There’s huge excitement in the normally bone-dry Kalahari, in the Northern Cape, after the Kuruman River started flowing through the area for the first time in more than 40 years.

The last significant flow in the area was in 1976.

Families are enjoying trips to the river:

Locals are making the most of it, bringing their children to witness the rare sight. Some are even lucky enough to catch fish.

“I think it’s something we will remember for a long time. This river does not flow every day, so for the kids and me – it’s quite an experience to see it for the first time,” says resident, Vinkie van der Westhuizen.

The abundance of water in the Kalahari is also a boost to its tourism industry, with visitors streaming to the area.

Recent flooding in the John Taolo Gaetsewe area of the province is responsible for the flow.