Part 2...Our six-year world travel anniversary...Final day with friends...Bush braai in Kruger and game drive...

Lilies growing in the Crocodile River as seen in Kruger National Park.
"Sighting of the Day in the Bush"
Sunset in Kruger National Park.
Our friends Tom and Lois left this morning and are heading back to the US.  Its been an outstanding three weeks spent sharing the wonders of Marloth Park, Kruger National Park, the abundant wildlife and time spent with other friends as well.
Another scene of a gorgeous Kruger Park sunset.
We dined out a lot and still enjoyed some homecooked meals at the house.  We had several outstanding Crocodile River sightings while dining at restaurants overlooking the stunning river. 
We entered the beautifully appointed braai area, presented by Royal Safaris and Tours.
We embarked on several safaris in Kruger including a few self-drives and as shown in today, engaged in a fabulous bush braai dinner and two game drive with Royal Safaris and Tours who provided an excellent experience.
There was only eight of us and the tables were set up accordingly.
We went on another game drive where we were gifted to see what is called "The Ridiculous Nine" with Kerry from Kruger Pride Safaris who helped this magical event occur in a half day event.  
The fire was casting a glow into the boma area.
Please click our link here regarding that fantastic safari's photos and subsequent posts for many days following with what the Ridiculous Nine was all about.  Please check our archives for continuing posts.

We hadn't been able to acquire many great photos from Tuesday's game drives due to the distance of many of the animals in the dark.  However, we had the glorious experience of seeing 15 lions, part of the Verhami Pride, toward the end of the evening.
There were four tables for two, set up in a crescent shape, pretty but not necessarily conclusive for conversation.
Also, we encountered four rhinos on the road in the dark with a youngster who appeared injured and was crying.  Our hearts were breaking to hear the suffering of this little rhino and our guide Corey, contacted the Kruger National Park rangers for assistance.  
The food was set-up buffet-style.
With the horrific number of rhinos being poached in Kruger each day, helping this baby was of vital importance.  We took no photos to avoid poachers knowing the location of the rhinos.

In all, we spotted four of the Big Five but due to darkness were unable to take any worthy photos.  None the less, it was a great experience for all of us, adding to the pleasure of sharing so much with Tom and Lois.
The long row of dining tables.
Last night, we celebrated our six-year travel anniversary at Jabula Lodge and Restaurant for yet another spectacular evening at our favorite dining establishment in and around Marloth Park.  Simply stated, nothing can compare.

The dessert platter served after the main course.
Above all, the chatter among friends when Louise and Danie arrived to celebrate with us, as well as the friendship from owner Dawn and Leon we couldn't have made us feel happier and more appreciative to be among these special people.

Now that Tom and Lois are gone, we'll settle back into our ongoing lives of adventure, wildlife, and friendship, never hesitating to stop for a moment to bask in our profound sense of wonder and awe over this world we live in, here and now and hopefully, well into the future.
Saying goodbye, our final photo taken this morning with Tom and Lois!  It's been a fabulous three weeks, we'll always remember.
Tomorrow, we'll post the lions photos, we're anxious to share.

May your dreams be fulfilled.
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Photo from one year ago today, November 1, 2017:

Tom by the pool at the hotel in Managua, Nicaragua.  For more photos, please click here.

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