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Category: General
Posted by: Pippa
A further update: The elephant cow has been found and she has now been investigated. It was determined that she is very old, so old that her teeth are too worn for her to masticate her food properly and thus a bolus of un-chewed food is blocking her alimentary canal, i.e. She is constipated, in pain and at the end of her natural life. She will be euthanized once she is on her own. Her calf of three years old is no longer suckling and has been seen within the breeding herd.
May she rest in peace.
Category: General
Posted by: Graham
It is obscenely over due that we as a populace take time to reflect and learn the lessons layed on the table by the age old masters, such as this man Chief Seattle. Maybe at this stage of our journey do we have the intelligence to really undertand the lesson.
The famous speech given to the then powers that be, yet his words seem to demonstrate more pertinence and power with each passing year. Are we receptive enough to really learn???
I have my doubts

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Category: General
Posted by: Pippa
I just want to add the following: several of our accusers, and now in media reports, claim that we have been watching this elephant suffering for weeks. This is just not true. The first time the elephant cow was noticed to be in distress was on the afternoon of 21 September – do remember that all of this is recorded and archived (accessible to all on the internet). Some of the regular audience then looked back in the archive noticed that there was an elephant cow on the 3rd of September that was rocking and crossing her legs, it was then thought that she was experiencing discomfort, possibly because she was due to give birth. It is only after the 21st of September that it was thought that the previously recorded cow was the same as the one being filmed then. At first all were hoping to witness an elephant birth. When this did not happen by a few days later, i.e. towards the end of last week, it became apparent the she was either not giving birth and suffering from something else, or that the birth process had gone wrong. That means that by Monday the 28th, when all and sundry started their accusations, it was for but a weekend that we had known she was in true distress, rather than merely experiencing a long birth.
Category: General
Posted by: Pippa
I am shocked and amazed at the vitriolic attacks upon my person and organization. People took it upon themselves to vilify and threaten me with all manner of legal and other actions...

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28/09/09: NEW CLAN MEMBERS

Category: Game Drives
Posted by: Graham
Glad to announce the arrival of new killers

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Category: Game Drives
Posted by: Graham
Once again Mvula proves himself as a non performer

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Category: Our African Way
Posted by: Pippa
....There were also other valuable experiences, less pleasurable. Detail tends to become blurred, but I clearly remember one occasion, some distance from Xunaraxa, when the camp’s game-drive vehicle was rolled....

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22/09/09: ELEPHANT GENIUS

Category: General
Posted by: Graham
If you could take, beauty, wisdom and aptitude, give it a face and present it to the world, once all the facets of these categories have been weighed and analyzed, then surely this is the most suitable face.

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18/09/09: The Mating Game

Category: Game Drives
Posted by: Graham
A male Leopard's prerogative to just say no.

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Category: Our African Way
Posted by: Pippa
... which will be issued here on the Djuma Weblog every two weeks. You the reader are most welcome to post feedback as the story progresses.
The writings that follow evolved from years of telling stories to guests that passed through Djuma Game Reserve’s lodges. Many years later the stories made their way onto pages so that our children would have a record of what was keeping their parents busy for all those years. The Djuma Story, or “Our African Way” starts many years before Djuma itself was created, but there were several indications early on that Jurie and I were to create an entity that would develop into something far beyond our expectations.
Some of the chapters are lengthy and will be split up over a couple of editions. I will be adding photos as I go along, and welcome responses and perhaps recollections and reflections of your own, by posting comments in the comment section below.
Philippa Moolman

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Posted by: Graham
Photography of Djuma By Graham

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One of the perks of being the longest standing guide in the Sabi Sands is the many, amazing photographic oportunities. The fun is getting the camera to do what it is supposed to, at the right time.
Should anyone want to aquire the rights to use any of the shots please feel free to contact me...

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10/09/09: Life at Bush Lodge

Category: General
Posted by: kim82
The bush Lodge team would like to welcome our newest adition to our family. Chloe is our new student who will be spending three months with us. She is from Reunion Island and is learning to speak English alot quicker then she thought, she is also a great help when chatting to French guests. we hope that she has a wonderful stay at Bush Lodge and that she takes with her many fond memories of both Africa and Djuma.
Category: General
Posted by: Graham
It is that time of year again when you begin to listen for the break in the monotony of the dawn chorus, signalling the arrival of the migrant birds.

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Category: Game Drives
Posted by: Graham
During the dry season the north, eastern section of Djuma's driving area offers up some interesting encounters.

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Category: General
Posted by: Charmian
Djuma's make over - a splendid transformation!

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