After one of the worst droughts South Africa has seen, everyone was ecstatic about the rains that fell early in 2021. Water levels of the Orange River rose quickly and National parks nearby had large amounts of rain. Cyclone Eloise was the cause for the abundant rain that fell over Mozambique and south-eastern Zimbabwe. This tropical weather system then transitioned into a low-pressure storm that passed over the southern parts of Botswana, which included the Kalahari and the Kgalagadi Transfrontier Park.
Lush green dunes as far as you can see, this image is a stunning representation of how far the green Kalahari stretches. Posted on a Facebook group by Thapz Kgopodithate, this photo was taken on a farm between Askham and Van Zylsrus where it is usually arid – but this year was different.
Blessed with abundant rainfall, a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity for photographers arose to capture the Kalahari in a green bloom.