On safari: Minneriya National Park, Sri Lanka


Minneriya National Park is in Sri Lanka’s North Central Province, and is dominated by a ‘tank’ (reservoir) built by King Mahasen in the third century AD, originally built to irrigate surrounding agricultural areas. These days – or during dry season, anyway – it’s a Cancun for some 400 wild Asian elephants who come here to drink, procreate and just have the best summer ever. The park is also home to herds of water buffalo and exotic birds, but when you’re in the presence of pachyderms, you’d best step aside.