Tour de Tuli 2016: Day 3 – Death by Endo

Just another one of those incredible days in Africa, really … Early dawn time-lapses while sipping on a Bean There Coffee Company cappucino in the rock-choked gullies above Amphitheatre Bush Camp led onto some trippy and technical single-track zigzagging through endless fields of rocks, and then segued into the mopane belt proper.

A fantastic sighting of two hyenas arguing about a baboon carcass (we think) set the bar for the day as far as wildlife sightings go. The ellies did not disappoint, once again, and we cranked past a massive herd en route to the Brunch Stop.

What we did miss was the leopard, damnit! Mosa Dibsy Masupe and his group rolled up just behind us at brunch, and with eyes wide told us about a leopard dashing across the trail in front of them. Trent Sinclair reckons we would have spotted it, but we were travelling at warp speed and it just went WTF as we blasted past him.

We were however treated to an overdose of teddy-bear-cuddly baby giraffes, lilac breasted rollers, crimson-breasted shrikes, kudu, eland and herds of impala scattering at our approach … I’ve never seen the #TuliBlock bush veldt this alive in half a dozen trips up into this wilderness area.

Most of the adrenaline ended up coming our way from the#TDT wild riders. One of the approaches into the Sashi River in particular wreaked havoc on the field, and I immediately realised we’d struck gold as I fish-tailed down the steep bank in a cloud of dust.

Once you’ve negotiated this sand-and-rock chute, avoided going over your handle-bars and dodged the crocodiles in the deeper pools, you were home and dry along a final 10km dog-leg into Mapungubwe and the camp for the final two nights. Cue an ice cold beer!

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