Category Archives: Wildside Nature Tours Trip Report

Zimbabwe Nov 2017: Hwange NP

From Mana Pools we flew over the Zambezi and Kariba Dam to Hwange National Park in eastern Zimbabwe on the border with Botswana.  Hwange is Zimbabwe’s largest reserve, holding one of the highest concentrations of wildlife in Africa, in particular buffalo and elephants. More than 45,000 elephants roam here (considerably more than the area shouldContinue Reading

Zimbabwe Nov 2017: Mana Pools NP

  Our 12-day African safari began on the eastern edge of Mana Pools National Park in northern Zimbabwe. From our bush camps at Ruckomechi and neighbouring Little Ruckomechi, we enjoyed exploring a range of habitats teeming with wonderful wildlife. Elephants were among the first to greet us, as they roamed freely amongst the tents. WeContinue Reading

Sri Lanka Jan 2018 : Yala NP & Lowland Wetlands

Our last destination was the magnificent Yala National Park, Sri Lanka’s second largest and most popular park, hugging the Indian Ocean along the southeast coast. Encompassing nearly 400 square miles of habitat, mostly off-limits to visitors, the park is famous for a high density of leopards, along with abundant elephants, deer, monkeys, and birds. WeContinue Reading

Sri Lanka Jan 2018 : Horton Plains & Highlands

In the south-central highlands around Nuwara Eliya, we reached elevation 6000 ft at the very scenic Horton Plains National Park. Our morning in the park dawned in a swirling mist that gave way to expansive stunning vistas. Amid undulating grasslands framed by lush green valleys and mountain peaks, we found a wonderful assortment of birdsContinue Reading

Sri Lanka Jan 2018 : Sinharaja Forest Reserve

We began our wonderful 11-day adventure in Sri Lanka with an overnight stay in an ocean-side hotel a short distance from the Colombo Airport. Our time there was brief, but we enjoyed observing fishermen launch their boats at sunrise, and seeing Whiskered Terns dive and swirl over the waves. From there, we worked our way southeastContinue Reading