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National Parks

May 10, 2014


Since being in Sri Lanka, I have been to five national parks dotted all over the country (Minneriya, Kaudulla, Yala, Bundala and now Sinharaja). During my various safaris I have been fortunate to see a leopard basking in the early morning sun on a rock, a sloth bear feeding high in the treetops; 80 wild […]

The Cultural Triangle – Anuradhapura – Day 2

May 7, 2014


Anuradhapura is one of three points of an imaginary triangle that lies in three Sinhalese capitals and where I stayed over night. The other places are Kandy in the south and Polonnaruwa in the east. The sun broke through the curtains of my room early and I awoke to sit in the garden of my […]


February 25, 2014


When I first explained my itinerary to Ashok he looked at me quizzically. “You want to go Delhi to Jaipur, Jaipur to Ranthambhore, Ranthambhore to Bharatpur and Bharatput to Agra,” he said shaking his head from side to side. “Yes, what’s the problem?” I asked looking him straight in the eye. He let out a […]

Python – Keoladeo National Park

February 25, 2014


After being disappointed at missing out on seeing a tiger I was rewarded last night by seeing a fat snake in Bharatpur. I was walking along the pathway of Keoladeo National Park (a UNESCO World Heritage Site) and a naturalist persuaded me to climb down the steep bank into the bushes to peer closely at […]

Day 2 – Wildlife in Entebbe

March 3, 2012


“Seventy-two hours!” said the man at the mobile service centre in Entebbe town. “There are many people who have registered a SIM. It should be activated by Monday or maybe Tuesday, you just have to be patient.” Once again that catchphrase T.I.A was ringing in my ears. I certainly hope he’s right, because where I’m going, […]

Wildlife Trafficking

December 30, 2010


Each year more than a quarter of a million smuggled animals are seized by Brazil’s special police task force. The fight against this illegal trade is one, the authorities say, they are winning. According to the special environmental police battalion, it has cut the traffic in exotic animals onto the market by 80 per cent compared […]