Water for Wildlife: Eastern Cape 2023

Amidst the severe and prolonged Eastern Cape drought spanning from 2015 to 2023, we initiated a plan to provide surface water for the animals at Nyosi Wildlife Reserve. By drilling boreholes, we successfully created two watering holes to support the wildlife.

In April 2023, our exploration efforts unveiled our first identified site, yielding a remarkable water flow of 3,000 litres per hour. This exciting discovery paved the way for the creation of a new watering hole, strategically located within a natural marsh area to seamlessly integrate with the surrounding ecosystem.

Although our exploration journey encountered a setback at the second site in April 2023, where drilling yielded no water, we remain undeterred. This outcome underscores the severity of the region’s drought, serving as a poignant reminder of the challenges we face.

However, amidst the trials, a beacon of hope emerged with the identification of a third site in May 2023. The exploration of specific underlying geology along the reserve’s eastern boundary proved promising, leading to the drilling of a second borehole in June 2023.

Thanks to these newfound boreholes, we’ve witnessed a transformative impact on wildlife and biodiversity. Two new waterholes now beckon, offering respite to a diverse array of species, from majestic elephants and graceful giraffes to zebras and antelopes. These watering holes also saw the return of waterfowl species absent during the drought.

This is a celebration of the resilience of nature and the triumphs of our collective efforts in revitalizing habitats and nurturing biodiversity in the region.