When water is life

Sabi Sand | August 2019

Leonardo da Vinci once said, “Water is the driving force of all nature.” Everything needs water to survive and it is essential to every plant and animal on this earth!

As we move deeper into the winter dry months, it becomes more and more of a reality that without water there is no life. Almost every animal here is reliant on water and goes to some sort of water source regularly.

What this does do is often help our game viewing and the consistency of it. Over the next few months most of our game drives are done from water source to water source, and we are extremely fortunate to have as many permanent water sources as we do, and our stunning Sand River frontage which stretches almost 12 km from west to east.

I believe if you don’t find something around the water to begin with its actually worth a bit of patience to see what may come to you – and a little bit of patience can go a long way.

It is also not uncommon to see multiple species at a single water source at this time of year, and it always looking amazing to see a few species together. Lots of prey species use each other and the combination of their senses to their advantage. Quite simply extra eyes or ears is never a bad idea, especially when there is a chance of lions, leopards or cheetah setting up some sort of ambush around water.

Generally, when you talk about this time of year, I think about how harsh it can be, but right now everything is looking extremely healthy for this part of the dry season and our game viewing seems to just be getting better and better by the day. I can’t wait for what the next few months hold if it continues like this!