the Acacia tree on the African Serengeti is a popular photographic subject

and enjoyable to look at.

Acacia xanthophloea

This Acacia xanthophloea growing in Lake Nakuru National Park in the Rift Valley of Kenya is roughly as tall as it is wide.

Known as the Fever tree, a name derived from this Acacia species perceived connection to malarial fever.

This connection results from the tendency of Acacia xanthophloea to grow in wet, swampy areas, also the home of malaria carrying mosquitoes. Before mosquitoes were determined to transmit malaria, people

believed this tree and the yellow powder on its bark that can be seen to float in the air as small powdery clouds played a role in the contraction of the malaria fever and so it was known as the Fever tree.

Acacia and Animals

Zebra, giraffes, and wildebeests like the Acacia too.

Acacia trees play a part in the giraffe's diet.

A trio of cheetahs atop a termite hill, below an Acacia tree with an eye out for lunch, a vulture waits overhead to clean up.

Yellow grass, green Acacia leaves, blue sky and Blue Wildebeest in this nice panorama.

This picture was taken in the South African grasslands.

It might surprise you to see a pair of Acacia among the desert dunes.

Acacia Trees and Sunsets

The Acacia tree and sunsets go together well, very well.

Glowing sunset and monochromatic hills behind the Acacia tree.

Acacia tortilis, the "Umbrella tree" provides a great foreground for the setting sun in Serengeti National Park in Tanzania.

Another Acacia in Serengeti National Park bearing witness to a soft orange sunset.

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