There is something truly special about the rain in Africa. At the moment the lowveld (Kruger) area of South Africa is experiencing the worst drought for the last 20-25 years! So at the moment rain is not just special but extraordinary. We hold our breath every single time a system blows over, at the very same time it is easy to hear general chit chat such as "The Mpfula, she's coming". I have even heard bets being placed. However there has mercifully been some instances where the heavens have opened up (and some people have lost or won). The before and after picture above is one of Machaton Dam, one of the largest dams in our area. On this occasion the rain produced a decent 32mm, which you can see from above was more than enough to fill this dam beyond its normal banks. Good news...Great news...But... I had some big plans in place for this dam. I had just the day before stood looking at it going through the processes of creating a plan of action to increase the volume, life and general productivity - we knew time was against us but I never thought it would rain that heavily that night. You see these forms of conservation take loads of planning and lots of machinery as well as man power and so while yes the rain was amazing, its back to the drawing board for next years dry season.
I have made a deal with my general manager and that is that I can naturally attract a somewhat permanent crocodile to this dam within 2 years. A process not as simple as one may think.