The bush continues to deliver…They’re back but not all of them…

We returned on Friday evening.  These were our visitors on Saturday afternoon.  We’re back!

“Sighting of the Day in the Bush”

This morning, Miss Kudu was on the road by our house after a pleasant visit, after which she wandered down our driveway. What a glorious morning!

It appears we’ve exhausted sharing our photos of Victoria Falls, Chobe National Park, Chobe River, and the Zambezi River. What a fabulous experience we’ll always treasure. Not only did we love every moment but we had such fun together with never a dull moment.

My favorite, “Miss Kudu,” didn’t waste any time stopping to see us.

Now, back in Marloth Park, we’ve had an opportunity to see some friends, and more social gatherings will follow soon. Yesterday afternoon we visited Gail and Mark at their home along the Crocodile River. 

It took a few days for the mongoose to realize we’d returned. Of course, scrambled eggs were on the menu.

We’d written a post about Gail’s heroic experience with an abandoned chimpanzee in Liberia and subsequently had written a book, “Her Name is Missy,” which is available for purchase here. They’d joined us for dinner last month, and we look forward to spending more time with both of them.

This afternoon we’re visiting a new couple we met who are both Marloth Park Honorary Rangers.  We’ll be preparing an exciting story we’ll share in tomorrow’s post after we interview them further.

The two “boys” are back with “Little Wart Face” in the background.

This morning, Louise stopped by to bring me a choice of a variety of tea filters to use for the delicious loose tea we’d purchased at the Livingstone Airport from the new little shop, as mentioned in a post of a few days ago which can be found here. Of course, I couldn’t let her leave without sharing some of my outstanding tea for her to take home.

Tom’s favorite “Little Girl” bushbuck came to see us the first morning we were back from Zambia.

This magical place is a plethora of fascinating people, each with their own unique stories to tell. Over these next few months, we’ll be adding more stories and photos about local citizens and their contributions to Marloth Park, its wildlife, and its surroundings. 

Kudus along the side of the road on our way to the little market.

We feel fortunate to have the opportunity to meet so many beautiful people and hear about their lives and their motivation for living in this magical place. Tom always asks the question, “How did you discover or hear about Marloth Park?

Nature…amazing! All zebras have those black spots on the inside of their legs. This spot is naturally callused, so when they’re lying down, they can place their sharp hooves on this spot and prevent them from injuring themselves.

 The answers are varied and ultimately interesting. No two stories are alike. “And how did we find it?” we’ve been asked. 

In 2012, shortly after we decided to travel the world, I sat in a chair in our family room for nearly 12 hours each day, searching for where we’d live in Africa, my dream continent to explore. It was via a photo Louise had posted on her website, as shown below. 

Warthog in the kitchen was doing “crumb patrol.” See this post from the day we originally posted this photo.

This photo so bespeaks what triggered our passion for being here. Those of you who’ve followed us for years surely understand. Speaking of warthogs, sadly, we have not seen Scar-Face in over two weeks. We’d heard a warthog with a massive hole in his face had been “culled” while we were gone. My heart sank. He was doing so much better, we thought.

Scar-Face was small, so we’re hoping it wasn’t him. But, now, after speaking with several locals, they say there were two warthogs with holes in their faces, one large and one small. The larger of the two was culled.,

This bushbuck mom and her baby have been visiting for months.  The baby certainly has grown, hasn’t she?

This morning, we spoke to the above-mentioned Honorary Rangers, and they stated they’d seen a small warthog with such an injury that appeared to be healing in the past week.  We hope he’ll return and we have the opportunity to see him again.

It’s so easy to get wrapped up with certain animals here in the bush. It’s funny how many of us get the same “visitors,” We each have our names for them. We’ve been able to interact with many of our “regulars” since we’ve returned but not Scar Face, Wart Face, or Frank so far.

Last night after dark, “Mom, Two Piglets and Auntie” came back to see us along with another boy group of four zebras.

 We’ll be sitting outdoors day and night waiting for them to appear, except for the few times we leave to tour the park or go shopping. We’ll post updates and photos here, of course.

That’s all for today, folks! Please check back tomorrow for our new story as mentioned above.

Have a meaningful Monday!

Photo from one year ago today, May 21, 2017:

Photos don’t do Hubbard Glacier justice. It was stunning. It’s hard to believe we were there a year ago today! For more photos, please click here.

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