A date night at our favorite spot in the bush…Fish finds…

Impalas (male is shown here) and warthogs seem to get along well.

“Sighting of the Day in the Bush”

Mongooses are very clever in cracking eggs. They hold them in their front paws, bang them on a root or rock, and then suck out the contents.

Without a doubt, our favorite restaurant in Marloth Park or anywhere nearby is Jabula Lodge & Restaurant, about a 10-minute drive on Oliphant, the tar road.

Last night we arrived at Jabula at 1700 hours (5:00 pm) to enjoy happy hour while seated at the inviting bar in the highly appealing establishment. Four and a half years ago, we frequently dined at Jabula based on the excellent food, great prices, and good service, all provided by Dawn and Leon and their staff.

Rushing water over rocks at the Crocodile River.

This time it’s been no different other than the addition of Lyn, their assistant, who is also conscientious in providing all customers a seamless and pleasant experience.

Not only is the food excellent, but the extensive menu provides many options that work for me. When we make a reservation, I email Dawn a few days earlier. She ensures there are non-starchy, lactose-free vegetables and meat for me when many popular South African vegetable and meat dishes include dairy and starch in one form or another.

No boating or humans are allowed on the Crocodile River based on dangerous wildlife that lurks therein, including crocs, hippos, snakes, cape buffalo, elephants, and others.

Last night Tom “pigged out” and order chicken schnitzel, chips (fries), and onion rings. I cringed when I saw his huge plate of fried foods but kept my mouth shut.  

After diligently eating “my way” each day, he tends to order carb-rich foods when we dine out. He didn’t eat breakfast this morning when he still felt full. Hopefully, he’ll be hungry after I make a fabulous low-carb dinner tonight.

Warthogs spending a little time near the water at Sunset Dam.

Above all, the pleasures of dining at Jabula Lodge & Restaurant is the magical way Dawn and Leon always make us and all their customers feel welcomed and special.  Not all owners/managers have the personalities and attentiveness that Dawn and Leon bestow upon each of their guests.

Back home by 2000 hours (8:00 pm), we spend the remainder of the evening researching plans for the future. At the moment, we’re on a mission to fill in some gaps in our itinerary (last posted here), which, once accomplished, we’ll share here.

Giraffe crossing the tar road in Kruger National Park.

After chopping and dicing for tonight’s dinner and vegetables for the wildlife, this morning, we headed to two of the three shopping centers in Marloth Park for a few grocery items, the Bush Centre and Marlothi.  

Upon pulling into the Marlothi center, we noticed a refrigerated truck. I was so excited to see it was the “fish guy” we’d heard so much about. Keeping in mind, Tom doesn’t eat fish. I had to consider a few factors when deciding on what I’d purchase; one, I’d be eating it alone, and two, that the power could go out while we’re gone beginning in 12 days.

Many different species do well together while grazing.

Power outages are common in Africa, and if one occurs for more than a few hours while we’re gone, the contents of our freezer could be lost. As a result, I only purchased two boxes of frozen fish; Norwegian salmon and the popular South Africa kingklip.

Kingklip is described as follows from this website: “The Kingklip is one of many eel-like fishes enjoyed around the globe. It is endemic to the whole Southern Hemisphere and is, predictably, one of the most important commercial fish in South Africa. They are fished from deep ocean waters, up to 1000 meters deep, and can grow to be as long as two meters.”

This elephant was moving toward us, so we backed away.

Although I’d never tried this fish since it is often breaded in restaurants, I decided to give it a try after hearing many great comments about it. I’m sure I’ll like the well-filleted boneless fish since I like almost all varieties of wild-caught fish.  

Although I’d already prepared my dinner for tonight consisting of a seafood stew with mussels, prawn tails, hake, and vegetables, I’ll be having the kingklip tomorrow night while Tom has leftover short ribs pot roast with carrots, whole mushrooms, and onions. We’ll both have a side salad with homemade dressing.

Each time we visit Kruger, we’re gifted with spotting elephants.

Let’s face it, many of our lives are about food, whether we like that fact or not.  Planning, prepping, and preparing good meals is an integral part of our lives, especially when we get the opportunity to try some local favorites from time to time.

Today, it’s outrageously windy. We’re outside on the veranda, but it’s tempting to spend the remainder of the day indoors, something we rarely have done. The animals don’t like the wind, so we’ve only had one visitor so far today, a lone female bushbuck who we enthusiastically fed lettuce, carrots, apples, and pellets.

We take a few photos through the car’s windscreen (windshield) when other options are possible. Tom washes all the car’s windows before we explore Marloth and Kruger Parks.

Tomorrow, we have some new and exciting photos to share. Please stop back and share the day with us! Happy day to all!

Photo from one year ago today, August 4, 2017:

A church across the valley in Atenas, Costa Rica, where we stayed for almost four months. For more photos, please click here.

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