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The dam wall has been fixed!

We were very saddened when we lost our dam wall during the floods and so are ecstatic to have had an opportunity to have it fixed. Thanks to Willem Botha and the guys at Mashova who in four days transformed the battered and damaged dam wall into a proper wall with spillways that should allow it to survive the next 60 years.

Herewith some images of the dam wall and the earthworks:

13 Responses to The dam wall has been fixed!

  1. MJ April 2, 2012 at 1:32 pm #

    We watched the Ellies use this as a slide! What fun that was! LOL
    I am so happy it is fixed and better than every.. May 2012 bring you many patrons and much happiness.

    • Djuma April 4, 2012 at 5:27 pm #

      not so happy about the elephants using our new dam wall for their sliding thrills!

  2. Peter Pettersson April 2, 2012 at 1:37 pm #

    I know that my body never is going to travel to Djuma from our small island Gotland in the Baltic Sea, way up north on the globe, but almost every day I nevertheless visit Djuma to take a look at all the animal friends I made during the live Safaris.
    The many YouTube videos on my computor are nice to view and recall Marc, Tara and Patric. Djuma will live with me as long as I keep walking around the earth, among my sheep och Bordercollies.

    Thankful greetings!
    the Shepherd

  3. CJHines April 2, 2012 at 1:49 pm #

    So pleased the work is done. I admit I enjoyed watching the progress when time allowed!
    Still very happy no one was hurt in the flood.
    I am looking forward to watching more animals come back to the dam.
    God Bless!

  4. dorothy phillips April 2, 2012 at 2:12 pm #

    What wonderful news from Djuma! I must have seen an early celebration a few days ago! Elephants galore and much more! It’s so good to see all restored. We all felt a measure of your sadness when so much was taken away. Seeing all made new, perhaps it causes us to appreciate what we have – even more. Thank you for sharing with us. It surely looks like a proper wall – once again!

  5. Anthony Corvelli April 2, 2012 at 2:30 pm #

    I was very excited to see that work being done. Glad all is well now! Thank you!

  6. Kevin April 2, 2012 at 3:09 pm #

    Hi ,
    I am so happy to hear that all of you are well and things are shaping up for all you great people , But I do have one question ? Will the drives ever be back ,We miss them so very much , Can you please answer
    Thank You

    • Djuma April 4, 2012 at 5:29 pm #

      not sure, unfortunately. We do live in hope!

  7. Red Robin April 2, 2012 at 3:33 pm #

    What a beautiful sight, Pippa and Jurie! So grateful that all is complete. The animals are grateful as well I’m sure. Thank you for all you do and thank you for sharing your home with us. I can almost feel the African breezes on my face! Take care and God bless.

  8. Pauline Finch-Lea April 2, 2012 at 5:23 pm #

    A sincere ‘Thank-You’ to everyone who has been involved with the Dam Wall repairs,
    and for the Rangers and others who supply us with the daily happenings and events which take place in Djuma, and the lodges.
    When the safari drives were suspended I, like many other members, thought we had seen and heard the last of the wonderful leopard families in Djuma, so it is really pleasurable to read of the continuing lives of ‘Karula’ and her offspring, and enjoy the facility of the live ‘dam-Cam’ each and every day.
    Wishing every success for ‘Galago’, and the continued success of Vuyatela Lodge. They certainly look like wonderful places to stay for those fortunate enough to be able to visit Djuma!
    Long may the animals prosper, living wild and free, in this special area of Sabi Sands, South Africa.

  9. jody morrison April 2, 2012 at 11:05 pm #

    Awesome…… the dam is back, better than ever, the new lodge is open. Djuma has been visited and “given the stamp of approval” by Karula. What could be better. Congratulations to all; this is very exciting.

  10. BBE Richmond April 3, 2012 at 7:48 am #

    Congratulations on the new and improved dam. How wonderful that all those elephants came late afternoon of Mar. 29. to check it out. 🙂 What you and co-workers and contactors have wrought in two months is unbeleiveable. Many more happy years at Vuyatela and Galagos. The dam is awesome.

  11. CM April 3, 2012 at 5:36 pm #

    YAYYYYYYYYY!! All the hard work will pay off! Looking forward to all the happy animals! Thanks for sharing!

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