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Bentota: Yala National Park Safari Jeep Tour

1. Bentota: Yala National Park Safari Jeep Tour

Head off on a wildlife and nature adventure on a Jeep safari tour in Yala National Park. Keep an eye out for indigenous animals, including sloth bears, jackals, and more. Learn about Sri Lanka's most-visited park from your local guide. After your hotel pickup in Bentota, sit back and relax in your car as you make your way to Yala National Park. The park is Sri Lanka's second-largest wildlife park and an important nature reserve for around 50 butterfly species and many bird species. Upon arrival, embark on your safari drive by Jeep, keeping an eye out for local leopards and elephants in their natural habitat. Spot other indigenous animals, such as sloth bears, jackals, mongoose, axis deer, buffalos, wild boars, sambar deer, and hares. After the safari, journey back to Bentota to be dropped off back at your accommodation.

Galle/Unawatuna/Weligama/Mirissa: Yala National Park Safari

2. Galle/Unawatuna/Weligama/Mirissa: Yala National Park Safari

Your experience begins with a pickup from your hotel in either the Galle, Unawatuna, Weligama or Mirissa areas. From there, relax on your drive to Yala National Park. Upon arrival you'll go for a safari drive by Jeep, keeping an eye out for local leopards and elephants in their natural habitat. Other indigenous wildlife which are able to be spotted in this park includes sloth bears, jackals, mongoose, spotted deers, buffalo, wild boars, sambhur, and hare. Now the most-visited park in Sri Lanka, Yala is also an important nature reserve for 50 species of butterflies and many species of birds. After the safari, journey back to your point of origin to be dropped off back to your accommodation.

Hikkaduwa: Yala National Park Jeep Safari Private Day Tour

3. Hikkaduwa: Yala National Park Jeep Safari Private Day Tour

Discover Yala National Park, the second-largest wildlife park in Sri Lanka on a Private Jeep Safari Tour from Hikkaduwa. Experience unspoiled natural beauty and amazing wildlife. Begin with a pickup from your hotel in Hikkaduwa. From there, relax on your drive to Yala National Park. Upon arrival, embark on a safari drive by Jeep, keeping an eye out for local leopards and elephants in their natural habitat. Encounter other indigenous animals such as sloth bears, jackals, mongoose, spotted deers, buffalo, wild boars, sambhur, and hare. Have your camera at the ready as you roam through these animals' natural habitat. You'll also get to see a variety of butterflies and species of birds. After the safari, journey back to your accommodation in Hikkaduwa.

Yala National Park: Leopard Safari Full day tour with Lunch

4. Yala National Park: Leopard Safari Full day tour with Lunch

After being picked up from your hotel in the local area at around 5:00 AM, you will enter Yala National Park to explore the light forests, scrubs, grasslands, lagoons, and magnificent range of animals. Over nearly 400 square miles, the park consistently wows visitors, with its range of lagoons, riparian zones, monsoon jungles, and more, supporting a veritable arc of fauna. As you traverse the park, get the best view of it all from a modified game viewing safari Jeep. After exploring the vast park for a few hours at the helm of your knowledgeable guide, you’ll stop for a picnic lunch at a beautiful viewing spot. Unwind for a while after lunch and get ready to enjoy your second round of the game drive.  As you criss-cross through the stunning landscape, you have the opportunity to see elephants, sloth bears, toque monkeys, wild boar, water monitors, marsh crocodiles, and perhaps the crown jewel of Yala National Park, the spotted leopard—of which the park has one of the highest densities in the world. After your full day of safari exploration, you’ll be transported back to your accommodation, thrilled at the preserved piece of nature that you have experienced.

From Ella: Transfer to Mirissa/Galle & Yala Safari Day Trip

5. From Ella: Transfer to Mirissa/Galle & Yala Safari Day Trip

Combine a transfer from Ella, Haputale, or Bandarawela from Mirissa or Galle with a thrilling day trip to Yala National Park. Experience the immense biodiversity of this park on this Sri Lankan animal safari and stop to eat a delectable packed meal. Be picked up from your accommodation in Ella, Haputale or Bandarawela. Relax and take in the local scenery on the drive to Yala National Park. Board an an open-topped safari jeep to get the best views and photo angles. See the animals during the day when they are the most active. Watch for leopards, sloth bears, elephants, crocodiles, monkeys, water buffalos, and a large variety of bird species. Get some great shots of these magnificent creatures. Hear about about the wildlife and get photography tips from your local guide. Let your guide show you the spots where the animals are likely to congregate. Have a nice packed meal before heading back to your air-conditioned car for the ride to your accommodation in Mirissa, Weligama, Unawatuna or Galle.

