Our wild life in Marloth Park is coming to a close. Tomorrow we head to Cape Town spending our final three South African weeks between Cape Town and the Garden Route . We expect to see a lot of wildlife on the Garden Route including an animal sanctuary or two. Quel voyage!
I’m not in the mood to write a regular post, yet I do want to summarize our experience here in Marloth Park. So I wrote some poems including one “free association” poem and Haikus (my faves). A photographic farewell and some cool bug activity is found at the end. I welcome ALL your comments especially those written in Haiku!
A red clay castle
Home for mongoose and warthog
Bygone termite mounds
Sixty-one full days
calmly it waits to reveal
time’s true intention
Time to move on now
A brand new journey awaits
How is life so good?
Step in the shower
Oh, a spider. Curious.
Step out of shower
Flies are in my face
Go away little buggers
Bother someone else!
Flitting all around
Are you really that stunning?
A dream manifests
Watching you, taking my time
How happy I am
A chorus vibrates
Critters of the night singing
To the wildlife of
Marloth Park South Africa
Grateful for your gifts
Wildlife of Marloth Park, A Poem
This is a free association poem – a serious of spontaneous thoughts. I’ve conducted this exercise with coaching and training clients. It’s a fun way to exercise the right brain and work toward problem solving or innovation. The poem must have a clear starting point, and the individual must free her mind and try to only think about the topic (this is hard) while simultaneously listen to the thought cropping (thoughts that spring up). My starting point was “Wildlife of Marloth Park”.
8 locks 16 keys
departing is a difficult feat
Where are my animals?
Well hello there.
Zebras, giraffes, warthogs, bushpigs, hippo, impala, vervets, duikers, wildebeest, guineafowl, lions. Baboons! No, you can’t come in. Oh and the genet with the cool tail sneaking up the tree.
Bats flying inches from our faces
Is it really an old wives tale about getting stuck in my hair?
Don’t you have radar or something?
Thank you for eating the bugs that eat us.
Please don’t hurt the butterflies, or the dragonflies or the moths or caterpillars
Are you seriously that cute?
Who do you think you are?
(sung to the tune of Mister Bigshot)
Snorting, grunting, squawking, stomping, chirping, rutting, peeking, laughing, chomping, sneezing, peeing, browsing, grazing, leaping, hiding, sneaking, riding, cackling, warbled gargled. Shy. Today I was awake before the opening of your show.
Flashes of light
Where is my praying mantis?
Hello gecko. Get to work.
Is it weird I like the word dung?
Elephant dung. Dung Beetle. Sung undung.
Are you eating one of my animals?
Who gets to win?
Wish I had an oreo cookie
I like oreo cookies.
It’s 5:00 get up! Up!
Peace arrives come morn
A wild gathering ensues
Reds, oranges, yellows, blues
colors of the rainbow coated in a purple mist
I feel lazy
I don’t think pink is a color in the rainbow
Uncle Eddie’s are my favorite.
Peanut butter and chocolate chip
A new day is born
How do you move so softly? I didn’t know you were there. Can I do it too?
Will we visit again?
It’s been good.
Watching you and hearing you and sensing you
We’re happy to know you.
8 locks 16 keys
I have no idea how to spell au wiederzane
Just looked it up
I was way off
Free association buzz killer = stopping to look up words
Does anyone care how I spell Auf Wiedersehen?
Maybe people from Germany.
Goodbye Bokkie and Goosie
A Photographic Farewell
For the past few mornings, we’ve been getting up and moving our arses early enough to walk to the river (about 20 minutes) to see sunrise.
Goodbye Dinkie and Mr. Mongoo
We often see Dinkie (Duiker) hanging eating in our yard and sometimes he’ll come up to us, but he can usually be found chilling out at Louise and Phil’s house. And Mr. Mongoo is growing! He has a chubby bum, and his stripes are beautiful and distinctive. Check out the slideshow.
Goodbye other 4-legged friends and random blind snake
Want to hear how the hippo sounds when he chuckles?
