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  • Day106

    So i cant sea swim when i want....

    October 15, 2019 in Sri Lanka ⋅ 🌧 27 °C

    Arriving at Jetwing Yala we were met by staff who took our bags and our supplies before being provided with lemongrass cleansing towels and ginger iced tea!!
    More importantly we were met by the roaring ocean.
    Whilst being shown to our ocean view room we were Informed we could only sea swim between 10am-5pm..... because of the wild elephants and wildlife that use the beach!!!
    However we could use the 70m pool between 6am-9pm or the gym in between massages or safaris!!!
    The whole place is ridiculous...but we love it!!
    Our bathroom is bigger than the average Tokyo apartment!
    K was disconcerted when I spotted 2 monkeys outside the room who promptly urinated and ran off!!! She then jumped feet at a squirrel.... god knows how she will cope if we see a leopard or elephant in the park!!
    Sat on our balcony for lunch before exploring the hotel and then finished off with beers on the veranda... oh yeah they have dedicated a bar to the Rugby World Cup and r playing all the games... live!!! I may never leave!!
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  • Day110

    Last day at Yala - go the ABs!!

    October 19, 2019 in Sri Lanka ⋅ ⛅ 30 °C

    This am after breakfast we had been told we had “missed” short tail by 30 mins...not to be disappointed we “tracked” him... not hard as we just followed his foot prints across the dunes and found him at the next door property.
    Walking back to our beach we got caught in a monsoon downpour but it was lovely just to sit on the beach and listen to the rain.
    This afternoon has been dominated by the Rugby World Cup quarter finals.
    Now sat with a beer in a deserted bar with NZ winning 22-0 against Ireland at half time. Go the AB’s!!.... the wallabies r on their way home! ( sorry Nathan Skinner our number 1 Find Penguins reviewer!!)
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  • Day109

    A leopard and lots of other things

    October 18, 2019 in Sri Lanka ⋅ ⛅ 29 °C

    Up at 5am for our morning safari to Yala national park 15 mins away.
    We were greeted by a large group of brits who must have arrived yesterday but luckily we took our packed breakfast boxes and met our driver (his name we never quite got at that time in the morning in the dark!!)
    15 mins later we arrived at the park gate....to a queue!!
    A queue of jeeps and tourists- and this is quiet season.
    Once the park opened at 6am in we went and after being under and over taken by kamikaze jeeps we parked up whilst driver joined the queue to get the actual park tickets.
    6.20am In we went .... after being joined by a park guide we never asked for and didn’t want!
    The park was a beautiful mix of water holes and greenery with heaps of water buffalo wallowing up to their horns bathing in the water.
    Suddenly there was a blockage of Jeep’s and whisperings there was a leopard. Anyway to cut the next 10 mins of manic Jeep driving, 7 point turns in front of us and general jostling it was decided the leopard had gone.... then came a call on the guides phone.... another leopard was up ahead.... just from whence we had turned!
    Back up we sped and just got in place to see a male leopard cub 1 yr old walking through the bush just at the side of the road. He was pretty well camouflaged if he wasn’t moving and although we weren’t in a spot for a great photo we did have a clear visual with our eyeballs - we were extremely lucky.
    Despite Yala having the biggest population of leopards in the world (30) they r nervous animals and not easily seen so our sighting this am was special.
    However that was it for leopards. We spent the next 3 hours spotting everything from monitor lizards, mongoose, sambar deer, 100’s of peacocks, to skinks, spotted deer and jackals.
    We arrived back at the hotel at 10am hot and a bit tired.
    Also we hadn’t taken any cash so the guide and driver were pissed off we didn’t tip them- tipping has been the bane of our trip so far- pay your staff properly and do away with tipping!
    Despite this little bit of a sour taste it left us with we had a fabulous am on our Sri Lankan Safari
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  • Day107

    Its been a BIG day!

    October 16, 2019 in Sri Lanka ⋅ 🌧 27 °C

    So we thought we wouldn’t have any news except for our breakfast, views of the pounding surf, photos of the 75m pool blah blah blah..... but then....
    At 3pm we were just leaving our room to go back down to the pool after a rain shower.... and there was an elephant!! Apparently his name is “short tail” and he often frequents the hotel.
    They def don’t feed him but he has spent the past 3 hours walking around the property eating the natural bush.
    We r now sat on our balcony with a wine and some cheese watching short tail as he munched his way towards the beach- loving this place!!
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  • Day106

    Galle to Jetwing Yala

    October 15, 2019 in Sri Lanka ⋅ 🌧 27 °C

    So for all of you still reading this page at day 106 I am v v sorry. The next 5 days are going to be v annoying and probably cringeworthy.
    Today we started with an unexpected free breakfast at our accommodation.
    We then walked to the large supermarket so we could get cheap food and water for the next 5 days so we didn’t have to pay hotel prices!
    It was then our first experience with “PickMe”- an app like Uber through which we booked a car and driver to take us the 3.5 hours to Jetwing Yala.
    Amila turned up early and at an agreed price of $90 we piled our luggage and supplies into his tiny car and off we set just before the agreed 10.30am.
    1.50pm we arrived to the next 5 days of total luxury and doing nothing at Jetwing Yala - our hotel on the edge of Yala National Park and right on the beach. It exceeded expectations and needs a post of its own!
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  • Day108

    Massages and monkeys

    October 17, 2019 in Sri Lanka ⋅ ⛅ 28 °C

    We really can’t show many photos from today as it was the same as yesterday- breakfast, beach, pool, rest- but no “short tail” visit today sadly.
    Instead we went for Ayurveda massages this pm (don’t worry there’s no photos to post!!).
    Now treating ourselves to a beer and dinner instead of more processed cheese and crackers!
    Tmrw it’s safari day so all fingers crossed the leopards know they need to be out playing!!
    Looking at photos it looks as if K has dressed to colour co-ordinate with the surroundings once more!
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  • Day111

    An unexpected goodbye!!

    October 20, 2019 in Sri Lanka ⋅ 🌧 25 °C

    This am we reluctantly checked out of Jetwing Yala and were picked up by our driver Amila to take us to Ella.
    Ella is 2.5 hrs away, in central Sri Lanka hill and tea country.
    https://en.m.wikipedia.org/wiki/Ella,_Sri_Lanka

    We were lamenting about the fact we didn’t see Short Tail before we left.
    As we drove around the corner to exit the property..... there was Shorty!! He came so close to the car we could have touched him through the window.!! We just sat there in wonderment as he stopped and then slowly sauntered past.... I think he came to say he was going to miss us!!
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  • Day109

    A few more safari photos

    October 18, 2019 in Sri Lanka ⋅ ⛅ 29 °C

    We did comment that apart from the leopard we had closer encounters with the wild animals at our hotel!! Lucky!!

  • Day11

    So viele Tiere im Yala NP

    February 2 in Sri Lanka ⋅ ☀️ 30 °C

    Hätte Marc nicht so geistesgegenwärtig so tolle Fotos geschossen😍😘, hätte es von den Leoparden nur zwei einigermaßen gute Fotos gegeben.

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