A grand solitary visitor...planning our upcoming departure...a goal of low stress travel...a funny photo...


Yesterday morning while writing on the veranda, I heard a "thump, thump" and alerted Tom, to look up and once again, we had the most exciting visitor, a solitary giraffe. We'd assumed he'd stopped to munch on the tree tops enabling us to take some photos.  Alas, he dashed out of the yard so fast that we weren't able to take another photo.  It was the third time we've had giraffes in our yard.  Heavenly.
It's hard to believe that in 30 days, we'll be leaving South Africa, heading to Marrakesh, Morocco, where we'll live for 2 1/2 months.  Unquestionably, it won't be easy to leave Marloth Park, to say goodbye to all of our friends both human and animal. 
These three baby warthogs, our familiar "Three Little Pigs" anxiously needed some liquid sustenance from mom after we shared some pellets with them.  Thirsty, they nursed with the one shown sucking a nipple from behind her butt.  We laughed at this tender sight.
Life in the bush with all of its challenges provided us both with a unique experience, one we'll treasure forever.  But, "moving on" is the lifestyle choice we've made and we do so with excitement and anticipation of that which is yet to come. We have absolutely no regrets. 
On our way out to dinner last night at dusk.  Wildebeest and zebra, who often hang out together.
The preparations to move on aren't overwhelming by any means but must be accomplished in an orderly and concise manner.  Our motto remains forefront in our minds, "Wafting through our worldwide travels with ease, joy and simplicity." 

Stringent advance planning results in lower levels of stress, always our objective.  Besides, the airlines create enough problems of their own without us adding more due to a lack of careful planning. 

We diligently prepare for the following, none of which is particularly time consuming or difficult once the flights have been booked:
  • Flight arrangements/baggage restrictions
  • Packing, while complying with all baggage restrictions
  • Airport transportation arrangements at both ends including the necessity of going to an ATM at the final destination for cash in the local currency
  • Online discussions with the owner/property manager to ensure everything we need upon arrival will be awaiting us: access/keys to the property, bedding, towels, bar soap, toilet paper and bottled water.  We require enough basic "hotel" supplies to get us through the first several days.
  • How do we arrange for meals and snacks as we settle in? Assessing nearby restaurants and grocery stores with a ready means of transportation.
  • Visa requirements.  All of our previous visa requirements have been met at immigration upon entry to our final destinations with the exception of Belize, which  required renewal every 30 days.  Morocco doesn't require  a visa for US citizens entering the country for under 90 days.  We'll be staying for 75 days.   
Having booked our flight from Johannesburg to Morocco, a convoluted red eye mess of multiple stops and layovers, today we'll book the short flight from Mpumalanga/Nelspruit to Johannesburg, a portion of the flight that must be booked separately.

Tomorrow, we'll share the details of the complicated and only means of getting to Morocco from South Africa.  It's not comparable to the US, Europe and other parts of the world where one can book a single flight from one big city to another big city.

It's another scorcher today.  We only lasted five hours on the veranda seeing no less the four Warthog families.  Plus, we had about 25 Helmeted Guineafowls hanging out with the Warthogs.  Lots of laughing over all of their playful antics. 

Tonight, we're off to a birthday party in Marloth Park.  Should be fun!


Happy day to all.

2 comments:

Kathryn Begnaud said...

You sound like you're having more fun than in Tuscany.

Jessica said...

Kathy, we are definitely having more fun here than in Tuscany for several reasons. Tuscany was beautiful and our hosts amazing but we were in a very remote, hard to access area with little to do nearby although we had a car the entire time. Several factors have made Marloth Park so wonderful for us: the daily wildlife visitors, the friendly English speaking residents, the magic of the bush, the nearby meat and produce markets and the nearby restaurants. Plus, we've made friends here and don't feel isolated at all.

Thanks for reading and taking the time to comment. It is so appreciated by us both.

Warmest regards,
Jess & Tom

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