|Soon, there were nine until the tenth arrived. At this point, the three warthogs were on the scene, a mom, an auntie and a tiny baby.|
“Sighting of the Day in the Bush”
There are definitely fewer visitors over the weekends when tourists flock to Marloth Park, staying in holiday homes or one of many lodges in the park. They too feed the wildlife that visits their surroundings and often with the extra cars and added weekend noise, many of the wildlife take cover and don’t come around as much.
|They don’t waste any time letting us know they’d like some pellets.|
Usually, by Monday or Tuesday morning, we begin seeing them again. That’s not to say we don’t have visitors over the weekend, besides the human kind on both Saturday and Sunday. Many animals visit us on weekends, just not as many as during the weekdays.
|We tossed out a few handfuls and they were all over it.|
Based on the fact we spend 14 to 15 hours a day on the veranda, less our almost daily drives in the park, visits to Kruger (upcoming again this week), trips into town for shopping and appointments, and time spent socializing, the wildlife have come to realize, we’re an easy mark for pellets, apples, and carrots most of the time.
|In a matter of moments, more zebras arrived in the yard. Check out the young one in the back center of the photo.|
On a day like today, we’ll be gone from 12:30 to 7:00 pm, for two planned events, both of which we’ll share with photos in tomorrow’s post. Our dinners are already prepared, ready to be reheated, and by 7:15 this evening we’ll be back on the veranda ready to begin “watching and waiting” once again.
|This zebra came up to the veranda, licked my bare toe to let me know she wanted more. I complied, cutting up several apples for her and the others.|
For us, avid wildlife observers and obvious commentators in one form or another, we never seem to become bored with this interminable hobby that is a way of life as we live in what we’ll always refer to as “this magical place.”
|Their stiff upright manes are an indicator of good health.|
We’d love to hear if any of our readers have been to or heard of such a place anywhere on this earth, where one could live for a few months at a time, socializing with wonderful people and embracing daily life surrounding by visiting wildlife.
|There was plenty of kicking taking place as they competed for the pellets and apples.|
If you know of such a place, please let us know. We’ll want to go there! But, as the well-traveled residents of Marloth Park always say, “There is no place on earth quite like this place.”
|The three warthogs held their ground, refusing to let the feisty zebras intimidate them. Tom made sure to toss plenty of pellets toward them.|
Sure, many locations throughout the world offer sightings of bears, moose, antelope, whales, endless varieties of birds, farm animals, and on and on. But, as we perused this world so far (not even the “tip of the iceberg” so far), we haven’t encountered anything comparable to Marloth Park.
|The youngest of the dazzle of zebras (yep, dazzle) got in on the action without hesitation.|
In a way, it reminds me of when I was a child and we visited Disneyland, only about 35 minutes (much longer now with more traffic) from where I grew up in Long Beach, California. There was one exciting moment after another and as a kid, it was easy to feel I’d never get enough.
|The cement pond is a favorite spot from which to drink after eating the dry pellets.|
And, although this place isn’t “manufactured or artificial” (except for the homes, lodges and few shops) this environment of wildlife was here long before the people. For me, it feels like Disneyland every day, one wonder after another.
|The young zebra rarely moved from the others to allow for a good photo.|
For Tom, who’s a little more reserved in his outward display of enthusiasm, he too, is caught up in the wonder of it all, especially when a few days ago, he was responsible for discovering and booking the upcoming cruise back to Africa in November/December 2020. Click here for the details if you missed the post describing that cruise.
|Tom mentioned these three had been by earlier in the morning while I was getting dressed. I was thrilled to see them return to check out the little one.|
Coming back here this time, on February 11, 2018, was a gift from Tom for my 70th birthday on February 20th, knowing how anxious I was to return. But, now returning again in 2020 is not only for me. He, too, is fully engaged and loving the life we live here.
|Two female kudus came prancing into the yard to check out the activity. When the zebras wouldn’t allow them in on the pellets they left. No doubt, they’ll return later.|
No, we won’t eventually move here as many have asked. We have no plans to permanently “live” anywhere. Nor will we stay so long next time. We’ll stay the 90 days allowed by a South African visa and be on our way.
This time, we wanted to see Victoria Falls both sides from Zambia and Zimbabwe; safari in Chobe National Park, the Chobe River and, cruise on the Zambezi River. Mission accomplished.
When we book plans for our next 90-day required exit in August, we’ll share all the details at the time of booking and while we’re on that next adventure. However, we don’t need to travel from Marloth Park, South Africa for an adventure.
|The kudus left deciding a few pellets weren’t worth a kick from a zebra.|
We need only open the big wooden doors to our lovely holiday bush home on a morning like this to behold a scene such as this morning’s and, the adventure has just begun.
Thank you to all of our readers for sharing this special time with us. All of you have given us such purpose as we document all of these magical moments. Without YOU, we may have smiled, laughed and taken a few photos along the way.
With YOU, it’s immemorial, as we feel dedicated and determined to document this life we lead 365 days a year.
Have a pleasant Monday!
Photo from one year ago today, June 4, 2017:
|As we continued to have quality time in Minnesota with family and friends, we added more photos of Butchart Gardens in Victoria, British Columbia. We didn’t want those we love to feel every get-together was a photo op to be posted online. For more garden photos, please click here.|