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James Souchon

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James started his guiding career at the world-renowned Phinda Game Reserve, spending four years learning about and showing guests the wonder of the incredibly rich biodiversity that the Maputaland area of South Africa has to offer. Having always wanted to guide in the ...

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Lovely blog James. I am always grateful when it rain. We were fortunate to get 22mm in June and Monday to Tuesday we had another 22mm in Whiteriver. I do not water my garden often as we still have water restrictions. The lawn is alreary looking greener today. I remember a few droughts that we’vevhad over the years in the Lowveld. The2016 one was quite bad. In Kruger, around Satara there was no grass. Just bare soil. Last year in Botswana they expereinced a very severe drought. Amazingly this year the Okavango flooded early and the Boteti river is full. I have read that we are experiencing a strong La Lina oscilation system that is cooling the oceans and good early spring rain is predicted. Nature is amazing and heal it self if we just give it a chance.

Rain, glorious rain providing life support for all

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Nice article, but really good wild dog puppies

Hi James,
Thank you for this gracious reminder; so beautifully written and captured as photos.

Well said James !

Lovely blog and photos, James. I am so glad that you have already had some rain this winter and that there is no dreadful drought in Londolozi at the moment. It is so sad to see animals and people suffer when there is not enough water.

Magical. We moved to Cape Town from KZN 10 years ago, and still cannot get used to winter rains! But how wonderful when it is unexpected.

James, Great shots a good reminder that Mother Nature is still in charge!

James, I loved all the photos, especially the one of leopard🤗

Since our visits have all been in winter, we have seen firsthand the results of droughts. The current photos are strikingly different.

A great reminder to be grateful for seemly small gifts that have far greater impacts; in this case, sustaining the animals greatly in need of water!

Along with rain comes the smell of the earth that has been revived for a short time .. a time of cleanliness and new

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It’s truly amazing to see the contrast between environmental life in South Africa, verses what is experienced in the U.S. – Absorbing the vivid description of how scarce the rain is and how it is appreciated by All, especially at Londolozi, brings tears of heart warming joy. The miracle of rain, sounds in feeling like an elixir awaking a vast sleeping wonderland upon being brought to life, to be given renewal and hope.
Your experience James, sinks in as feeling abundantly refreshing.

I love a rainy day in Africa, especially in the bush. The clouds are stunning, the vegetation is more vivid and wet animals, save for the big cats, seem happier. A good rain is always welcome.

Just a short note to thank you for application of appreciation. my we miss the bush! Barry

Thanks Barry!

Very interesting, James! What a difference between the “drought” picture and the current bush. Wendy M

Water is life. .. the Nina effect is bringing water all over. The Nino is the opposite – too hot and draught. I am glad you are experiencing such a nice winter! And animals are thriving.

Wonderful to hear that nature is getting a chance to reap the benefits of Covid in more ways than one! I remember many a year growing up in White River where we suffered terrible droughts. Now living in Malta we rely almost entirely on desalination for our water. We had very little rain this winter and the island is parched. A great read thanks James. Wishing you all well 🙏🏻💕

There have also been some impressive rains in Zululand the last two months.

Thank you

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