Yala National Park: 3-Day Private Luxury Glamping Experience

6. Yala National Park: 3-Day Private Luxury Glamping Experience

Immerse yourself in the nature of South Asia and embark on a glamping adventure at the 2nd largest national park in Sri Lanka, Yala. Upon arrival at Tissamarama, check into your luxurious campsite and get acquainted with the onsite amenities. Spend some time to relax, savor a delicious lunch at the campsite’s main restaurant or at one of the many outdoor locations. Venture out into the wilderness on a game drive to explore the natural landscapes of Sri Lanka. Keep an eye out as you look for leopards in their natural habitat. Afterward, head back to camp and freshen up before drinks, appetizers, and a delicious meal around the campfire. Wake up to freshly brewed Ceylon tea or coffee, leave the campsite, and trek through thick bushes with pathway access to a wonderful lake that offers breathtaking views and bird watching opportunities. Encounter elephants, deer, palm squirrels, wild boar, both endemic and migratory birds, butterflies, and land monitors slithering around the lake. Listen to singing birds while you eat breakfast by a private lake. Return to camp for lunch before heading out on a game drive at Bundala National Park which harbors a rich birdlife, including several species of migratory waterfowl. Take an alfresco shower followed by drinks and appetizers around the campfire before tucking into a BBQ meal. Leave for a morning game drive before breakfast. After a refreshing breakfast, check out and return to your hotel.

From Bentota: Full-Day Yala National Park Safari Tour

7. From Bentota: Full-Day Yala National Park Safari Tour

You'll be picked up from your hotel before heading to Yala National Park, a nature-lovers paradise.  Visit Yala National Park and explore its 126,786 hectares, Yala is famous for its big herds and large numbers of Elephants, Leopards, Spotted Deer, Sambhur, Crocodiles, Mongoose, Wild Boar, Wild Buffalo, and many other animals. More than 130 bird species have been recorded here also. Head to the National Park to take an afternoon safari around 1:00 PM. At this time of day, you can see Leopards and Sloth Bears emerge out of the shady jungle and roam around. There are also many excellent spots for birdwatchers. The water holes and tanks are a birdwatcher's paradise, offering the chance to see the famous Peacock dance. For wildlife lovers, Yala is a must-see site in Sri Lanka. Once you've finished the tour, you'll be returned to your hotel in Bentota.

