Sunday, 29 April 2007

LIVE Safari 07h00 and 16h00 CAT!!

The LIVE safari is working again. Currently Pieter is presenting and Jan is on camera with Hayley directing. Join us twice a day for a guided adventure through the Djuma savannah ... absolutley LIVE!!!

Saturday, 28 April 2007

At last.......... we're LIVE!

On Friday 27th April 2007 WildEarth went LIVE on
After 9 months of preparations and testing we are finally LIVE from Djuma Game Reserve. Right now the weather is really bad and so there are not many animals about. The game drive vehicle needs a new antenna, so we are working on getting that done as soon as possible.

Tuesday, 24 April 2007


Join us on a LIVE safari in the African wilderness. Every morning and afternoon our experienced field teams broadcast LIVE from a purpose built game drive vehicle, via a high tech system, straight to your desktop. Nick and Pieter explain the action as they, and you, watch it happen. When not on Safari we monitor the comings and goings at two waterholes, Vuyatela and Buffelshoek, where buffalo, elephant, antelope are common. Listen carefully and you might hear (or see) a lion or hyena. Sit back and enjoy the sights and sounds of Djuma Game Reserve LIVE … WildEarth - it’s in your nature.

Nick de Jongh

Field Guide and Presenter.
With a diploma in nature conservation and more than 12 years in the field Guide industry, Nick is a walking text book on everything you have ever wanted to know on African Wildlife. He’s an ex army boy which may explain his high enthusiasm and endless ability to keep going. He’s a hardy lad having honed his outdoor skills searching for semi-precious rocks in caves, mine shafts and river beds with his father as a child. His time at Djuma as a guide for the lodge saw him meet his beautiful wife and team member, Helen. Together they have quickly become a force to be reckoned with. Nick is our resident comedian with knowledge of the bush that is world class and polished to perfection.

Likes: fishing and coffee milkshakes
Dislikes: his wife catching more fish than he does.

Pieter Pretorius

With 7 years experience in the field guide industry and a life time of exploring, Pieter is a force to be reckoned with in the field guide circuit. Having grown up in the desert he is used to camping, 4 wheel driving and escaping black rhino on foot. This seasoned traveller mixes his passion for nature with photography. He loves to capture the moment and guiding has certainly presented many such moments. Pieter brings considerable talent and experience to the team. He is a top notch photographer, a guiding guru and one of the nicest guys you could meet……..a real legend!

Likes – driving a road he has never been on before.
Dislikes – green pepper.

Helen Rohrs – de Jongh

Field Guide/highly experienced in photography and our star on the camera.
Helen is WildEarth's very own Lara croft. With a degree in fine art, 4 years as a field guide and a highly experienced camera person she is a very talented lady. A self confessed tomboy, her first 10 years were spent larking around in the Kruger Park with her family. Moving to Canada at the age of 10 she developed a serious passion for art and photography and planned a career. This all changed when on a 3 month sabbatical to Djuma she caught a serious case of Khaki Fever and fell in love with a field guide. Marrying Nick resulted in them becoming a bush team with more knowledge between them than most text books. Years of experience filming game drives for the internet honed her photographic skills.

Likes: celebrity gossip and catching more fish than Nick.
Dislikes: skunks.

Hayley Brookes-Roux

Final Control Director.
This seriously capable young lady makes a welcome addition to the WildEarth team. She is a born traveller who doesn’t bat an eyelid when roughing it. We rescued Hayley from the freezing temperatures of the UK and she now prefers to make the warmer climate of the African bush her home. Having had a passion for all things ‘wild’ since she was a child, she fits in a treat at Djuma. Super competent as a director, Hayley is the perfect picture of calm, whatever is happening around her. ‘Danger’ is her middle name, so no wonder she fits in so well.

Likes – Indy rock music and daydreaming.
Dislikes – liars and fennel.

Jan Harm Robbertse

Technical assistant, director and camera.
Fresh from an audio visual production management degree, Jan brings his incredible technical and film making talent to WildEarth. When not in the Control Centre or under a vehicle he can be found deep in the bush talking to the animals. Yes, his dream of a career in animal whispering was sadly not to be, but now it is his hobby. Having grown up on the family farm which he calls ‘his little bit of heaven’ he has a great love of all things outdoors. After working as a camera assistant he realised he could connect wildlife and filming. This self confessed bush addict likes nothing more than wielding a camera amongst the animals. As enthusiastic about his job as he is about life in general, Jan has become our Mr fix-it as well as being a superb cameraman and Director.

Likes – the bush.
Dislikes – being single.

Monday, 23 April 2007

Welcome to WildEarth

Well, we are about to go LIVE on After years of planning and months of back breaking work WildEarth is proud to be showing you the African bush absolutely LIVE. To begin with we have two digital surveillance camera systems positioned at two waterholes; Vuyatela, which is right in front of the Vuyatela game lodge and Buffelshoek a very busy waterhole some 1.7 kilometers away from our Final Control, which is also at Vuyatela lodge.
At about 07h00 (Central African Time, CAT) we head out on our high tech game drive vehicle driven by either Pieter Pretorius or Nick DeJong for a LIVE game drive around the magnificent Djuma Game Reserve. As long as it doesn't get too hot we should be out for about 3 hours and then we go out again in the afternoon at about 16h00 CAT. When the sun goes down our crew switch the cameras over into Infra Red mode allowing us all to watch the animals without disturbing them. They can't see the IR light, only the camera can.