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Safari Drives Part 1 : Nov. 11, 2009 - July 31, 2011
« on: November 11, 2009, 03:01:14 PM »
WILDEARTH's SAFARI DRIVES - Nov. 11, 2009 - July 31, 2011

Map of Sabi Sands Game Reserve: which includes Djuma Private Game Reserve with Vuyatela and Galagos Lodges.

Map of Sabi Sand Game Reserve. by BBE2009, on Flickr

The country of South Africa (SA) is bordered by the countries of Namibia, Botswana (home of Pete's Pond in Mashatu area), Zimbabwe and Mozambique.  SA is comprised of nine provinces (in bold type).

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Provinces of South Africa by BBE2009, on Flickr

Location of Kruger National Park within the country of South Africa. (Green on right upper side of the map).  I have no idea what the red arrow is for  :puzzled2

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SA showing KNP by BBE2009, on Flickr

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WildEarth (WE), for almost two years broadcasted LIVE Safari Drives from their location in the Djuma Private Game Reserve (top right of the above map) in the Sabi Sand Game Reserve, which is part of the Greater Kruger National Park in South Africa.

1. General Information:
  • Africa never changes time. Therefore in North America they are 6 hours ahead of our east coast and 9 hours ahead of the west coast.
  • In posts here you may see 'CAT' by the time of photos etc. This stands for 'Central Africa Time'.
  • On most days, unless there were 'technical' issues with the vehicle, there were  two live game drives; early morning and late afternoon.
  • They used a 3D camera equipped vehicle (a large Land Rover (referred to as the 'Ganda').
  • Two of the WE's crew went out on the vehicle for each drive; a 'driver/presenter', and a camera person.
  • A third crew member remained in Final Control (where the live feed from the camera was streamed to the carrier), and relays questions and information to the driver/presenter.
  • Drives were also weather dependent; as the batteries and camera were very sensitive to moisture; and at times the area had major rains.
  • Viewers were encouraged to email questions for the presenter or director that are directly relating to what was being broadcast.

2. Djuma Waterhole Camera:A camera was also mounted on a tree by the Gowrie Dam. The baboons liked to climb the tree and play with the wiring.  We had many days without the what we referred to as the 'Dam Cam'. In early 2011 there was major damage to the camera, which could not be repaired.  In June 2011 after a long period without the camera a new one was installed and made 'baboon proof'.  :eclol
  • In June 2011, Jurie and Pippa stepped in and had the Gowrie Waterhole Cam replaced.  They are the cam's 'producer' and are responsible for the maintenance and running of the Djuma Waterhole cam.
  • Live coverage 24 / 7.
  • As at Pete's Pond, the camera is operated remotely by a group of volunteers called 'zoomies'.
 
Note: Mar. 11, 2012 After troubles with camera and the major flooding in the area in Jan. 2012 the link to the 'Dam cam' still works at:
http://www.wildearth.tv/djuma-gowrie-waterhole-wildlife-big-game-africa-live-webcam-01

3. WE Information links :
  • About WE WildEarth's (WE) mission, and the story (history) of how Wildearth came to be.
  • Blogs for WildEarth and Safari.tv.
  • Detailed map of the area encompasses Elephant Plains, Djuma and Nkorho. Elephant Plains is on the bottom, far left side, Djuma (Vuyatela) in the center, and Nkorho on the lower right side.
  • WildEarth Cams carries other live feeds: including the Eagles of Hornby Island, the eagles nest at Sidney, B.C. and several other cams.
  • Leopards in Djuma Area contains links to information about the resident female leopard Karula and her family, and also the posts about her latest set of twins.

4. General References about wildlife and birds you may see :
We extend our sincere thanks to everyone associated with WildEarth, Safari.tv and Juri and Pippa Moolman for sharing their corner of beautiful Africa and the wildlife etc. with the world. All images posted in this topic are copyrighted and rights reserved to WildEarth and Safari.tv

BBE  :binocs

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Update on January 5, 2012 / BBE:

The drives were great while they lasted. Educational and fun. Who knows what may happen down the road  :question  :eccry

Update: Mar. 11. 2012 / BBE The topics related to the two series of game drives at Djuma Private Game Reserve and the camera at Pete's Pond have been moved to this new location. I have taken the liberty of deleting the information related to the specific times for game drives and the Fireside Chats and other special events which occurred.
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Re: Wild Earth's Safari Drives
« Reply #1 on: November 11, 2009, 09:13:48 PM »
Karula the female leopard with an impala kill in a tree. One of her boy cubs in tree and one below the tree, resting.

First picture is one of the cubs after the dropped impala incident, going back to sleep. :ecsmile


Karula on the right.
Caught him with his tongue out. :)

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Re: Wild Earth's Safari Drives
« Reply #2 on: November 11, 2009, 09:41:41 PM »
One of Karula's 1 year old boys drops the impala kill from the tree. Mom comes to help and the one on the ground who has the food now,  says "back off, it's mine". lol


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Re: Wild Earth's Safari Drives
« Reply #3 on: November 11, 2009, 09:59:22 PM »
Some more scenes from tonite.

