Aladdin's adventure Yala National Park - Block 1


Safari on Sri Lanka


Aladdin's adventure Yala National Park - Block 1
Saturday 20th of May 2017 and today I decided to have my lunches at the hotel. Nice with a break and a shower. 12 to 13 hours in the jeep are a wee bit too long so from now on I will have my lunch break at the hotel.

And for sure, we will leave the hotel at 5 thirty instead of 5 o'clock from now on. That will give me 30 minutes of extra sleep instead of sitting outside the ticket office waiting. It is only 5 minutes form the hotel to the gate so we are there before they open anyway. Of course, by then there are a lot of Guides before us in the line to buy the ticket.

We have a 2 minutes ride to the gate from the ticket office. And we are in the park a few minutes after 6 o'clock and by now my driver know that I want to stay away from the other visitors. But to today to road was blocked when we had been driving for 10 minutes or so.

Aladdin's adventure Yala National Park - Block 1
We have the ticket, now we wait to get in to the gate

Aladdin's adventure Yala National Park - Block 1
We have the ticket, now we wait to get in to the gate

Aladdin's adventure Yala National Park - Block 1
We're in the park

Aladdin's adventure Yala National Park - Block 1
A sight like this means a leopard

Aladdin's adventure Yala National Park - Block 1
Imagine this during the high season with hundreds of jeeps in the park. This is the low season!
STAY AWAY FROM YALA DURING THE HIGH SEASON!!!

Aladdin's adventure Yala National Park - Block 1
Imagine this during the high season with hundreds of jeeps in the park. This is the low season!
STAY AWAY FROM YALA DURING THE HIGH SEASON!!!

Aladdin's adventure Yala National Park - Block 1
Imagine this during the high season with hundreds of jeeps in the park. This is the low season!
STAY AWAY FROM YALA DURING THE HIGH SEASON!!!

Aladdin's adventure Yala National Park - Block 1
Imagine this during the high season with hundreds of jeeps in the park. This is the low season!
STAY AWAY FROM YALA DURING THE HIGH SEASON!!!

Aladdin's adventure Yala National Park - Block 1 - Leopard
My first leopard in Yala National Park

Aladdin's adventure Yala National Park - Block 1 - Leopard
My first leopard in Yala National Park

We could see the cars from a great distance and we understood that they had seen a leopard. We arrived to the cars and it was impossible to pass the cars. But me Guide/ Driver, excellent driver and he won't take a no. We went a “little” off road and we could see the leopard.

A beautiful sight as the leopard was sleeping on top of the rock. We could see that the leopard had a slight injury. The sun was coming up and as soon as it was getting a little hotter the leopard would leave the rock and go to seek shelter in the shadow. We had a few pictures and then as a courtesy to the other visitors we continued. We drove 100 meters and we turned around to get the leopard from the other angle.

Yeah, I cannot help but wonder how many would leave so others could see the leopard. We are in the middle of the low season and there are only 20 to 40 jeeps i the park. I was told that there are several hundred jeeps during the high season.

My Guide/ Driver told me that there were even long lines of jeeps waiting to have a look at the lizards. And as everywhere else, safari should be done during low season where they don't have any limits on how many jeeps are allowed in the park.

Aladdin's adventure Yala National Park - Block 1 - Leopard
My first leopard in Yala National Park

Aladdin's adventure Yala National Park - Block 1 - Leopard
The leopard is waking up and he will soon be gone

Aladdin's adventure Yala National Park - Block 1 - Leopard
The leopard is waking up and he will soon be gone

Aladdin's adventure Yala National Park - Block 1 - Leopard
The leopard is waking up and he will soon be gone

Aladdin's adventure Yala National Park - Block 1 - Leopard
Plenty people want to have a glimpse

Aladdin's adventure Yala National Park - Block 1 - Leopard
The leopard is waking up and he will soon be gone

Aladdin's adventure Yala National Park - Block 1 - Leopard
The leopard is leaving

Aladdin's adventure Yala National Park - Block 1 - Leopard
Plenty people want to have a glimpse

Aladdin's adventure Yala National Park - Block 1 - Leopard
Plenty people want to have a glimpse

Aladdin's adventure Yala National Park - Block 1 - Leopard
The leopard is coming out from behind the rock

Aladdin's adventure Yala National Park - Block 1 - Leopard
The leopard is coming out from behind the rock

Aladdin's adventure Yala National Park - Block 1 - Leopard
The leopard is coming out from behind the rock

We left the leopard and we drove around looking for more leopards and birds, and of course, other wildlife. We passed two jeeps from the same company and one of the jeeps had come to full stop. And it was impossible to start the jeep. I remember them from back when we watched the leopard. They just stopped next to us without stopping their engines. And the poor engine sounded like it was spitting and about to go dead any second.

