■ SRI LANKA, YALA NATIONAL PARK: Adjacent to the most luxurious hotel I’ve ever stayed in, overlooking a scenic beach, deep inside Sri Lanka’s biggest national park stands an abandoned beachfront villa! The house was abandoned a decade ago and is now slowly being reclaimed by nature.
Seeing this incredible structure from the beach I knew I had to investigate. But hotel security was circling me like vultures over a limping hyena on its fourth day without sustenance! So how was I to enter and explore this picturesque wooden house? This called for some sneaky improvisation….