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Sri Lanka safari - Camping at Wilpattu and Yala national parks

12 days from £2550*

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Overview

Sri Lanka safari - the magic of camping safaris in Wilpattu and Yala

​In the very early days of this country's tourism industry just a few Sri Lanka wildlife lodges dominated the sector and if visitors wanted to enjoy a leopard safari at Yala national park, they had to stay at quality lodges like Jet Wing's safari lodge. This fantastic property, which was tragically destroyed with much loss of life during the 2004 tsunami, was located in a real wilderness area and it was not uncommon to see wild elephants and spotted deer in the grounds, as you climbed into your jeep ready for the morning safari. As the industry matured not all properties adopted the same wilderness feel, with a focus more on comfort, swimming pools and leisure activities. So for old school safari aficionado’s ​(like ourselves) it was a very welcome development when several local Sri Lanka safari operators were given permission to set up tented camps inside the national parks. Yala national park and Uda Walawe national park were the first two wildlife sanctuaries to be developed in this way and the safari experience on offer was intimate; with simple tented camps inside the parks providing the wilderness experience and faster access to the key wildlife locations inside the park. Unfortunately camping safaris are not permitted in Sri Lanka's national parks anymore, but several operators have been given permission to set up camps in the buffer areas. You really need to ask the direct question to your ground agents as to where these camps are actually set up, as sadly some are placed in areas that are noisy due to the proximity of local villages or nearby roads. We can assure our clients that our camping safaris in Wilpattu and Yala national parks have a true wilderness setting and provide a Sri Lanka safari experience that will live long in the memory.

Itinerary

This is a Small Group Tour

  1. May 22

    Sri Lanka safari starts with a pick up from Colombo international airport and a transfer to Jet Wing Beach Hotel

  2. May 23

    After breakfast you will be transferred 4 hours north to our tented camp at Wilpattu national park. We will enjoy our first leopard safari inside Wilpattu.

  3. May 24&25

    We will be up early for two full day safaris looking for a variety of wildlife in this beautiful national park; looking for leopards and sloth bears

  4. May 26

    After breakfast we will enjoy a beautiful drive east to the World Heritage site of Sinharaja. Overnight at the Blue Magpie.

  5. May 27

    After a gentle morning birding walk (optional) we will drive on to Yala and check-in to our private camp before heading to Zone 1, which has a high density of leopards

  6. May 28-30

    We will explore different zones of Yala national park, getting away from the crowds, but still enjoying beautiful scenery and an excellent chance to see leopard, sloth bear and Asiatic Elephants.

  7. May 31

    It’s time to leave Yala and reflect in comfort what we have seen and enjoyed. We will drive back half-way to Colombo and stop at the luxurious Lighthouse Hotel in Galle

  8. June 1

    This is a very relaxed day when people can choose what they want to do. The historic port city of Galle is just a short distance away, or you can simply relax by the beach or hotel swimming pool.

  9. June 2

    When appropriate you will be transferred 20 minutes to Colombo international airport. end of your Sri Lanka safari.

Meals

Cost £2550 per person based on two people sharing a tent/roon. Not including international flights.

​Includes all meals at the private tented camps and breakfast elsewhere.

​Maximum of 3 clients per jeep on safari.

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* Based on 2 persons and not including flights

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