The last few days have teased us with promise of rain. Yesterday evening we watched and listened as lightning struck all around us, creating great squiggles of light in the sky as the thunder echoed across above the trees. We saw the storm pass by en route to drop its life-giving rain over Selinda. We then watched as it turned and headed towards us. The strong winds brought the lightning and thunder ever closer and blew out our lanterns! Then, a few tiny drops fell and it moved off again, carried away by the winds. We thought it was all over. Then, as we were all drifting off into a quiet slumber, the thunder rumbled, the leaves twitched then danced as the wind picked up strength and bursts of light sliced through the slits in the curtains. We lay silent, thoughtful and reflective, breathing deeply to take in the fresh smell of our first rains. The morning brought a fresh appearance to our new camp and the rain gauge read 6mm. So, officially, Zibadianja has been blessed with her first rains.
While we're talking about the elements, great news is that Zibadianja Camp has begun to harness the sun for its energy requirements - and in fact as from the 30th of October 2008 has gone totally solar!
It is probably the first premier quality camp in Africa to convert totally to solar power to generate all the camp's 220V electricity demands including the running of ice machines, deep freezers, cold rooms and a number of other energy-hungry appliances that are essential to run a Premier quality operation. Currently, electricity consumed by the camp at night is fully replenished by the solar farm by 3pm the following day - even though some of the days have been a little cloudy, so there is ample energy in reserve.
Not only will our guests be able to reap true peace and quiet now that the generator has been decommissioned but generators of this type push out over 550kg of carbon dioxide an hour so Zibadianja's carbon footprint has been hugely reduced. An excellent example for others to follow.