The rains came and came down some more! The heavens literally opened! We had our entire usual yearly rainfall and more over a couple of days!
SIBUYA was literally flooded in places and various routes were impassible. The Causeway Bridge over the Kariega River, giving access from the river plain to the higher plateau, partially washed away in the flood. Our neighbouring reserve literally “lost” their hippo downriver as their barrier fence washed away! Tyrone, who was taking the early morning game drive at SIBUYA, thought he was hallucinating when he spotted a BLOAT (collective noun for hippos!) of three hippos grazing a bit self-consciously on the bank near River Camp, well within the boundaries of SIBUYA! The hippo, no longer restricted by the fence, had literally gone exploring and ended up several kilometres downstream. Needless to say, it was an enormous adventure and a great deal of luck to get them back to their home ground again.
Moving around Sibuya in a quagmire was a challenge and a logistical trial for a while... great excitement and adventure for guests though. The most breathtaking event was when a game drive vehicle got well and truly stuck in Lion Camp! They had to wait to be rescued and towed out of the thick viscous mud by Justin with his winch and his trusty Land Cruiser!
Numerous water birds that came in from far and wide were not disappointed and are still enjoying the abundant supply of food... Spoonbills, Whitefaced and South Africa Shelducks Ducks, Teals, Kingfishers, Darters and Cormorants, to name but a few enjoying the bounty!