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New Beginnings

Dear Djuma Fans and new readers 

This will be my first official blog for Djuma. So hope it will be enjoyed by all the readers.

A lot has been happening at Djuma Private Game Reserve. To name a few, we have been upgrading buildings for Galago, building a pool overlooking the waterhole and putting up fences. So everybody that work at Djuma is very busy and looking forward to the reopening of Vuyatela as a Premium Self Catering Camp on 1 March 2012.

On a different note, I woke up this morning and though we had a small tornado that came through the camp, but soon realized we had a breading

herd of elephants that past through.


Sighting from Taxon this morning. All the Elephants seen in these pictures where relativly close by the lodge. According to Taxon there was almost 30 elephants! 

Other wonderful news is that we have been seeing a lot of the wild dogs over the past couple of weeks.  To follow is a few pictures.

Wild Dogs seen by the Gowrie Gate on Vuyatela Access. Three adult wild dogs were spotted by ranger Taxon

 So saving the best for last:) Our guests from Galago Camp had the opportunity to see three lionesses with a Zebra kill on Arathusa Airstrip. Think they are very pleased with how the morning turned out.


One of the lionesses from the Zebra kill this morning.

I hope you have enjoyed this short blog and that the picture quality is not to bad. Special thanks to Taxon for providing photos from his game drive this morning.

Kind Regards

Jaco Wentzel

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36 Responses to New Beginnings

  1. Dee February 10, 2012 at 11:53 am #

    Loved your blog and pictures. Thanks

  2. Julyia February 10, 2012 at 11:54 am #

    It is so nice to hear things are progressing at Djuma, and the pictures of the sightings are wonderful and very much appreciated. Thank you so much for keeping us updated!

  3. Ruth C February 10, 2012 at 12:09 pm #

    Thank you so much Jaco. The update and photos are very much appreciated. Will look forward to the next one and many more in the future.

  4. sara de maine kearns February 10, 2012 at 12:24 pm #

    Thank you for the updates, good luck with the new look for Djuma and give Karula my love x

  5. liz February 10, 2012 at 12:38 pm #

    Great 1st effort Jaco. it was nice to know how things are going and the updates at Djuma. Thanks for the photos, its great to see the animals I have missed so much.

  6. Red Robin February 10, 2012 at 12:41 pm #

    Thank you Jaco. Nice blog and wonderful pictures. Thanks for keeping us updated on all things Djuma! Have a great day. Diane

  7. dorothy phillips February 10, 2012 at 12:42 pm #

    Surprised and pleased this morning to wake up to wonderful pictures and update on progress there in such a special place.. Keeps us close and feeling a part of this that is so far away. Thank you for all the time and efforts – looking forward to all that is to come. Our very best to all of you.

  8. Liv Haasper [ Firelfy] February 10, 2012 at 1:10 pm #

    Thanks for the update. Wishing you all the best.

  9. Rosie February 10, 2012 at 2:08 pm #

    Thanks for the blog Jaco, sounds as if all is going well there. Which lionesses were they ? Tsalala ?

  10. Sal-Lee February 10, 2012 at 2:17 pm #

    Loved this blog, and happy you are starting them. Looks like everyone is very busy there rebuilding. Will the dam wall be repaired too? I heard it has very little water in it now. Sad after all that rain that it was all lost. Thanks for all the photos too. Keep up the good work, and letting us know how all the animals are doing.

  11. Christine Parker February 10, 2012 at 2:17 pm #

    Thanks for the update and new pictures looking forward to more.

  12. Dianne February 10, 2012 at 2:19 pm #

    Jaco, your first blog report is excellent. You covered several interesting areas, and the pictures are very good. Thank you. It is good to hear about Djuma and Vuyatela.

  13. Shemomo February 10, 2012 at 3:32 pm #

    What a nice surprise to wake up to! Thanks so much Jaco… lovely to have an update, and the pictures are lovely!

  14. Mudjie February 10, 2012 at 3:58 pm #

    We sure do miss our twice daily dose of Djuma..
    Thank you for your wonderful updates..We love hearing about what is going on at Djuma.
    WOW 30 ellies what a sight it must have been!
    Thank you for all you do.

