Almost a year ago to the day, the floods hit the Timbavati Private Nature Reserve and surrounding areas. When the rains stopped and the rivers subsided, many began to assess the damage caused and started rebuilding roads, bridges, homes and even entire lodges.
A few days ago, on 18 January, the exact same day the floods began the year before, these memories resurfaced with numerous flood warnings being raised followed shortly by heavy rains. Fortunately in the Timbavati, although we received much rainfall and the rivers began flowing, it was not a repeat of the year before.
The riverbed in front of our camp, which is usually dry, has been flowing the last few days much to the excitement of guests and staff alike. Although this affects our access, as we need to cross two riverbeds to get in and out of camp, this hasn’t been too much of a problem as our team has been hard at work to make access possible.
In the gallery below we have included images of the usually dry riverbed and a few showing how it is now flowing.