Wednesday, 18 January 2012
Just a quick one, I am stuck in Johannesburg, but from what little information I have received from the Lodge, its been raining...a lot! More than half of our annual average rainfall in the last 24 hours! This has caused all of the rivers to flood, including the Sohebele River in front of camp to a level that hasnt been seen in over a decade! In fact, that river hasnt flowed past camp since 2004/5!!!
This rain is the result of Cyclone Dando that hit the Mozambique coast two days ago; the forecast is for more big rains today, but dying down tomorrow! Over 260mm have already fallen in the area in the last 24 hours, so you can imagine the effect of that much rain!
All of the rivers are flowing insanely strongly, and it will be interesting to see if the dams can withstand the amazing force being put on them!
The telephone lines are down, and i wont be surprised if the internet is down as Hoedspruit is also largely underwater!!!
It is difficult to know exactly what is going on being 500km away, but I will be heading back tomorrow to see all of this for myself (I should be on my way back now, but there is no way to get into the reserve)! There are also understandably no game drives in this rain, so the blog updates will be down for the next few days until the rain stops and the bush dries up!
If you are visiting the lodge in the next few days, please feel free to contact our head office if you need to make enquiries about the situation on 011 463 1990.
While we can never complain about rain, this is just a bit crazy! Going to make for an interesting year ahead, that is for sure!
Until next time, stay dry!