TdA never ceases to amaze me. How much can we squeeze into 24 hours?
We departed from Livingston bright and early after receiving a brief precautionary note on the upcoming section and the potential to see elephants. Little did we know that in the first 30 minutes of the morning, we would have a bull elephant charge us down the center of the road! We waited until his ears stopped flapping and he returned to eating in the bush before cycling through that section of road (he had been aggravated by an obnoxious car horn).
The rest of the morning cycle was uneventful until we arrived at the ferry to cross the river into Botswana. The truckers were on strike (and had been for seven days because they were upset at the ferry operators). They blockaded the road with their trucks, but thankfully let our support vehicles and the bicycles pass. A five minute ferry ride and we were into Botswana.
It was noticeably drier and less populated… even in the first 5 km to our river side camp. We rolled in with enough time to go buy an ice cream, grab a shower, and then meet up with a river safari cruise. Most of us were so tired from the long day that we took short naps until we entered into the waters surrounding the national park. Once in the park, we were rewarded with sightings of elephants, hippos, and a crocodile snatching a bird from the shore. The most incredible sunset and full moon rise capped this incredible day!