We arrived in Tissamaharama yesterday afternoon from Haputale and checked into our guesthouse, La Safari Inn. We got a decent room for a good price but its fairly obvious people only come here for the safari, there’s not much else to do here.
We left for our safari to Yala National Park at 5am with the animals more active at dawn. We were lucky enough to see a leopard lying atop a large rock just upon entering. Not long after that a large elephant followed by a group of elephants with a calf. Other animals were saw: mongeese, water buffalo, monitor lizards, various birds, wild boar, deer and crocodiles. Well worth the early start and feel very lucky to have seen a leopard. There’s only 25 or so in that park so the odds were stacked against us.
Off to Tangalle tomorrow by bus where we are staying for four days and going to a wedding in-between enjoying the beach!