Part 3...2018, "Year in Review" with favorite photos...They're back!!!...Six years ago today...Itinerary re-post from one year ago.

We so excited to see the kudus and other wildlife returning to our garden as the holiday crowds dissipate.  
"Sighting of the Day in the Bush"
One of our two favorite frogs took up residence in this cute little decorative basket near the pool on the veranda.
This morning, two bushbucks, one duiker,  five zebras, and three warthogs stopped by at the same time.  Last night before the pelting rain began, 12 kudus and three warthogs stopped by for a snack.  We couldn't toss the pellets quickly enough.  
Notice the pellet crumbs on her nose.  Often, there are lots of crumbs in the huge bags of pellets.  Most of the wildlife are happy to lap up the crumbs if we place them on the tile steps.  See more here at this link.
We're so excited the animals have begun to return to our garden.  After all, that's why we're here...the wildlife and the people.  They're all wonderful and have made this past year fly by in a flurry of activity.
We couldn't believe our eyes when we spotted this elephant digging a hole to access water in the ground below.  Please take a moment to watch our video at the top of the page.  See this link here for more.
The now working aircon in our main floor bedroom provided us with a good night's sleep along with the fact the power stayed on for the past 36 hours.  Add the fact that today, for the first time in days, the temperature is cool and comfortable at 21C, (70F) and surprisingly doesn't feel as humid as it had over the past several days.  What a welcomed relief!
Louise and Danie joined us for dinner that night at Kambaku, the popular restaurant at the golf course in Komatipoort, as we celebrated their belated birthdays.  We couldn't be more grateful for all they've done for us.  See this link here for more.
Today, we'll complete this three-part series of 2018, "Year in Review" and return tomorrow with our regular posts and all new photos as we see more and more wildlife each day as the holidaymakers have begun to drift away.
Our photo of the blood moon taken on July 27, 2018.  See this link here for more.
Holiday times are different in South Africa than many other countries. In the US, kids return to school the first day after the end of New Year's Day.  But here, the return to school varies from public schools to private schools but may be as late as the middle of January.  This fact determines when many of the holidaymakers leave Marloth Park.
Not a night passes without an opportunity to watch these adorable bushbabies enjoy the yogurt we place on their little stand.  See this link here for more.
However, as we've seen from the gradual return of the wildlife to our garden, many may have left right after New Year's Day.  At this point, we'll see how it transpires over the next week or two.
What an animal!  We feel fortunate to have been able to get lion photos.  See this link for more.
This morning when Tom was reviewing past posts, he mentioned it was exactly six years ago today that we boarded our first cruise.  See here for the link. (At that time, we didn't post many photos and didn't do a post daily). In 80 days, we'll be boarding our 24th cruise in Santiago Chile, ending in San Diego California.  
Mom and baby love.  See this link here for more.
It's even hard for us to believe how many cruises we've experienced in this short period of time and other than a four-day back to back cruise in 2013, in the Mediterranean, we've loved every one of them.  
Every piece of art at WayiWayi Art Studio & Gallery was representative of Zambian culture.  See this link here for more.
The four-day cruise was during spring break and was crowed with highly inebriated, loud, demanding and pushing and shoving passengers.  It couldn't have ended quickly enough for us.  
We were excited to get a view of the leopard's face after waiting for a considerable period while Samson, our guide in Chobe National Paek in Botswana kept moving the vehicle for better shots.  Upon careful inspection of this photo, you can see the pads of the feet of her kill in the tree near her head.  See this link here for more.
Below included in our "one year ago today" feature we posted the itinerary which we'd included on today's date in 2018.  Certain aspects of our itinerary have changed, including the first year that has since passed.  In the next few months, as we add more bookings, we'll be updating the itinerary and post it here.  
Based on our position in the line-up of vehicles in Kruger our photo taking advantage was limited.  See this link here for more.
As the years have passed, we don't feel the sense of urgency to fill in the blanks and extend the itinerary beyond two years.  Its less about being lazy and more about feeling comfortable that all of it will work out as we go along.
Stunning female lion - as a part of the Ridiculous Nine we spotted in a game drive in Marloth Park with friends Lois and Tom who visited for three weeks.  See this link here for more.
Tonight, we'll be visiting Rita and Gerhard at their second condo at Ngwenya where they're staying until tomorrow.  Then, much to their delight, they're moving back to the Hornbill house where they lived the first month they were here and will stay until sometime in March when they'll be leaving Marloth Park.
Tom, Lois, Kerry (our guide) me and Tom after a highly successful game drive in Kruger.  See this link here for more.
We're hoping to see them in this New Year when they'll come to visit us in Ireland during our three-month stay beginning in May.  We're also looking forward to Kathy and Don visiting us in Ireland as well.  How fortunate we are to have made such fine friends.
We encountered this stunning scene of zebras and wildebeest from the fence at Marloth Park. One reason zebras and wildebeest hang out together is that zebras love to eat the taller grass and wildebeest the shorter grass – it’s a type of symbiosis. There is no competition regarding food.  Also, wildebeests have a better sense of hearing, while zebras can see very well. It’s always great to have an ally to warn of any impending danger.  Another reason is zebras and wildebeest prefer to be in the open savannahs...the concept of safety in numbers comes into play.  See this link here for more.
Then upcoming on January 14, friend Linda and Ken will stay here with us for a week.  They arrive from Johannesburg on the day that we're having a birthday dinner party for Rita. Such good times with friends...we are so grateful.
We've so enjoyed spending time with new friends Rita and Gerhard who came to Marloth Park after reading our posts years ago.  Through our site, they found the holiday home they've rented and also found Louise to help them get situated.  They'll be here in Marloth until March.  We look forward to many more exciting times together.  See this link here for more.
That's it for today, folks.  We'll be back with more tomorrow. 

