In an earlier blog we announced some upcoming changes for the Sabi Sands. While our plans and intents have not changed, we were unfortunately not able to implement these in within the timelines given in that post. Therefore it is (beyond) high time for an update.
A couple of weeks ago we installed the broadcast repeater at Chitwa and it is now operational, providing wider coverage of Chitwa Chitwa. This also allows more reliable broadcasting from Chitwa Dam. The Gowrie repeater upgrade is currently planned for October.
Behind the scenes, we have started discussions on extended traversing but this is a slow and complicated matter with so many properties and land owners involved. All we can say at this time is that we are working on it. We promise to let you know of progress and developments as soon as we can.
The new Djuma cam is on order and is expected to arrive in South Africa in late September and it will be installed in early October.
Finally, some of you have expressed concerns about us winding down operations in the Sabi Sands. Rest assured that this is not the case. Djuma and the Sabi Sands will always remain a crucial part of WildEarth’s operations and broadcasts.
Where can I get technical information regarding the SafariLive broadcasts from both Djuma and The Mara. I am very interested to find out the entire signal path and Tx/Rx set up (from the Cams on Land Rovers to the internet access point – especially the names of the Satellite/s you uplink to). Thanks
We are so happy to hear that you are not winding down operations in South Africa, although it certainly feels that way right now. Your post is reassuring. We understand the huge investment you’ve made in the Mara, and very much hope that the TV show was a success for Wild Earth. Although we didn’t enjoy the “dramatics” we hope that it allowed you to connect with a wider audience. We miss the regular bush walks, particularly with Stefan. Tristan is doing an awesome job, and we particularly like when Byron returns. The wide open plains of the Mara simply doesn’t hold our interest as much, as we appreciate so much the variation in vegetation types in the Sabi Sands, and the occasional focus on the smaller things. We would be thrilled if Tayla came back! We continue to try to fall in love with the Mara, but so far it is not happening. Rest assured that we are devoted fans, and appreciate so much the leadership of Graham and Emily.
With regards, Marcia and Alan Andre (New Mexico – USA)
Thank you Peter for the most welcome update. My <3 belongs to Djuma also love the Mari.
Thank you for the updates! Things don’t always go as planned but eventually they work out and end up better than ever!
Can’t wait to see where you will take us and what new technology we will be fortunate enough to experience! Thank you WE & safariLive Team!
Thank you for the update. I have been a watcher, chatter, lurker on Djuma for 8 years. So happy cams and drives will still be there. I appreciate all the hard work you all do to bring these safari drives to us.
Any chance for a cam at Chitwa Dam?