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Discuss the Orpen (KNP), Satara (KNP), Addo and Nossob (KTP) webcams
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Re: Woeful webcams

Unread post by Carol g » Thu Jun 12, 2014 8:06 am

These Webcams are out there in the middle of the bush, sometimes it's a Telekom fault, sometimes it's an animal who breaks them, it's not always so easy to fix them
Parts for them sometimes have to be transported for hundreds of km then when they get there don't work
I'm sure Sanparks are trying there best to get them repaired
We must just be patient
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Re: Woeful webcams

Unread post by JenB » Thu Jun 12, 2014 9:32 am

Welcome to the forum Wildlove! :yaya:

Like Carol said, these cams are out in the sticks and the problems are usually not within SANParks' control. There is also no power at Nossob and the whole camp is powered by a generator so that brings a whole lot of problems of its own! :lol:

The SANParks officials do a wonderful job in maintaining our cams. If they can sort out a problem they do so ASAP. They've even gone out immediately to clean the lens and such for us.

Please stick around and enjoy the cams that are working and know that they are doing all the can to get the others up and running as soon as they can. :)
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Re: Woeful webcams

Unread post by Meandering Mouse » Thu Jun 12, 2014 1:09 pm

wildlove wrote:The different webcams have been down most of the time for weeks now. This gives a terrible "picture" regarding the capability of Sanparks to the world out there.

Should this webcam project not be handed over to the honorary rangers? They still seem to be rather capable.


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The webcams have always been a main attraction.

Don't worry, this was the start nine years ago.

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I understand your frustration, but Sanparks is doing just ok :wink:
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Re: Woeful webcams

Unread post by DinkyBird » Thu Jun 12, 2014 2:21 pm

Hi wildlove

I agree with all the above posts. I know for a fact a lot of effort is put in by the SANParks team to bring those pictures to us to enjoy.

I am going to invite SANParks (Nedret) to explain a bit of the background, and the economics to you. And while I agree the HRs are capable, I am hoping you are going to withdraw your comment about SANParks' capability now that you understand a bit more of what actually goes on behind the scenes :D
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Re: Woeful webcams

Unread post by SANParks » Thu Jun 12, 2014 3:56 pm

Dear wildlove,

Reading posts like yours makes us feel excited and embarrassed all at the same time.

Excited, because we can sense your passion for the webcams, and nothing gives us more joy than providing a healthy addiction like the webcams to hopefully help "teleport" you to the parks in no time.

Embarrassed because with regard to the Addo webcam, sadly we have been real slow with our supply chain processes.

The old webcam was hit by lightning and the challenge was to procure an outdoor webcam with very specific requirements. It turned out this equipment will need to be imported for us, and the ETA we have been given is only the end of June.

Raychi called the Nossob camp earlier and they promised to send someone to go and restart it. Let's give them a chance to do so.

In the mean time, please don’t give up on the webcams. We are doing what we can.
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Re: Woeful webcams

Unread post by DinkyBird » Thu Jun 12, 2014 6:52 pm

Thank you Nedret.
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Re: Woeful webcams

Unread post by Stark » Thu Jun 12, 2014 6:54 pm

Hi SANParks team, maybe it would be helpful to change the messaging on cams that are down for a longer term of time (power is out and will be out, equipment needs to be changed) as opposed to short-term hiccups where we should check back soon? Just a suggestion. :thumbs_up:
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Re: Addo web cam

Unread post by Toeser » Wed Jun 25, 2014 4:57 pm

I hope we are getting closer to having the cam back. I miss seeing the elephants. They are seen so rarely at the other water holes.

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Re: Addo web cam

Unread post by MATTHYS » Wed Jun 25, 2014 5:55 pm

Great to have you posting at cams, Toeser :D
We might have Addo web cam back soon 8) :
SANParks wrote:The old webcam was hit by lightning and the challenge was to procure an outdoor webcam with very specific requirements. It turned out this equipment will need to be imported for us, and the ETA we have been given is only the end of June.
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NOSSOP WATERHOLE IN BAD CONDITION

Unread post by ABRAM » Thu Jul 03, 2014 12:57 pm

On the webcam it looks like the waterhole at Nossop is in a very bad condition.Maybe it can be repaired and neaten up to come in line and acceptable for international tourism by giving it a beter appearance.
Hope to see some improvement soon.

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Re: NOSSOP WATERHOLE IN BAD CONDITION

Unread post by DinkyBird » Thu Jul 03, 2014 2:02 pm

Hi Abram, will pass on your message.

I think from an animal's perspective, as long as the water is drinkable, they are more than happy, and ultimately it is about sightings (animals) at the waterhole that keep the cammers/visitors excited :D
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Re: NOSSOP WATERHOLE IN BAD CONDITION

Unread post by JenB » Thu Jul 03, 2014 2:21 pm

Hi ABRAM,

Welcome to the forum!

The waterhole is in the riverbed so it should be rustic and wild. :wink:

:pray: No paving, flower pots and brass taps, please? :lol:
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Re: NOSSOP WATERHOLE IN BAD CONDITION

Unread post by ABRAM » Thu Jul 03, 2014 2:26 pm

DinkyBird wrote:Hi Abram, will pass on your message.

I think from an animal's perspective, as long as the water is drinkable, they are more than happy, and ultimately it is about sightings (animals) at the waterhole that keep the cammers/visitors excited :D


Hi Dinkybird

Thanks for your comment-It sounds like drinking coffee from a dirty cup.As long as the coffee is clean,the rest doesnt matter for some people in life.

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Re: NOSSOP WATERHOLE IN BAD CONDITION

Unread post by DinkyBird » Thu Jul 03, 2014 2:29 pm

Abram, how do you suggest it 'come in line and acceptable for international tourism' ?
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Re: NOSSOP WATERHOLE IN BAD CONDITION

Unread post by ABRAM » Thu Jul 03, 2014 2:49 pm

DinkyBird wrote:Abram, how do you suggest it 'come in line and acceptable for international tourism' ?


Maybe we can upgrade it like the water holes at Satara and Orpen in the Kruger National Park.Can some-one send some photos taken at this location for better suggestions.
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