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Camera news

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.

19 Responses to Camera news

  1. Sally Wehner January 21, 2012 at 8:58 am #

    Thank you for the information. Be safe.

  2. Bbe Richmond January 21, 2012 at 9:15 am #

    Thank you for updating the situation. Please look after yourselves and your staff. Hopefully you have sufficient supplies. You and all the areas affected by the rains, flooding and resulting damage are in my thoughts and prayers. Hopefully most of the animals and new borns were able to reach higher ground?

  3. Doris Charles January 21, 2012 at 10:10 am #

    Thank you for the update on the camera, the cyclone has caused lots of problems around i am so sorry of this, there is no point going to the cam till it safe to be repaired and more updates for viewing please take care on the mountain.

  4. Patricia Barr January 21, 2012 at 10:36 am #

    Thank you for keeping us updated. I am so sorry for the devastation you have had. My thoughts and prayers go out to all and especially all the animals. I will be anxiously awaiting for more news or for the cam to be back up and working.

  5. dorothy phillips January 21, 2012 at 1:01 pm #

    Thank you for keeping us posted. Difficult to imagine all that you are suffering there. We hope the light will shine through soon for all of you. Take care and hold on.

  6. Kinty January 21, 2012 at 2:39 pm #

    Really do appreciate the updates you are sending. Unfortunately no one can change what the weather decides to give us, we just have to be patient and it is good news that it can eventually be repaired. Thank you.

  7. Joan Bloodgood(big cat or retired jb) January 21, 2012 at 3:23 pm #

    My thoughts and prayers are with you…Just try to remember, that something good always comes out of something bad. Hopefully it will reveal itself soon to lift your spirits. Be safe…Joan

  8. Debra January 21, 2012 at 3:49 pm #

    Thanks so much for keeping us updated. The camera can wait, the important thing is that you are safe.

  9. Red Robin January 21, 2012 at 3:53 pm #

    Thank you so much for the update. You know that we think of you all so often. It’s the not knowing that’s hard. Thank you for thinking of us so far away while your clean-up operation must be so hard and challenging. We are with you in spirit and know that all will right itself soon. We miss you and are glad you are all well. Take care.

  10. Marjorie January 21, 2012 at 4:44 pm #

    My first thought was that we all share your sorrow at the devastation all around you. What’s important is taking care of the people and the infrastructure so necessary for them. Once that happens, we will all rejoice when the camera comes back online but believe me, we all understand where your first priorities should be.

  11. Wayne Brown January 21, 2012 at 5:21 pm #

    Since we live in New Orleans,Louisiana we totally understand what devistation a Hurricane can bring. Wishing the staff the best in recoving and rebuilding a wonderful Safari Camp we visited in 2007. Give our best to Morris and Patrick.
    Wayne and Betty Brown

  12. Flo January 21, 2012 at 7:03 pm #

    Checking every day for updated news.. Miss you very much.
    Thanks for the updates. Be safe and hurry back!

  13. Helen J January 21, 2012 at 7:10 pm #

    Sorry to hear of so much damage. We will all miss the cameras, but essential needs must come first. Hope you will find time occasionally to post a few photos on FB or the blog, but if not we will still be here waiting. So long as everyone is well and uninjured that is the main thing.

  14. Lyn January 21, 2012 at 7:17 pm #

    Thanks for taking the time to update us. Service roads generally are the last to be funded so I understand the difficulty. Just so pleased that everyone is okay!! You have fixed the dam before and it can be done again in time. In the meantime the animals will not need the dam as I bet there is still water EVERYWHERE!!! It will take a while to disappear. Do yolu know how the other three dams on Djuma fared? Buffelshoek dam, Treehouse dam and Twin dams ? I imagine that there was a rush of water into all three as they are on drainage lines.

  15. jody morrison January 21, 2012 at 8:48 pm #

    Thanks for the update; I know that with so much to do, it’s not easy to find time to be on the computer. WE are all thinking of you and I know most of us wish we could be there in person to help out. Since I, at least, can’t, I can send you my prayers and blessings. Not to worry about the cam, you will get it going again when you can…. we all know that. Hang in there and stay safe.

  16. Birdsie January 21, 2012 at 10:46 pm #

    So sad–for you–and for us–but much more for you. What an amazing storm that was! So glad to hear everyone is okay. I will keep imagining bulldozers pushing dirt to repair the Gowrie dam–hoping it can be fixed for you and the animals! ♥

  17. Mary Jozwiak January 22, 2012 at 2:59 am #

    Thank you for the update on the status of the camera and of how you all are doing. I’m sorry to hear that the damage in the area is so extensive and I hope you will at least be able to be back in business at the lodge soon. That was a very destructive storm and a lot needs to be done before we can expect the camera to be back in working order. I hope the dam wall will be able to be repaired too! Keeping you all in my prayers. Glad that no one was injured during the storm!

  18. BETZ January 22, 2012 at 3:21 pm #


  19. Sheelah January 24, 2012 at 7:34 pm #

    Our thoughts are with everyone. Trust all the precious animals are safe. Thank you for keeping us informed and hope all the repair work goes ahead smoothly.

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