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Nov 8th, 2009, 02:01 PM
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Yala After An African Safari?

I've just found out that I will most likely be going on yet another safari trip to South Africa next year It's still looking like Sri Lanka for the trip after that in Feb 2011. I had originally planned for a 4 night stay in Yala to get my animal fix, but am now wondering how that will be affected by the week on safari in Kruger.

I'm afraid Kruger will be a hard act to follow, and am also concerned that the Asian rangers will not be trained to the level of SA rangers. Any votes on whether to drop Yala from the itinerary?
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Nov 8th, 2009, 02:29 PM
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Oh, another safari! Fabulous! I have no way to compare Kruger with Yala, but I believe Mohammed has been to both. Hopefully, he'll respond. And I believe Robbietravels has done both as well.

There is so much to do and see in Sri Lanka, you'll certainly have no difficulty filling you time.
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Nov 8th, 2009, 05:52 PM
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Femi, from my research Yala is good for a 2 night stay and not much longer. I have been twice to Africa (Kenya) which from all reports is not that much different from SA (Kruger) and would not expect that experience to compare with what you might experience in SL. I have also done 2 nights at Ranthambore in India so I think I have a good perspective.
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Nov 9th, 2009, 05:10 AM
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Not sure what that last post was about, but Kathie I agree that I won't have any problem coming up with alternatives. As it is I had a hard time keeping the trip under 3 weeks.

Craig how was the time you spent in Ranthambore?

I have a policy of spending a minimum of 3 nights per destination unless it's a break to make travel/transportation more bearable. Mohammed's photographs are very persuasive, after seeing them I'm leaning more toward keeping Yala as a stop.
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Nov 9th, 2009, 05:11 AM
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The 'last post' to which I was referring has been deleted. It wasn't yours Craig. Fast work on the part of Fodor's editors.
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Nov 9th, 2009, 06:42 AM
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Femi, our time at Ranthambore was one of the highlights of our India trip. We stayed at Sher Bagh, a tented camp and were able to track a tiger up close for about 20 minutes on one of our game drives. We felt somewhat rushed with only two nights but we canceled one of our game drives which gave us time to check our a couple of shops and explore the ancient fort for which the game park is named.
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Nov 9th, 2009, 07:08 PM
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Looks like I'll be keeping Yala on the schedule. Thanks Craig.
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Dec 17th, 2009, 06:36 AM
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I've been to Sigiriya, as has Craig (above). We really liked Sigiriya, but Polonnaruwa was our favorite "ancient city."
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