From Colombo: 5-Day Private Wildlife Photography Tour

8. From Colombo: 5-Day Private Wildlife Photography Tour

Enjoy an action-packed photography tour through Sri Lanka's most famous wildlife sanctuaries, from Sinharaja Forest Reserve to Bundala National Park. Grab the chance to take photos of exotic animals and birds, while accompanied by a local guide. Relax knowing food and accommodation are taken care of. Day 1: Begin your adventure by getting picked up from Colombo, Galle, Bentota, Beruwala, Negombo, or Hikkaduwa. Relax, and enjoy the views in air-conditioned comfort as you head to the first stop, Sinharaja. After arrival in the late afternoon, follow your guide on a trekking tour in the Sinharaja Rainforest – one of the eight UNESCO World Heritage Sites in Sri Lanka. Photograph endless species of endemic flora and fauna. After a busy day of capturing shots of Sri Lankan nature, check in to the Sinharaja Rainforest Eco Lodge, located on a plot of land that was once used for tea cultivation. Spend the rest of your night at this sanctuary surrounded by lush forest, and get a good night’s sleep. Day 2: Wake up early and devour a continental breakfast while taking in the rainforest views. Get driven to Udawalawe and commence a game drive through Udawalawe National Park, one of the best places in Sri Lanka to see wild elephants. Take more wildlife photos. Once you’re feeling peckish, drive to Grand Udawalawe Hotel for lunch. After that, travel to Yala National Park and stay overnight at Leopard Nest for a luxury glamping experience at an environmentally friendly campsite. Day 3: Wake up early to freshly brewed Ceylon tea or coffee, then leave for a morning game drive in Yala National Park with your camera in tow. Look out for elephants, sloth bears, sambars, jackals, crocodiles, and leopards, of which there are more per area than anywhere else in the world. Return from the morning trip to freshly squeezed juices from seasonal fruits followed by breakfast. After breakfast, take a nap on a hammock or check out some of the books about Sri Lankan wildlife conservation in the library. After lunch at the campsite, make your way to Bundala National Park, which is famous for its exotic migratory bird species. Explore marshes, lagoons, and sand dunes, and take photos of over 200 types of birds. Return to the Leopard Nest Campsite for another peaceful night’s rest. Day 4: Begin your day with another early start and Ceylon tea or coffee. Embark on a trek to a picturesque lake that offers breath-taking views and more bird-watching opportunities. Take photos of the abundant wildlife, including elephants, deers, palm squirrels, and wild boars. Eat breakfast at a private location by a lake while listening to the sound of singing birds and feeling the fresh breeze on your face. Afterward, explore the village and soak up the local atmosphere in the surrounding area. Return to the campsite for lunch. In the afternoon, start your game drive at Yala National Park and get another chance to photograph the leopards. Spend the evening at Leopard Nest Campsite reflecting on your past few days of adventure and marveling at the many photos you have taken of the experience. Day 5: After breakfast, get driven back to your hotel.

Luxury Camping and Safari Experience in Yala Park

9. Luxury Camping and Safari Experience in Yala Park

Embark on a glamping adventure at the 2nd largest national park in Sri Lanka, Yala. Upon arrival at Tissamarama, check into your luxurious campsite and get acquainted with the onsite amenities. Spend some free time relaxing and enjoy a delicious lunch at the campsite’s main restaurant or at one of the many outdoor locations. After your lunch it’s time to head out into the wilderness and immerse yourself in the fascinating natural landscape of Sri Lanka. On the game drive, look out for leopards and elephants in their natural environment and learn about these animals from your experienced guide. After your safari, head back to the campsite to freshen up before drinks and appetizers around the campfire. Dine on a BBQ dinner and mingle with the other guests as you talk about the wonders of the safari. Wake up early on the second day to freshly brewed local tea or coffee, then head out for another game drive to search for animals at their most active part of the day. After the drive, enjoy a tasty breakfast of freshly squeezed juices and seasonal fruit before check out at 11am and the return journey back.

From Ella: Tangalle Shuttle with Yala National Park Safari

10. From Ella: Tangalle Shuttle with Yala National Park Safari

Combine a transfer from Ella to Tangalle with a day trip to Yala National Park. Experience the immense biodiversity on this Sri Lankan animal safari and stop to eat a delicious packed meal. After being picked up at your accommodation in Ella, you will arrive at Yala National Park, meet your local guide and board an an open-topped jeep to get the best views and photo angles. See the animals during the day when they are the most active. Watch for leopards, sloth bears, elephants, crocodiles, monkeys, water buffalos, and a large variety of bird species. Enjoy a packed meal before heading back to your air-conditioned car for the ride to your accommodation in Tangalle.

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What people are saying about Yala National Park

We start at dawn and experience the awakening of nature. In the morning we saw single animals, apart from the elephants who were in a group, with two cubs. The landscape is very beautiful, all the various types of birds are fascinating. The courses have holes, but the cars used are suitable, the experienced and capable drivers warn each other as soon as one of them spots some animals or groups. Very difficult to see the leopard. Nice experience, also valid for those who want to take pictures. Excellent lunch, typical and genuine.

It’s a very special trip, we saw leopard, fox, groups of elephants, peacocks, monkeys, wild boars, buffalos, crocodile and different types of birds. Special thanks to our tour guide Nalaka! He’s professional and friendly and make this trip extra memorable!

Amazing trip! Brilliant English speaking guide that ensured I saw all the animals and easy transfers picked up directly from your hotel. Would definitely recommend to anyone wanting a brilliant day out.

The experience was great our driver was helpful and worked hard to show us the animals there. We were able to spot black bear, elephants, leopards, and lots of birds.

Everything was great Picked up from the hotel Brought to the yala Ride along the yala Saw a leopard Arrived at the hotel in Galle