Trip Start May 21, 2007
Trip End Aug 08, 2015

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Sunday, July 15, 2007

Yesterday 8 of us headed of for our first Yala experience. The jeep driver was great, although at times on the way there, we were holding on for dear life! But sure that's all part of the fun!
A stretch of Yala borders the beach so it was affected by the Tsunami - 47 people died, including 15 Japanese tourists. Amazingly all animals were accounted for as they had sensed something was going to happen and had moved to higher ground.
Yala is famous for it's leopards but they are hardly ever seen. The guide said there was around 25 of them so compared to the 250/300 elephants the odds of seeing one aren't that great! However we spotted one twice - the first time at "leopard rock" which is where they sleep and the second time one ran out in front of the jeep. We also saw crocodiles, water buffalo, quite a few peacocks and flamingos, elephants, monkeys, deer and wild boar. It was a really good experience. The guide did say there were bears, but we didn't see any. Maybe he meant boar?
The only time we were allowed out of the jeep during the safari, was for a 10min stretch on the bordering beach. It was a nice time to stop because, even though it was still daylight, the sun was starting to set.
On the way back we stopped at Kirindu for a cold drink. It is the town we had visited a few weeks ago on the way back from our Buddhist experiences at Tissa. The sun had set so it was nice to see it at a different time of day. Also it wasn't crowded as it had been the previous time so it was quiet and peaceful.
Today we went to church and then to Oasis hotel for a very nice lunch. It's was Victor's last Sunday for a month as he heads to his conference in UK tomorrow. His wife will be looking after things.
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