Break-through at the "Figure of Eight"

African Safari Sibuya Game Reserve

Here at SIBUYA 2012 was a long and at times, a difficult year. What with a fire demolishing the kitchen and storeroom at FOREST CAMP and then floods in October which did fairly substantial damage to the river banks, jetties, boats, roads etc, we've been hard at work trying to put all to rights before the extremely busy season started.

The rain was incredible! We had more than our annual rainfall in just 10 days! The visitors at FOREST CAMP were evacuated for their safety and some opted to stay on in RIVER CAMP as they claimed that they'd never had so much fun and adventure in their lives! They spent the day enthralled by the drama of the Kariega River in full 50 year flood! Fortunately the animals were mostly safe...sadly the river banks collapsed where the Barn Owls (Tyto alba) and Spotted Eagle - Owls (Bubo africanus) had their nests in holes, so their young washed away. We thought that the AFRICAN FISH - EAGLE (Haliaeetus vocifer) fledgling had also disappeared but after a couple of days, he was spotted by Chris, who said that apart from being bedraggled by so much rain, he appeared to be quite fine and developing nicely.


Bryan checking the status of the Causeway bridge


One of the many roads washed away | Justin repairing River Camp jetty

An important new topographical feature has appeared on "our" stretch of the Kariega River as a result of the flood... in fact the renown "FIGURE OF EIGHT" - the signature scene on our SIBUYA BROCHURE will never be the same again. This  was partially demolished when the raging torrent broke through at the most vulnerable part of the penninsular and created a new island... thus an OX-BOW LAKE could form here in the future with the silting up of the ends of the U.


Break-through at the "Figure of Eight"



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