I told my Guide/ Driver to ask them to stop the engine. It was a terrible sound, od course, the only reaction was that they looked at me like I was crazy. Well, here we are 45 minutes later. I told my Guide that I was no Mechanic, but anyone could hear that here was something wrong with the engine back at the leopard.

Our Team tried to help them but it was impossible to move the jeep and we gave up. We were soon on the way again looking for excitements and wild life.

Aladdin's adventure Yala National Park - Block 1
Their engine have stopped

Asian Openbill Stork, Anastomus oscitans, นกปากห่าง
Asian Openbill Stork - นกปากห่าง

Asian Openbill Stork, Anastomus oscitans, นกปากห่าง
Asian Openbill Stork - นกปากห่าง

Asian Openbill Stork, Anastomus oscitans, นกปากห่าง
Asian Openbill Stork - นกปากห่าง

Rose-ringed Parakeet, Psittacula krameri, Ring-necked Parakeet, Ring-necked parakeet
The Rose-ringed parakeet

Rose-ringed Parakeet, Psittacula krameri, Ring-necked Parakeet, Ring-necked parakeet
The Rose-ringed parakeet

Rose-ringed Parakeet, Psittacula krameri, Ring-necked Parakeet, Ring-necked parakeet
The Rose-ringed parakeet

Rose-ringed Parakeet, Psittacula krameri, Ring-necked Parakeet, Ring-necked parakeet
The Rose-ringed parakeet

Rose-ringed Parakeet, Psittacula krameri, Ring-necked Parakeet, Ring-necked parakeet
The Rose-ringed parakeet

Rose-ringed Parakeet, Psittacula krameri, Ring-necked Parakeet, Ring-necked parakeet
The Rose-ringed parakeet

Oriental Magpie-robin, Copsychus saularis
Oriental Magpie-robin

Aladdin's adventure Yala National Park - Block 1 - Painted stork
Painted stork

Aladdin's adventure Yala National Park - Block 1 - Painted stork
Painted stork

Aladdin's adventure Yala National Park - Block 1 - Crocodile
Crocodile

Aladdin's adventure Yala National Park - Block 1 - Crocodile
Crocodile

Yellow-crowned woodpecker or Mahratta woodpecker, Leiopicus mahrattensis
Yellow-crowned woodpecker or Mahratta woodpecker

Yellow-crowned woodpecker or Mahratta woodpecker, Leiopicus mahrattensis
Yellow-crowned woodpecker or Mahratta woodpecker

Yellow-crowned woodpecker or Mahratta woodpecker, Leiopicus mahrattensis
Yellow-crowned woodpecker or Mahratta woodpecker

Yellow-crowned woodpecker or Mahratta woodpecker, Leiopicus mahrattensis
Yellow-crowned woodpecker or Mahratta woodpecker

It had been a gorgeous morning we just had to make a stop at the Yellow-crowned woodpecker tree. I need more pictures, this is the hardest bird I have ever experienced. It is easy enough to Aladdin's adventure Yala National Park - Block 1 - Ticket officeget the pictures as the bird isn't scared. But both the female and the male are very hard to get. Maybe because of the colours. But there is just no way I manage to get and sharpness on the bird photos. And we made one more try, and I failed again.

We stop at the ticket office on the way back to the hotel. If we leave we have to pay a second entrance fee and it is better to have it done. Maybe a lot of people when we return after lunch.

It was very nice to come back to my room. A shower and room service. Grilled cheese sandwiches and fruit salad. Of course, a pot of tea. They had turned my towels in to an elephant so I could not use them for my shower. And thanks to Laya Safari, I had a new friend in my room and the elephant will stay with me until check out. Is there room for the elephant in my bag?

Aladdin's adventure Yala National Park - Laya Safari

Aladdin's adventure Yala National Park - Laya Safari

I was on the parking lot a few minutes before 2 thirty and my Gide / Driver was there and we were soon on our way to the afternoon safari. More leopards? More beautiful birds? Any wildlife to be seen? Many questions and you just need to click HERE to find the answers.

The roads were not better in Africa back in 2014



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