Our neighbors, Louise (see Dinkie and Mr. Mongoo above) and Phil have a family of Bush Babies (Galagos) living in their thatched roof – on the INSIDE of their thatched ceiling. Our last morning (5:00 AM!), I went over to see those Bush Babies before they went to sleep for the day (they’re nocturnal). Louise keeps treats for them on top of her fridge, and the Bush Babies take several leaps from the ceiling landing on various solid places in the room until they make it to their treats. Incredible.
Goodbye Yellow-billed Hornbill
We often see Hornbills outside and sometimes they come to the window and check up on us. This guy was going bonkers tapping on the window. I went outside and stood just two feet from him, and he continued to tap. From my perch, I could see that he could see his reflection.
Video #1: This Mama came for a rest. We captured this video from the upstairs balcony.
Video #2: These two were just strolling on by while we were sitting outside.
Bugs and the Critters Who Love Them
What’s That Bug?
I love the site What’s That Bug? I have mentioned them in a recent post, and here’s another shout-out. Recently while taking a walk along the river, I spotted a striking, colorful grasshopper in the bush. We stared at each other for about 5 minutes. I, incredulous about her unique design and vibrant colors, and she wondering when I was going to take the photo and leave already.
I emailed the photo to What’s That Bug? and the founder, Daniel Marlos the Bugman, responded in less than 4 hours. Totally surprised and delighted. Here is his response:
Your beautiful grasshopper is appropriately named an Elegant Grasshopper or Rainbow Locust, Zonocerus elegans , and it is one of the Toxic Milkweed Grasshoppers in the family Pyrgomorphidae.
Given how I see many unusual bugs around here, twice more I sent the Bugman another question with another photo. And twice more, he responded quickly with answers.
The caterpillar might be a Lappet Moth Caterpillar in the family Lasiocampidae, though we were unable to locate a matching image on ISpot. The Millipede might have fallen prey to Millipede Assassin Bugs or a Glowworm.
Video: The Lost Caterpillar
Clearly we have a lot of time on our hands if we can stop and watch a caterpillar. Not too much time. It’s just about perfect.
If you are fascinated with bugs or know someone who loves bugs, check out the site. They operate off of the sale of Mr. Bugman’s book, The Curious World of Bugs and also from donations, so please keep that in mind (paypal button at the top). The site clearly states they do not endorse extermination and have a page devoted to unnecessary carnage of beneficial bugs. Cool.
Savvy Globe Tripper Sidebar
One thing I’m happy to report for the fellow savvy globe trippers is that we are way under budget – in all categories and particularly for FOOD. For the month of April thus far (today is the 21st), we spent $105.50 US on food, and that includes the restaurant meal in Sabie. Mostly due to the fact we eat beans and rice every night. Yeah, we’re ready to switch things up despite the fact I love the hubby’s beans. And this change will come not a day too soon in Cape Town, because: 1) we’ll have a stove and 2) there are vegetarian restaurants I’m chomping on my lip to try. I’m craving – in a big way – Indian food and falafel. Keep an eye out for a full report on our full bellies.
On our last morning in Marloth we saw: The sunrise over Crocodile River, Egyptian Geese, Francolin Chicks, Guineafowl, Duikers, Bushbuck, Impala, a Kudu Buck, a Baboon, Vervets, Warthogs, about 8 species of Butterflies, Elephants (!! at Crocodile river), Bush Babies, a Banded Mongoose, and Zebras. Wow. Just wow.
**I’ve been enjoying the Facebook page Visit South Africa. Check it out if you’d like to get some travel info and see some awesome photos.**
We need the tonic of wildness…At the same time that we are earnest to explore and learn all things, we require that all things be mysterious and unexplorable, that land and sea be indefinitely wild, unsurveyed and unfathomed by us because unfathomable. We can never have enough of nature.
~Henry David Thoreau, Walden: Or, Life in the Woods
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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
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
This is 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 #17: Birds 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 #20: The Garden Route: Nature’s Valley and Wilderness
South Africa Post #21: Endangered Bontebok
South Africa Post #22: Top Five Cape Town ExperiencesSouth Africa Post #23: Chasing Rainbows in South Africa
South Africa Post #24: Vegan Wanderlust in South Africa
South Africa Post #25: Ubuntu