As I stepped out of my house a couple of mornings ago I was quite excited to see that it had been raining during the night.
This is not a common occurrence during our dry winter months and it got me thinking about just how different the reserve is looking at the moment compared to a few years ago when we were in the midst of a severe drought. At the moment we are just shy of 600mm of rain for the season, and although that should be the norm for the region it has been a few years since we have actually reached that mark.
As I crossed the still flowing Sand river I thought back to 2016 when the idea of a flowing river was all but a distant memory and there was not a blade of grass visible anywhere you looked. I watched the powerful video that was made to document the transformation that took place when the rains did eventually return and I was blown away by the difference.
It was an interesting yet sad time to explore this reserve during those harsh conditions. It was fascinating to watch how resilient and adaptable animals could be but it was obviously also tragic because there was a strong element of suffering due to the lack of water and food.
As I crossed the river I thought about how happy I was that the drought had eventually passed and how now it was normal to explore a reserve that didn’t look like a desert. The river is still flowing strongly even though we are well into winter, there is plenty of food around and animals look healthy.
With so much happening in the world right now and a lot of people experiencing such great hardship, stress and loss it was a simple reminder to be grateful of things that can sometimes be taken for granted.