On yesterdays drive while we were off road a very large crack developed in the starter motor. As a result the gears and bushes in the motor were severely damaged. Jan is attempting to repair the starter by temporarily welding it back together again, but WE don’t think this will work.
Because it is Sunday and we are far from a big city where WE can easily replace the motor there is a very real chance that WE are going to miss a few drives. Tomorrow morning WE will go into Hoedspruit and see if there is a motor in town that we can buy. WE are so sorry that you may miss a few drives and promise to work as hard as possible to get the vehicle back out there.
Pieter and Hayley are now on leave for two weeks, they have worked very hard for the past 6 weeks and WE all hope they have a good restful break.
WE have nothing new to report about the CDN, but both Telkom Media and WildEarth are working to put this in place. Unfortunatley there is a great deal of paperwork and issues to resolve in order to bring our dream to reality, WE do assure you that it will be worth the wait.
WE understand your frustrations and ask that you remain patient.
A bit off topic- but I always enjoy seeing Pieter’s photos on your blog. Would love to see more of them!
Keep up the good work, you all are awesome in my book!!
Just wanted to say how much I have enjoyed all the lion encounters lately. It is truly an incredible experience. I love learning all the facts about these beautiful creatures and all the flora and fauna of South Africa.
I’m sorry you are encountering more problems with the vehicle. I am sure you are disappointed and frustrated. What you are doing is such an incredible thing. Thanks for all your efforts.
Hi, thanks for the update. I just wanted to say to all of you in front of the camera, as well as those behind the scenes, how much I appreciate your continuous hard work in bringing this amazing experience to the rest of the world. I have been on very few drives but enjoy each and every one of them. I learn something new on each one. Keep up the wonderful work and hopefully “see” you when the drives resume. Pieter and Hayley, enjoy some much needed R&R!
I wish when the drives are cancelled they would be some voice over,or having posted it before the drive I finally get in,only to wait around for two hours and have no drive
Thanks for the update!
Love the pictures that you have been using to illustrate the Blog.. any chance of seeing any more the pictures that Pieter has taken? We hear his camera clicking often during the game drives. Have seen some of his and Helen’s work on the Djuma site, they both do awesome work. Would love to see more!!!