The first of January came and went like any other day in the bush, but added was the excitement of knowing the seasonal changes ahead, the arrivals of young being born, a bird watcher’s delight, flowers galore and a reminder to take this year slowly, as the last one flew by.Early in the morning I could hear the pitter-patter of raindrops on my galvanized roof. Shortly thereafter my alarm went off and it was time to get the day started. However, this day felt slightly different… there was a cool breeze in the air and a prevalent light rain that was soaking the ground. This was rain that was going to stay for a few days.Three days later, the N’wanetsi River in front of Lebombo Lodge had swelled and was slowly rising. By early afternoon it had spilled over the weir in front of the lodge. Large dead tree stumps along with other debris were now flowing down the river. The N’wanetsi has no origin outside the park, nor a dam within the park, and it is fuelled by catchments. During heavy rains these catchments fill the river and the water gathers filtering through the wet vegetation over the saturated ground, and by the time it reaches the lodge it’s a powerful river flowing south towards Mozambique.