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.