First adventure. Taking a bus from Colombo to Wilpattu. Where am I? We don’t even know how much it is. Just jumped on. Bought some snacks, wrapped in somebody’s homework. And we’re ready. It’s so hot! Good morning from Sri Lanka, today we will do a safari. I got food and water, let’s go. This is our tour bus, only for us, and let’s go. 5.30 a.m. so much fun. Hopefully, we see lots of animals. Forgot to tell you, where are we? – Country number 20, we’re in Sri Lanka. – Yes after a short bus ride from Colombo to Wilpattu… Because we arrived in Colombo. A very unexciting city only stayed there for 2 nights and then headed with the local bus… – that was an adventure! Local party bus, we drove 4.5 hours to Wilpattu. – North of Colombo. And now we’re going to do a safari. We really hope to see some of these. The bear is very likely, leopards probably not, they don’t show that often. With luck? – Yes, and also not many elephants. You find them more in the south. Maybe we spot some? But lots of birds should be there too. Birdwatching. – We are very excited to find out what waits for us. Another 5 minutes and then we jump back on the Jeep. Private Jeep. We’re alone on it. – The whole tour takes 12 hours. 6 a.m. until 6 p.m. – My ass will thank me for that. – And we got breakfast and lunch. – And also water. – Yes, water. Our accommodation is also amazing! The boss there is also very nice. Let’s see what we will find. – Hopefully lots of animals! What is prohibited? – No fire, no littering, no feeding, no loud noises, no alcohol, no dogs and don’t get out of the jeep. We’re ready now. Our driver has our tickets and writes us into a book. When we leave again they will cross us out probably. So they know that everybody left the National Park. – Or get eaten by leopards. – Or that. There is probably a statistic of how many people are missing. We have our very first National Park experience. We spotted a wild elephant. Well, that’s a little exaggerated. We see his tail moving. – You probably won’t see it. We will not show you. – With lots of imagination. But probably only a puppet with a mechanical moving tail. When we stop and keep looking to one side, we will get attacked from this side by a leopard and torn to pieces. What did we see so far? – An elephant’s tail. A hidden elephant, a bear that was already gone. – Many birds. Many birds, many peacocks, buffalos. – Deers. – Deers. Monkeys. – Monkeys. Different monkeys. Not the typical ones we know from Thailand. We hope we see lots more. Now a lot is happening. We saw quite a few things now. A leopard directly in front of us… well close to us. In the back are buffalos, many. And real warthogs. – Pumba. Lots of Pumbas. And it’s only 9? – 9 o’clock. This is unbelievable. There is an elephant. It’s so great, this safari is so worth it already. We saw so many things. Probably all of it and we have so much time left. An elephant in the free wilderness. This is unbelievable. We’re on the toilet break and we are surrounded by monkeys? Those bastards, they almost stole our breakfast. I hate monkeys. They steal everything. And here… by the way first stop, it’s 9 a.m. probably. And we’re at a lake and there is an elephant in the middle of the lake. I can’t believe it. It’s so amazing. Like in a movie. Like in a movie. There is only a lion missing. But we saw a leopard today, a leopard! I can picture us pushing the car through the sand. This is how you drive on the sand. After almost 7 hours of the safari, we got back to the same spot we had our breakfast. And? The elephant is still here! We watched him a little, he is eating seagrass. Takes it out, cleans it and eats it. So cool. Wanna have! We are following a leopard. Amazing. He’s just walking down the street really chilled. Beautiful animal. So cool, we followed the leopard for 20 minutes or more. He kept on walking along the street and now he took a turn to walk in there. We saw 2 leopards. Some people don’t even see one and we saw two. But no bear yet. Even if we don’t spot a bear, it doesn’t matter, we saw 2 leopards! And the second time was even better. He just walked right in front of us, not bothered by us following him. We could not even pass him, even if we wanted to. And then he disappeared. His graceful walk, and so beautiful. And his fur. – And so smooth. So smooth. Unbelievable. I can’t even explain it. – Cool. The safari was very cool… but also very exhausting. 12 Hours were enough… or too much? We paid 81 Euros. 41 for entrance to the park (for both) and 40 Euros for the jeep. The entrance fee for the National park is the same, for half- or full-day safari.
You can only save on the jeep. And the costs for the car are divided by the people driving with it.
Unfortunately, it was only the two of us, but you could save some here. So, we are on our way to Trinkomalee. – From Habarana. Took a local bus and had to change buses twice so far? Yes, twice. – Driving around in a zigzag but coolest and easiest and cheapest way to get around in Sri Lanka. And everybody helps you. We just walk down the street, they ask us where we want to go. If they can help us, point us to the next bus stop. Just amazing. Easy, not complicated, polite, so far thumbs up Sri Lanka. Without any intention, just want to help you. Sri Lanka, great so far!