Tom & Lori
Kruger National Park
Marloth Park
South Africa

Kudus greet us as we pull into Marloth Park for the first time

Our "camp" for the week in Marloth Park, a private game preserve bordering Kruger National Park

The interior...humble but charming

Taking up the game viewing position on the upper deck at sundown

Surveying the flooded Crocodile River in the morning

Tom's famous pancakes

Tom and his eagle eye from the viewing deck

Impala, a commom sight all over Marloth

Gas pumps in Marloth

Another common resident on the dirt roads of Marloth Park

Yet another Marloth resident

Giraffe crossing

Warthog, a face only a mother could love

Tom gets the braai ready for the steak

Getting ready for a safari dinner

The flooded entrance to Kruger Park at the Crocodile Gate

We had to resort to the Melalane gate to enter Kruger

One of our first sightings in Kruger

Fish eagle on the hunt



Lion food

A relaxing rest stop at Skukuza camp in Kruger on a blistering day

A shady picnic spot for lunch

Tom, looking the part

Mama and baby rhino

Dung beetle rolling his prize home

Tom prepares our plunge pool for a refreshing dip

And the game viewing does not stop!

Bush camp fire

Tom's famous pancakes (again?)

Tom contemplates his day in Wild Africa

Aptly named, Warthog Road

Warning signs at the Marloth Park community pool

Road in Lionspruit, a fenced reserve for lions within Marloth Park

Game viewing hut in Lionspruit

Trying to spy game

Floatie Boy takes his plunge

Life is rough on safari

Lori invites some Marloth Park friends to a sundowner...

...and they accept

"It is nice to meet you too!!!"

Swaziland on the horizon

Backroads of Swaziland

Bulembu, an abandoned mining town in Swaziland

Lush farm lands in the hills of Swaziland

Sundowner at the Marloth community pool

Floatie Boy gets comfy

Our favorite activity, game drives at sundown

Tom searches across the Crocodile River at Kruger for game

Unique advertisement for KFC, which were all over South Africa. But the "fly through" window was at its competitor named Chicken Licken

The start of Blyde River Canyon

Blyde River potholes

Overlooking the canyon

The mining town of Pilgrim's Rest

Royal Hotel bar

General store

Yeah, we bought one

Banana plantation

At home in Marloth

Game walk with zebras

Game viewing this evening attracted a crowd...for good reason

We watched over 40 elephants

Elephants playing in the Crocodile River

Body surfing in the rapids

Cape buffalo nearby

A real Friday night sundowner for the residents of Marloth Park

The lion that Tom spotted that no one else saw

He did not hang around long

A fantastic memory

The sun sets on our vacation

Listening to the creature sounds of the night

Do we really have to go home?

The river is back in its banks as we prepare to depart for the long journey home

One last look

Merry Christmas from South Africa...

Lori & Tom