Marloth Park, South Africa: When Zebras Visit

Zebras in Marloth Park

While it’s not uncommon to see zebras walking along the road in Marloth Park, the level of my enthusiasm and appreciation has not waned one mite bite for these exotic beauties.

Zebras in Marloth Park
Zebras in Marloth Park
Zebras in Marloth Park
Baby Zebras!
Zebras in Marloth Park
Babeeeee
Zebras in Marloth Park
This is what we pass on our walk to the market

BUT this morning while working on the real Marloth Park post (coming soon?), I had a breathtaking moment…

Going to the kitchen for some water, I glanced out the window.  After two double-takes, which I suppose is really a quadruple take, I grabbed my camera with one hand and my husband with the other, because THIS is what I saw…

Zebras in Marloth Park
Right outside the kitchen window

After watching this family of three for several minutes, they roamed around the corner…just FEET from the front door.  The baby, at one point, was leaning against the window.

Zebras in Marloth Park
On the porch

Zebras in Marloth Park

They are not shy.  We stepped outside and enjoyed their visit for nearly an hour.

Zebras in Marloth Park
Mama and her baby
Zebras in Marloth Park
Baby hanging under the palapa
Zebras in Marloth Park
Baby Zebra
Zebras in Marloth Park
Baby Zebra

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Eventually Scott got to fixin’ a gap in the screen doors.  The zebras didn’t mind.

Zebras in Marloth Park Zebras in Marloth Park Zebras in Marloth ParkWhile seeing zebras walking down the road is becoming a more regular occurrence, this is the first time they came for a visit.  They departed after about an hour and returned again with some of their compadres.  Check out the video for some live action.

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I asked the Zebra, 
are you black with white stripes? 
Or white with black stripes? 
And the zebra asked me, 
Are you good with bad habits?
Or are you bad with good habits?
Are you noisy with quiet times? 
Or are you quiet with noisy times? 
Are you happy with some sad days? 
Or are you sad with some happy days? 
Are you neat with some sloppy ways? 
Or are you sloppy with some neat ways? 
And on and on and on and on and on and on he went.
I’ll never ask a zebra about stripes…again.
~Shel Silverstein

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Check out the other South Africa posts below:

South Africa Post #1: Our first Kruger National Park Safari
South Africa Post #2: Babysitting a Banded Mongoose Pup in Marloth Park
This is South Africa Post #3: When Zebras Visit
South Africa Post #4: Daily Living in Marloth Park, South Africa
South Africa Post #5: Kruger Restcamps: Skukuza, Satara and Olifants
South Africa Post #6: Kruger Safari: Full Moon over Letaba
South Africa Post #7: Kruger Safari: Treasure Hunting in Tamboti and Lower Sabie
South Africa Post #8: There’s a Mongoose in my Ear!
South Africa Post #9: Peering through God’s Window at Blyde River Canyon
South Africa Post #10: The Dam Boat Tour at Blyde River Canyon
South Africa Post #11: Rare Sexual Encounters of South Africa
South Africa Post #12: To the Wildlife of Marloth Park
South Africa Post #13: Nelspruit to Cape Town
South Africa Post #14: Moved to Tears on Freedom Day
South Africa Post #15: Penguins in South Africa?
South Africa Post #16: The Southernmost Tip of Africa
South Africa Post #17Birds of Eden at Plettenberg Bay
South Africa Post #18: Dear South Africa: I love you, but…
South Africa Post #19: Elephants at Addo National Park 
South Africa Post #20The Garden Route: Nature’s Valley and Wilderness
South Africa Post #21: Endangered Bontebok
South Africa Post #22: Top Five Cape Town Experiences
South Africa Post #23: Chasing Rainbows in South Africa
South Africa Post #24: Vegan Wanderlust in South Africa
South Africa Post #25: Ubuntu

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Thanks for reading and may your day be filled with the peace
brought on by zebras who stop by for a visit.

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    1. kendaswartz@gmail.com

      They are so incredible, Mom! We did our best to respect their space and not approach them, but two of those babies were curious and came very close to us. They were checking us out too. Love you xoxo

  18. Sally Thomas

    Man, you guys are killing me here. The baby zebra…OMG! Your adventures make me want to chuck my mundane job and get on an airplane. Until then, keep up the great work. Looking forward to your next post.

    1. kendaswartz@gmail.com

      Sally, I know, the baby zebra. Love coma. There’s something to be said about chucking a mundane job and getting on an airplane…just sayin’. In the meantime, I’m happy to share our adventure with you. Cheers!

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