Colombo is awesome, but there is soooo much more to see in Sri Lanka. After a few days of visiting relatives, we hit the road. Our first destination: Minneriya National Park and Wildlife Sanctuary.
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We arrived late in the afternoon. Apparently the best time to go is in the morning (and in August) - so the staff were a bit surprised by our arrival. We piled into a jeep anyway and prepared for a wild, dangerous adventure.
And apparently this is my safari face:
We stood up in the jeep holding the cages and drove through the park for about two hours, ducking for branches along the way. Our guide said he wasn't sure we would see an elephant - but that we would give it "full try - full try."
Even though it wasn't the right time of day or the right season, there were still loads of beautiful birds in the park.
(Peacock ≠ elephant.)
And even though we didn't see very many animals in the park, the scenery itself was really lovely.
(bird ≠ elephant.)
Sri Lanka is home to some of the most beautiful birds in the world.
Monkey! A Grey Langur.
(monkey = awesome! But monkey ≠ elephant.)
We saw a family of spotted deer frolicking in the woods.
(deer = cute... but deer ≠ elephant.)
And then they saw us.
But they didn't dart - they kept eating. Apparently my safari face is not very intimidating.
After our two hour tour, we left the park. But our driver took us on a little side route before heading back to the hotel. You see - apparently the road cuts through part of the giant national park. At dusk, you've got just much chance of seeing elephants near the road. And as the sun began to set, to the right of the road, we saw three elephants walking along the edge of the woods!
Because it was dark, it was really hard to get a good shot... but I still managed to capture the moment. Elephant = elephant!
eee! It was really amazing and a very different feeling to see an elephant in the wild. So majestic!
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