Two of my friends from back in the States, Amanda and Ashleigh, arrived in Gaborone Monday evening. I am so excited to have them here them and have spent the last week showing them around Botswana. Tuesday morning we woke up early to head north. Since it was a long drive and we had to spend most of the day in the car we spent the night at Elephant Sands, which is a guest house about 30 miles north of Nata. We had intended to do a game drive that night, but the safari vehicle had broken down the previous day. It ended up working out for the best because we were exhausted, so we moved into our chalet, ate dinner and then sat by the watering hole, desperately hoping we might see some animals stop by for a drink. Here is a look at our chalet:
During our drive to Elephant Sands we saw many elephants and giraffes along the side of the road. Aside from the evidence we saw of elephants in the area, there were also the typical warnings. You know how there are deer warning signs? Or moose warning signs in Alaska? Maybe you aren’t aware of those signs in Alaska if you haven’t been there before, but they are there. Well, here in Africa we have elephant warning signs:
Later in the evening I was reminded of the elephant warning signs because we were standing on the porch and began hearing a lot of trees wrestling. The next thing we knew about 20 elephants appeared about 15 feet away from our chalet. This reminded me of the elephant warning signs and made me wonder what type of coverage I had on my rental car for animal incidents. Fortunately there was no incident with the rental car, the elephants walked right past us to the watering hole where they drank for about 20 minutes and then left as peacefully and quietly as they arrived. It was amazing, absolutely magical. Sorry, this isn't the best picture because it was nighttime, but you should be able to make out the shadows of the elephants:
Also along our drive to Nata we saw a dried riverbed which was just shocking. I know there is a lot of debate about global warming and environmental changes, so take a look at this:
Those little islands with the trees on top were at least 20 feet tall and located in dried riverbeds all along the road from Gaborone to Kasane.