The great floods of January 2012 will forever be remembered and spoken about at Londolozi Game Reserve. The sheer volume of water that poured down the Sand River was staggering. Leaving a wake of change in it’s path, this river showed us that humans will never be able to control Mother Nature! I use the word ‘change’ rather then ‘destruction’ because this cycle is natural…a cleansing process and a form of transformation. But change is sometimes hard to take.
The ancient and magnificent Sycamore Fig found on the northern banks of the Sand River, opposite to Londolozi’s Pioneer Camp, is no more. Swept away in the floods there is no evidence that this tree ever existed in the first place. But her memories will live on forever captured in the minds and photographs of the many guests, rangers and trackers who shared wonderful moments under this iconic tree.
but all of that has now changed…
We will all miss this tree but realise that there was nothing we could do to change the outcome. It played a massive role and even featured on the brochure for Londolozi Game Reserve. It takes with it memories of great times but leaves in its space a place for opportunity and regrowth. We are excited to see how the river changes over the seasons and what trees, possibly once hidden in the undergrowth, emerge as icons of beauty and hope.
Written by Adam Bannister