27th February 2020
Today was a full day in the park i.e sunrise until sunset – 6.00am to 6.00pm, so an early start.
We arrived at the park entrance at about 5.45am and joined a few other “jeeps” waiting for the park to open. Had this been Yala Block 1 there would have been many dozens if not hundreds of “jeeps”, fortunately Wilpattu is somewhat off the main tourist route and therefore is much quieter than Yala and all the better for it. On reflextion we enjoyed Wilpattu far more than Yala and were really glad we included it in our itinerary, many do not.
We had a exceptional day with outstanding sightings of mammals, including our best views of Leopard of the trip, and many species of bird including a number of Sri Lankan endemics.