After a few days of speaking with some locals, we heard of a location that you might be able to spot some nice wildlife. So we rented a scooter to find this word of mouth spot. It was just before sunset, we left on our two wheeled, two person safari. We took the scoot down a small road to a smaller road, eventually to a dirt footpath that was used for a few tea field workers. As we approach the first layer of jungle, it partly opens up for the small tea fields. After bottoming out the little scooter several times I shut off the motor to the site of a small family of elephants! It was instantly incredible for my Canadian brain to whiteness such a sight. The two of us alone, in quiet a remote location observing the family in their natural environment.
Some time later we noticed many more elephants slowly emerging from the jungle all around us. I don’t know much about elephants, but at this point I’m thinking about several Sri Lankan’s telling me about elephants getting quite aggressive. Both of us questioned the moment and our immediate future plans.
After evaluating the body language of the elephants and our quiet situation, we decided to get in a bit closer. We walked up to a high point to have a better vantage. Between the calm sounds of the grazing elephants and surrounding sounds of life within the trees, it was a majestic moment. With an intensely beautiful sunset behind us it was hard to know where to focus the attention. The elephants of course won and lured me closer. I ventured in and climbed a log for some photos, after a few snaps the battery was done which was best for the moment. I walked up the fallen log and realised I was maybe 50 meters from a group of 6 or so. It was so humbling to watch a slice of the elephant life.
While walking back I noticed the sound of bees or wasps overhead in a massive tree, it was loud and intimidating, I didn’t hang around any longer than I had too. Right about now i’m feeling like I’m on a proper safari, with large flocks of parrots flying past.
I joined Yvet & two late arriving friends atop the hill to an approaching field worker carrying an axe and flashlight. We spoke with the nice man about the wildlife and surrounding area in broken english. He then directed the flashlight into the marshland below to about 50 glowing crocodile eyes. Mother nature is all around us.
The sun has set and its best to get home soon. We cautiously drove the little scooter back to the main road and left with an epic and unforgettable memory.
We returned home to the 3 room guest house and spoke with the family about our day. Unfamiliar with our earlier location the husband told us he was impressed and we were lucky to see any elephants.
You have to speak with everyone around you to unlock these moments. Create your catalysts.