We were up at silly O’Clock (5.30am) ready for our full day safari and the tracker and Jeep collected us from our hotel.
We saw wild elephants with their young, water buffalo, mongoose, monitor lizards, warthogs, bee eaters, crocodiles but unfortunately, no leopards. The park only has 35 so they are fairly hard to come by.
Our tracker worked so hard looking for elephants and leopards and informed us of everything he saw, often stopping other Jeeps to swap information.
There were a lot of Jeeps at the park in the morning.
A break at 10.30am surprised us with no toilet facilities and dozens and dozens of people looking a bit lost and confused. The location of the break was an absolutely stunning beach setting but – no washroom facilities!
We stopped at the same place for lunch and the tracker/guide had cooked us Sri Lankan curry and rice which we ate like natives – thoroughly enjoyable!
Unfortunately, due to the heat and humidity, you have to consume plenty of fluid resulting in a dash to the trees and bushes (bearing in mind the wildlife around). This certainly added to the experience!
You are not allowed out of the vehicle at all during your trip around Yala National Park so it would be wise to keep this in mind on booking.
We felt that a half day safari would have been plenty and we were quite pleased (and so were our bladders) to be heading back to the hotel after a full 12 hours with just two bush toilet stops (10.30am and 1pm).
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