May you find your day to be fulfilling and meaningful!
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Photo from one year ago today, January 3, 2018:

One year ago today, we posted the upcoming itinerary that included a total of 852 days, which is now down to 486 days since the first year of this itinerary has passed. Since that date, we've had a few modifications which we'll include next time we update and post the itinerary. For details, please click here.


 Location 
Days
 Dates 
 Buenos Aires, AR - Prodeo Hotel 
20
 1/2/2018 -1/23/2018 
 Ushuaia, AR - Ushuaia, AR - Antarctica Cruise 
16
 1/23/2018 - 2/8/2018 
 Buenos Aires, AR - Prodeo Hotel 
2
 2/8/2018 - 2/10/2018 
 Marloth Park, South Africa - Bush home selected
89
2/11/2018 - 5/11/2018
  Zambezi River Cruise - Victoria Falls 
8
5/11/2018 - 5/19/2018
 Marloth Park, South Africa - Rent a bush home
89
5/19/2018 - 8/16/2018
 Uganda - See gorillas and the "Cradle of Mankind" 
7
8/16/2018 - 8/23/2018
 Marloth Park, South Africa - Rent a bush home
89
 8/23/2018 -11/20/2018 
 Mozambique, Africa (get visa stamped) 
1
 11/20/2018 -11/21/2018 
 Marloth Park, South Africa - Rent a bush home
89
 11/21/2019 - 2/17/2019 
 Valparaiso, Chile - Rent vacation home or hotel
36
 2/17/2019 - 3/24/2019 
 Cruise - San Antonio, Chile - San Diego 
14
 3/24/2019 - 4/8/2019 
 San Diego, CA - Fly to Minneapolis, MN - Family visit
13
 4/8/2019 - 4/21/2019 
 Cruise - Fort Lauderdale, FL- Dublin, Ire (1-day hotel stay) 
15
 4/21/2019 - 5/6/2019 
 Ireland - Rent country house - Research Tom's ancestry 
90
 5/6/2019 - 8/1/2019 
 Amsterdam, NLD - Hotel stay 
11
 8/1/2019 - 8/11/2019 
 Cruise, Baltic - Amsterdam, NLD - Amsterdam, NLD 
12
 8/11/2019 - 8/23/2019 
 England - Rent country home
62
 8/23/2019 - 10/24/2019 
 Southampton, UK - Fort Lauderdale, FL
15
  10/24/2019 - 11/8/2019 
 Henderson/Las Vegas, NV - Los Angeles, CA -Scottsdale, AZ 
25
 11/8/2019 - 12/3/2019 
 Ecuador - Galapagos - Rent vacation homes on islands
89
 12/3/2019 - 3/1/2020 
 Peru - Machu Picchu - Rent vacation homes, visit site 
30
 3/1/2020 -  3/31/2020 
 The Pantanal/Amazon River Cruise - Brazil (2 cruises)
30
 3/31/2020 - 4/30/2020 
 Number of days  
852

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