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The dogs have been visiting!

Hi everyone!

I just wanted to pass on the wonderful news about the wild dogs that were seen on the 4th! I ended up staying in the sands for one night at another lodge and was able to jump aboard the morning drive! One of the main animals everyone wanted to see was giraffe and after a few showers and searching, the Djuma herd graced us with their presence! The youngster from the previous blog was with it’s mum and other adults up by the bush braai site enjoying breakfast!We sat with them for a little while and as the sky began to clear we decided we needed to take a short coffee break! It was smiles all round as we sipped our hot beverages, warming us up on the inside, while the sun warmed us on the outside! We finished just in time to hear wild dog had been seen up by Sydney’s dam!

Just as we got there our visual was of a white tail and a pair of ears disappearing into the bush. If hearts sank it was for only a moment as the dogs came bounding back out towards the road where we were!

They stopped to test the ground for anything interesting, milling around the vehicles for a few minutes before trotting off towards sandy patch. Although they didn’t seem to be in a rush anywhere we had to leave, but grateful for the chance to see these rare beauties!

I have also heard Karula has been out and about on the quarantine open area. Xivindzi and Xivambalana were with her enjoying their evening meal of impala with the full moon as a back drop! Sadly I wasn’t there to share it but at least it is great to hear the royal family of Djuma are doing well and are still together!

Take care everyone until next time bye for now! I do have pictures of the dogs which I will upload when I can!

Written by Tara

11 Responses to The dogs have been visiting!

  1. jody morrison February 9, 2012 at 7:26 am #

    OOOOOOOOOOH FUN!!! I’m so glad you got to see the dogs; that must have been spectacular. Great to hear that our royal family is doing well, hanging together and eating enough to keep them happy. Equally glad to know that you are happy and enjoying bush life. Keep on it, dear. We’ll be waiting for our pic, which, I’m sure, will be a terrific as usual

  2. dorothy phillips February 9, 2012 at 2:11 pm #

    Family was missing and speaking of you and African visits just yesterday. And here you are sharing again these wonderful sights and we feel as though we’ve seen and been with you.
    Pictures painted beautifully. The grazers with the moon backdrop must have been lovely. Glad for your close-up with the wild dogs. Thank you for continuing to share from there. Looking forward with you to all that’s on its way.

  3. Red Robin February 9, 2012 at 2:47 pm #

    Hello, Tara.
    How good to hear from you today. Painting a picture of Djuma for us and sharing your bush life is so refreshing. I heard that the wild dogs were spending a lot of time at Nkorho Pan and hope they continue to come over and visit at Djuma.
    Nice to hear that Karula and the kids are well and well fed! Am missing the bush more and more and I thank you for sharing with us.
    Take care, Diane Phillips

  4. Beastfan February 9, 2012 at 10:57 pm #

    Thank you, Tara. You are so missed!

  5. Maureen Fitzgerald February 10, 2012 at 1:09 am #

    Hi Tara! I echo the others. Such gorgeous word pictures. Makes my heart miss our drives. Thanks so much for thinking of us!

  6. Rebecca February 10, 2012 at 6:35 am #

    Hi Tara

    It’s great getting to read your blogs and share with us the nature in the bush. So glad to hear the Royal family is doing well. The wild dogs are a treat for sure.It is so nice of you to keep us up to date and will be looking forward to your photo. Be well, take care and have a great time in life!

  7. Deborah Rose February 10, 2012 at 4:31 pm #

    Ahhh Tara thank you for the wonderful update of the Royal Family of Djuma…I miss them terribly and still find myself crying over pictures posted on facebook. My mind is going to mush….Need bush imput!!! lotsalove to you my sweet friend.

  8. Maria Paulin February 10, 2012 at 4:54 pm #


    Thanks so much for the news and pics. Knowing that Djuma and its residents are out there makes my world more complete. Thanks again and look forward to hearing from you in the future.
    Maria Paulin, Burnsville North Carolina, USA

  9. Elaine February 11, 2012 at 7:50 am #

    Nice job, you guys! Keep up the good work…

  10. Karen February 14, 2012 at 5:46 pm #

    Tara, ditto above comments. We especially miss the drives and the three who gave us much enjoyment. (you, Seb, Marc)

    Thanks much…..

  11. Nina February 15, 2012 at 1:16 am #

    Tara, so good to hear from you and I am really excited you got a research job. I know you really wanted to study the leopards more. I hope that will also include our beautiful Queen and family. I so miss them. I missed you too so am glad for your job at Arathusa. I know you’re going to do really well there just because you are wonderful you!
    Thank you for the update.


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