We all piled into black jeeps and started out for the drive to Yala National Park. The park is mostly dry woodland with open patches of grassland and is divided into five blocks where the animals – including 44 species of mammals – roam free.
As well as loads of elephants we saw water buffalo, peacocks, eagles, wild pigs and a crocodile.
For the longest time we sat in wait as our drivers and tour guides squinted through binoculars at a cheetah in the distance, comfortably laying under the shade of a leafy tree. Cheetahs are shy creatures and this is why we hung around for a better view, as it can be a real treat to see them. I couldn’t spot it, no matter how hard I looked. And zooming in on the camera didn’t help, either!
Well played cheetah, you camouflage yourself very well.
One of the most exciting spottings was seeing a cranky male elephant come stomping towards us, sending all the jeeps in a frenzy to move off the road. What a rush! Our guide told us that this angry fellow is known for getting a little rough with the jeeps which explained why all the drivers were scurrying to get out of his way.
What was different about this safari compared to the earlier one I went on further north of Sri Lanka, was that the elephants we saw weren’t in large herds. There were some in groups of two or three and many were hanging out on their own.
I really loved seeing this beauty, trunk gently swinging as it had a quiet drink in the lake. It was such a peaceful scene and so incredible to be there watching this every day event, just metres away.
It is so fascinating to see animals in the wild. It’s so much nicer to see animals in their natural habitat, instead of gawking at them in the confines of a concrete city zoo.
Have you ever been on safari? I’d love to hear about your animal adventures!
To see more on this visit, click on the photo below to view the Flickr album.
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