“Sri Lanka 🇱🇰 ~Yala National Park Safari“

We left our tented camp at 4:40AM this morning. The drive time was over an hour to what is called block 5 of Yala National Park. It was so beautiful!

We were limited to a smaller part of the park on this dude, due to high water, from recent monsoon conditions, but what we got to see was great. This Park is very heavy in bird wildlife, and Crocodiles. We did wait for awhile to see another Leopard come out of the bush, to get back to its kill, from the night before (it was seen dragging its kill into a bush by the road) But, there were many Wild Buffalo around, and Leopards are leery of them, so it stayed hidden. We were able to determine where the Leopard was hiding, by the warning calls made by the deer, as well as the direction the deer were looking, as they stayed frozen like a statue in place. Eventually, we decided to move on, with no Leopard sighting this time.

Yesterday was our full-day Safari. Today we get a four-hour game run in the morning, then back to camp. The plan was to go back out in the evening, but the weather turned on us and it really stormed! We chose to do our final half day game run the next morning.

~Yala National Park is a huge area of forest, grassland and lagoons bordering the Indian Ocean, in southeast Sri Lanka. It’s home to wildlife such as leopards, sloth bears, elephants and crocodiles; to name a few, as well as hundreds of bird species.

Yala National Park is in the Southeast. See the elephant icons on map
That big bush in the middle, had a catches hidden in it, from the Leopard kill, the day before

“Sri Lanka 🇱🇰 ~Yala National Park. Have You Ever Safari-ed On The Beach?”

Yeah, we haven’t either 😃…. till now! While the Elephants 🐘 do not swim in the ocean, they can be seen walking in the beach. We did not see any on the beach on this day, but what a beautiful place; complete with a fishing village, that unfortunately was off limits to tourists.

“Sri Lanka 🇱🇰“ ~Chelsies First Safari is in Yala National Park”

We could not have asked for a better day! Sri Lanka 🇱🇰 is simply amazing and the wildlife is quite abundant! mWithin our first two hours, we saw a Sloth Bear and Leopard, and a very pregnant, female Leopard 🐆 We would also see Elephants, Water Buffalo, Boar, and so much more!

I enjoyed watching my daughter’s reaction to the wildlife, as much or more, as I enjoyed the animals!
First leopard sighting