3 March 2009
03.03.2009 80 °F
So three flights and a day later we arrive at Kruger National Park airport and get picked up by Genie Retief and our driver Frank. She quickly takes us home to their lodge in the bush of Marloth Park. This park borders Kruger National Park. Before we finished the hour drive we had already seen a Kudu bull, buffalo and a giraffe. I love Africa!!!!
Genie had a snack for us waiting of an apple tart and koek sisters which were like hard donuts. A friendly neighborhood warthog came to see if we had any for him. I love Africa!!!!
Before we sat down for too long she had a different Frank there with an open vehicle to do a quick run thru Marloth Park. It was the afternoon but we still saw impala, wildebeest, zebras, giraffe and a few elephants in the distance.
Genie is a birder so she also pointed out lots of beautiful birds.
Zebras roll in the dirt to get rid of parasites and insects.
It is summer so lots of bush and water help the animals stay healthy.
I think the animals are as interested in us as we are them.
Insects can really get on their nerves. This zebra was flicking one off his ear.
We saw these vervet monkeys on our drive thru the park.
As we waited for dinner we were entertained by the Lesser Bushbabies.
The little guys only move around at night and come to the house for their banana dinner.
They are amazing jumpers and grab a banana and hop off before you realize what happened.
After the drive we had a BBQ dinner (braai) which her husband, Andre, prepared on their outside grill. First was little sausages which were amazing even after coming from Germany. I will not be losing weight on this trip because next came a broccoli salad, pork chops and sausages with potatoes. The alcohol continued to flow too – did I mention she had beer and wine on the safari ride! Genie is brilliant! We went to bed fat and happy although I was too excited to sleep!!!