On safari in Yala National Park
04.02.2014 - 04.02.2014 33 °C
If you look at the map of my trip, you may think it was a long way to go out of the way for a 2hr (plus travel time from the hotel) game-spotting drive in the south-east of Sri Lanka. But this is Yala NP, and therefore not your run-of-the-mill safari. Yala is renowned for leopard sightings! The other special thing about Yala, well worth supporting, is that it is still in recovery from the tsunami.
The park boundary goes right down to the sea, and the seawater came in at a number of places.
Soon after entering the park we spotted this croc cooling off by the side of a lagoon, followed by a number of excellent bird sightings. As I'm not very knowledgeable about birds, here's one that I was able to confidently identify.
We also saw a few herds of deer, including some Bambis!
But the highlight would have to have been another very special elephant encounter - I've been truly spoiled on this trip with elephants and elephant babies.
At one point things got a little edgy when an adult elephant decided there were too many vehicles around, and started stamping its foot to protect the little one.
We moved on to give them some peace.
Alas no (big) cats for me on this drive, but I did see a little dog - a jackal going about its business.