Sri Lanka - best for wildlife outside Africa
Take a look at this incredible photo blog of a tiny island called Sri Lanka, just over three times the size of Kruger National Park, where some amazing wildlife safaris await you. The species diversity alone, makes Sri Lanka certainly one of the best destinations for wildlife outside Africa.
It doesn't matter where in Sri Lanka you choose to travel, you can always fit in a safari to see Wild elephants in one of the main National Parks. And those baby Elephants can be oh so cute as they play under their mummy's stomach.
What are your chances of spotting Leopards in Sri Lanka? Quite high!! In fact, unlike in other parts of the world, the Leopard is Sri Lanka’s top predator and roams freely inside the National Parks.We love to visit Kumana National Park for uncrowded safaris and it's so rich in wildlife, including some great Leopard safaris. And if camping inside a Park is your thing, there's no better place for it.
Those cuddly creatures are so shy but let me clue you in...come during the months of May and June when the fruits they love (Palu) are in season, and you will stand quite a good chance to spot them roaming around inebriated.
You will see them everywhere in the island - up in the hills of Kandy, throughout the cultural triangle, but inside Sri Lanka's National Parks, especially in Yala, Udawalawe, Minneriya, Kumana, Kaudulla, Wilpattu and the rain forests of Sinharaja, you can observe different species and how they behave - we call it our Monkey Treks. It's quite fun watching their antics even though this family of Toque Macaques are rather serious about something!
The last count of bird species was 500...and still counting! Incredible for an island this size. Every year, from November onwards, ardent bird watchers from across the world flock to Sri Lanka with their checklists, bird books, binoculars and massive zoom lenses to spot the 33 endemics.
WHALES AND DOLPHINS
Blue Whales the size of a bus, incredible pods of Dolphins and so much more can be spotted across the oceans of Sri Lanka, especially off the coasts of Mirissa, Kalpitiya and Trincomalee where you can do boat safaris or even stay overnight on a Yacht.
CROCODILES, DEER AND MORE WILD CREATURES
If you travel with a responsible wildlife safari tour operator who does not merely chase after Leopards for the entire safari, you will truly begin to appreciate the incredibly diversity of wildlife in Sri Lanka. Watching Crocodiles hunt inside and outside water, can be so fascinating on a wildlife safari.From the Spotted Deer, to Sambur Deer to the shy and elusive Barking Deer, these creatures give the first warning sign of a predator lurking close by. Our guest's love to learn about these alarm calls!
Want to book one of the most captivating wildlife safaris in Sri Lanka? Just enquire from Ayu in the Wild. Our Guides love to tell you the most amazing wildlife stories ever!