Part 1...Our six-year world travel anniversary...Final full day with friends...Bush braai in Kruger and game drive...


Giraffes in the bush.
"Sighting of the Day in the Bush"
An orange-breasted roller.
Today, October 31, 2018, is the six-year anniversary of our traveling the world.  Tonight, we'll celebrate this meaningful day for us with Tom and Lois at Jabula Lodge and Restaurant on their final evening in South Africa.
The Crocodile River from inside Kruger National Park.
Most years, we've included lots of anniversary photos and points of interest in our travels as we celebrate this special day.  Today will be different since the past few days have been a series of fun activities we'd like to present as we wind down our time with our friends.
A mom and baby elephant.
On Monday afternoon we stopped by Rita and Gerhard's holiday home which just happened to be the house we'd rented in December 2014 for our first experiences in Marloth Park.  

It was not only wonderful to see them both again (they are the couple that found Marloth Park through our website which they'd been reading for the past few years) and to walk down "memory lane" as we meandered through the house we'd remembered so well.
Elephant on the side of the dirt road.
From our experience on the veranda when the Mozambique Spitting Cobra dropped from the ceiling to land next to Tom's feet, to the many great sightings we encountered sitting outside, day after day.  Great memories, we'll always cherish as the memories we've created here in the Orange house.
Sunset last night in Kruger.
That evening we returned to Ngwenya for another night of wildlife viewing on the river and dinner off the menu.  The food wasn't as good as Thursday's buffet but once Tom and Lois leave we'll surely dine there again on Thursdays.  
Another wonderful elephant sighting with one tusk missing.
The wildlife sightings were at a minimum that evening but we enhanced our desire to spot wildlife by spending considerable time at "Two Trees" seeing more lions, elephants, waterbucks and more.
A bateleur vulture against the sky at sunset.
Today, we had extraordinary sightings of a female lion kill with photos we're anxious to share in tomorrow's post.   But, today's photos are from Tuesday's late afternoon game drive in Kruger National Park and then a game drive in the dark after the fantastic meal in the bush.

We were hosted by an excellent company, Royal Safaris, which may be found at this link.  They offer a wide array of safari options easily suitable for more tourists who desire the full Kruger National Park adventure.
Another stunning view of the Crocodile River at dusk.
Also, this company provides many other tour options tourists typically seek when they visit South Africa such as the Panorama Route, the Hoedspruit Day Tour, birding safaris, full day safaris, and the spectacular bush braai dinners in the wild in Kruger National Park.
A hyena we spotted in the dark in Kruger.
Our 1500 hrs (3:00 pm) pickup worked well for us and off we went, cameras, repellent, and enthusiasm in hand, prepared for some exciting adventures.  Unfortunately, it was a very hot afternoon with temps in high 30C's (mid 90F's) and most animals remained undercover during the heat of the afternoon sun.

Subsequently, we saw very little prior to the time of the bush braai dinner.  After the scrumptious beautifully prepared and presented dinner, which we'll share in tomorrow's post along with our lion photos, we were able to see more wildlife in the dark.  Details will follow.
An adorable bush hare.
In a few hours, we'll be off to Jabula for the evening for what surely will be another special anniversary and a celebration of this special time we spent with friends Tom and Lois.

May your day and evening be filled with many wonders.  Back at you soon!
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Photo from one year ago today, October 31, 2017:
 October 31, 2017, was our five year anniversary of traveling the world, taken on the veranda at the villa in Atenas, Costa Rica.  For more anniversary photos, please click here.


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