 From the top: Karula, happy hippo, woodland kingfisher





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Re: Wild Earth's Safari Drives
« Reply #4 on: November 11, 2009, 11:23:31 PM »
EMC, nice job of screen capping.  It was a great sighting!!! Karula sure wasn't a happy camper when she thought people might take her kill.   :nope
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« Reply #5 on: November 12, 2009, 01:23:11 AM »
Great photos emc.  True to form I was out for the evening (our time) when Karula (Mum) and her twin sons 'Mixo and Induna' appeared.  Some of us who watch call Karula 'La Diva', she is beautiful.
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« Reply #6 on: November 12, 2009, 08:59:12 AM »
Tigerlady: I missed that somehow, but read, and saw that the another vehicle got between her and her kill and she mock charged them and snarled. lol
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« Reply #7 on: November 12, 2009, 10:11:15 AM »
EMC, although someone posted what you mentioned, the other vehicle wasn't really between Karula and her kill.  Patrick said he thought that someone on the tourists' vehicle may have made a noise or moved at the wrong time.  :mgritted

She snarled first at the jigga, which WE hadn't seen her do before and then she ran toward the other vehicle and made a mock-charge, but stopped short of doing anything more.   :pray

One of the boys (Induna) had accidentally just dropped the kill from the tree as we watched.  Mixo ran over and got it and then Karula dragged it away and was eating, just before she got irritated.  

The boys both had full tummies so it was Mama's turn.  She is amazing in how she has them eat first.  That is true Mother's love.   :heart
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« Reply #8 on: November 12, 2009, 10:14:59 AM »
One of the boys was on the ground, wonder if that had anything to do with it then.  :question
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« Reply #9 on: November 12, 2009, 10:28:15 AM »
Possibly, EMC.  It's hard to know, isn't it?!  I am fascinated by being able to see all of this unfold in front of us and to have the presenters talk about what is happening, what it might mean, and all of the other things they tell us.  Live cams sure are better than TV!   :nod2
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« Reply #10 on: November 12, 2009, 03:33:46 PM »
Beautiful pictures and video  :ecsmile
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« Reply #11 on: November 12, 2009, 10:02:18 PM »
Here are some photos from the first half of the Friday morning Game Drive.  The west coast of North America is 10 hours behind Sabi Sands.  The morning drive starts at 5:30 am CAT (Central African Time) which is 7:30 pm the evening before here on the west coast. The drive lasts three hours; with a 10 minute 'stretch the leg' break for the presenter and camera person.

This is Patrick who presented on the Thurs. morning and now the Friday morning drive. He has lived in the area most of his life. He is extremely knowledgeable and has the most infectious laugh.

Start of Thurs. morning CAT:


End of Friday morning (CAT)


At 5:40 am CAT it was looking overcast; but the sun is now out.



An Impala one of the many species of antelopes found in the area (some others are the little Steenbok, the Common (Grey) Duiker, Bushbucks  and Waterbucks.)



A group of older Cape Buffalos; commonly referred to as 'Dagga Boys'



Then we came across a relatively young hyena pup (some people and references refer to them as 'cubs').  When we first see the pups a few days to a week or so after birth, they are black or dark tan coloured. As they age they become brown and develop their 'spots'.  The adults didn't appear to be around; probably off looking for food.  They can often be seen at the site of a leopard kill. If the leopard is a tree with a kill; it is not uncommon to see an adult under the tree or nearby - hoping some food drops from the tree; or the entire kill. And if there were other youngsters they were in the den in the termite mound.





More to come of the first half with a beautiful sight.
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« Reply #12 on: November 12, 2009, 10:33:53 PM »
Note: All images posted on this page by forum members are with thanks to and http://www.wildearth.tv/home  all rights reserved

Continuation of the first half of the Friday morning drive.

There are many birds in the area. Kingfishers (including Woodland, Pied, Brown-headed, Hornbills and Woodland) Several varieties of eagles and more.  

We had a quick glimpse of a Lilac-breasted Roller (LBR). About 34 cm (14.2 inches from beak to tip of tail)


There are many different Hornbills.  Most commonly seen are the red-billed ('Chili-pepper'), yellow-billed ('Flying banana') and this one - a Grey-billed Hornbill. About 43 - 48 cm long (17 - 19 inchs)



And a Woodland Kingfisher - 23 - 24 cm (9 - 9.5 inches)



Patrick had heard from the driver of another vehicle that we might be lucky - and we were.  We rounded the corner and there up in  a tree was an 'ingwe', Shangaan (local language) for 'leopard'.  This one is called 'Induna'. he and his twin brother (Mixo - 'me-shoo')are the sons of the beautiful 'Karula'.  And between now and the 22nd will be one year old.  We first saw them in Feb. 2009 and Rexon (another chap at WE) said they were about 2 months old.











Not to much so far in the second half - but surprise we have one or more leopards on the wall at Gowrie Dam.
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« Reply #13 on: November 12, 2009, 10:52:36 PM »
Surprise - just as the drive was ending, Patrick spied Induna's brother Mixo lying in the bushes at Gowrie Dam.

The road to Gowrie Dam


Mixo



And our last view from the drive - the Dagga Boys cooling off in the water at Gowrie Dam.  


It is currently 24 C (75 F) and it is only 7:50 am there. They are expecting a high of 34 C (93 F).

The end
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« Reply #14 on: November 12, 2009, 11:03:08 PM »
Gorgeous close up pics of the leopard BBE.  :ecsmile
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