It seems no extreme weather event spares Djuma. After the damage to our mast and intended camera tree earlier this year, another spell of extreme weather found us right in the middle.
The cyclone that swept in from the Mozambique channel this week and the incredible rains that it brought have caused widespread devastation in the eastern part of South Africa and Djuma unfortunately received more than its fair share. Fortunately nobody was hurt, but the burst of Gowrie Dam’s wall is a huge loss to lodge guests as well as camera viewers.
As the bad weather subsided we found there was still power at the dam which gave us hope we might be able to bring the camera back on-line soon, but unfortunately this hope was dashed when we spoke to our radio link supplier.
The cam signal is repeated from an antenna on the top of a mountain between Djuma and Hoedspruit, called Mariepskop, and many antennas, including ours, suffered extensive damage. Nothing that can’t be repaired, …were it not for the fact that the road leading up to the mountain has been completely washed away in the storm. With the many road repairs needed across the area this repair is expected to take several weeks and only then can people safely get up the mountain again to start replacing equipment.
So, it looks like the camera will be down for an extended period of time. We are looking for alternatives, but in all honesty must say our chances of finding one are less than 50/50.
We’ll keep you updated here and on our Facebook page, and hope we’ll be able to let you have a look for yourself as soon as possible.