  15. Debra February 10, 2012 at 4:00 pm #

    Enjoyed your blog Jaco! Djuma has such a special place in my heart. Thanks!!!

  16. Lang Thompson February 10, 2012 at 4:03 pm #

    Thanks for the update on Djuma. I’m glad to see the pictures of the animals. Great job on the blog.

  17. Judy February 10, 2012 at 4:12 pm #

    Many thanks for the update and love the photographs. It is great to hear what is going on at Djuma.

  18. Jen MN February 10, 2012 at 4:37 pm #

    Thank you Jaco for the informative blog and good pictures. Looking forward to your next post!

  19. Vicky February 10, 2012 at 4:48 pm #

    Bravo Jaco. Great 1st blog, and fabulous photos from Taxon. Hopefully this will become at least a weekly thing. We’ve been missing the wonderful creatures at Djuma. Let’s find Karula and the cubs next!

  20. Marjorie February 10, 2012 at 5:05 pm #

    Welcome to the blog–sphere, Jaco. A great job and fabulous pictures.

  21. ChevyJR February 10, 2012 at 5:39 pm #

    thankx for the info and pictures. hoping all is going as planned , miss the safari!

  22. deb herring February 10, 2012 at 5:41 pm #

    Thank you, Jaco! WE greatly appreciate you taking the time to do this!

  23. Beastfan February 10, 2012 at 6:39 pm #

    Thank you, Jaco! Do great to know that all is progressing along nicely at our Djuma! Keep up the blog! 🙂

  24. Elin February 10, 2012 at 6:43 pm #

    Thanks so much, Jaco. We really appreciate that you will be doing blogs because as you know, so many of us are “needing” to hear about the area and the sightings. Since the drives ended, it’s been very hard for so many of us not seeing or knowing about the wildlife and how they are doing. Hope you find and get pics of Karula & cubs in the future.

    GREAT job on your first blog and I look forward to more.

  25. Agnes February 10, 2012 at 9:04 pm #

    I look forward to the continuation.

  26. Birdsie February 10, 2012 at 9:10 pm #

    Great posting, Jaco–thank you so much for the updates! ♥

  27. Paul_B February 10, 2012 at 9:57 pm #

    Thanks Jaco, nice post. My family had such a great time at Vuyatela in early December. The staff was so friendly and helpful. Truly a family vacation we will never forget. I still cannot believe how beautiful the animals are in their natural habitat. Keep up the good work.
    Thanks again

  28. Doris Charles February 10, 2012 at 10:10 pm #

    Thank you Jaco superb and very interesting blog photos are super, keep up the good work.
    Doris Charles

  29. Penny Corcoran February 11, 2012 at 1:10 am #

    Thank you so much for keeping us up to date. If we can’t have a drive, at least we know what is happening to our favorite animals and lodges. The pictures were wonderful.

  30. Linda B February 11, 2012 at 3:12 am #

    Thank’s Jaco …. Love the pic’s and hearing about the going’s on at Djuma …. Miss you all 🙁

  31. Bbe Richmond February 11, 2012 at 3:34 am #

    Jaco, many thnaks for the great photos and keeping us current. I am missing the drives, the leopards, lions and the elephant sightings.
    Many thnaks to all associated with Djuma Lodges.

  32. Carol Yonts February 11, 2012 at 3:53 am #

    Thank you Taxon and Jaco. Love the pics!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

  33. Randy Gilson February 11, 2012 at 10:04 pm #

    Nice update and pics Jaco!

    Randy in Iowa

  34. Virginia February 13, 2012 at 4:37 am #

    Thank you for the update Jaco. You must know how very attache we have become to our favorite Djuma animals!

  35. ViCster February 13, 2012 at 4:20 pm #

    Thank you so much for updating us. The photos are an added treat 🙂

  36. Nina February 15, 2012 at 1:05 am #

    Hi Jaco,

    Thank you for the update and pictures. I know you’re busy so thank you for taking the time.
    As you can see, everyone is still missing the safari’s and are wondering what is up with our favorites and any new sitings. So good to hear the painted dogs are coming around more. Also, any news on favorites such as Karula and family and Teddy hyena boy or girl – do we know yet?
    Looking forward to more updates in the furture – take care.


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