Sri Lanka 2017 – Safari in Yala National Park

Yala National Park

Sunrise at Yala National Park
Sunrise at Yala National Park

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

It may be a good idea to get up early when visiting a tourist attraction, which many other tourists will also visit – so there is a chance to get ahead of the queue by purchasing tickets.

So we had a departure at 5.45 (in the morning!) from the hotel.

On the way we saw some other road signs than those we see in Denmark!

Beware - bull on the road!
Beware – bull on the road!

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

The big Yala National Park is the oldest national park in Sri Lanka – established in the 1930s.

We drove around in jeeps, where 6 people could sit in each seat with nice opportunities for everyone to take pictures.

The park was with savannah vegetation and varied between open plains, a bit closer forest and scrub and lakes where a lot of animals belonged. So there was plenty to look at and take pictures of.

The National Park was significantly destroyed by the tsunami in 2004, but it was not seen in 2017.

Different animals in the park

Here comes a sample of the animals we saw.

Some wild-boar came by:

Wild-boar
Wild-boar

 

 

 

 

 

 

And a peacock

Peacock
Peacock

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

And a bird, which I can not remember the name of

Bird
Bird

 

 

 

 

 

 

Civet-cat was also

Civet-cat
Civet-cat

 

 

 

 

 

Civet-cat
Civet-cat

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Then there became more horrifying with some crocodiles

Crocodile
Crocodile

 

 

 

 

Another crocodile
Another crocodile

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Here are some lovely water buffaloes

Water buffaloes
Water buffaloes

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

A stork. This stork, however, belongs to a species other than the storks we find in northern Europe. Here are the “white stork” (Latin: Ciconia ciconia). See for example the website about Bergenhusen 2017, Hør storkene knebre og besøg Storkemuseum (in Danish).

The small town of Bergenhusen is only approx. 60 km south of the Danish border.

Stork
Stork

 

 

 

 

 

 

And an elephant!

Elephant
Elephant

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

And a lot of birds, which unfortunately I can not remember the names of

Birds
Birds

 

 

 

 

 

 

Bird
Bird

 

Bird
Bird

 

 

 

 

 

On our way back to our hotel – Kithala Resort – we met even more water buffaloes. It was probably not the same as we saw in the Yala National Park itself!

Water buffaloes on the road
Water buffaloes on the road

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Close to the hotel there were hard-working people in the rice fields

Working in the rice field
Working in the rice field

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

…… although it was still hot – at least after Danish conditions:

31 degrees Celsius in Sri Lanka
31 degrees Celsius in Sri Lanka

 

 

 

 

 

In the hotel room there were also animals!

A big surprise awaited us when we got up to our room at the hotel – another elephant!

But it was made of washcloths!

It was incredibly nice made by the hotel staff.

Elephant made of washcloths in our hotel room
Elephant made of washcloths in our hotel room

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Even though they probably did not expect it 🙂 we left little US Dollars for hotel staff when we leaved

Elephant made of washcloths
Elephant made of washcloths

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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