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Sri Lanka wildlife holiday with Yala leopards

7 days from £1475*

Sri Lanka safari Yala national park leopard through the bushes photo

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Sri Lanka wildlife holiday; Yala West (Ruhuna) National Park is well recognised as one of the best parks in the world to observe and photograph leopards. The park covers an area of over 100,000 hectares and is divided into five blocks. Block one is the most visited area since it contains the highest density of leopards. Yala West consists of scrub jungle, brackish lagoons and stunning rock monoliths scattered throughout the park, its eastern edge is bounded by the South East coast.  Yala will hopefully provide your wildlife highlights, with a good chance of multiple leopard sightings given a reasonable length of stay. In addition to leopards (hopefully!), you will see a good number of elephant, also spotted deer and sambar, wild boar, buffalo, jackal, crocodiles, the odd sloth bear (more common during May/ June when the trees are fruiting) and a huge variety of resident and migratory birds.

Because more of the mainstream and deluxe hotels are located near Tissamaharama and Kirinda, and there are few limits on vehicle numbers, safaris on this side can feel more crowded.  By starting earlier/ staying later and trying to avoid peak weekends you can get away from the jeep jams, but better still why not balance this with a boundary camping experience on the quieter Kataragma side of the park.  If sleeping under canvas is really not your cup of tea there are also some bricks and mortar alternatives.  A well-paced wildlife safari that includes time to relax on arrival near Colombo, and on the coast after your safaris. Contact Wildlife Trails to design your bespoke Sri Lanka wildlife holiday with the best guides and lodges.


This is a Private Tour

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    Arrive in Colombo and private transfer south to Mount Lavinia Hotel.

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    Continue south east to Yala, arriving at your ‘Big Game Camp’ near Kataragama in time for a private afternoon jeep safari.

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    Morning and afternoon private jeep safaris inside Yala National Park on the quieter side

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    Morning jeep safari, then transfer to the deluxe ‘Jetwing Yala’ on the Kirinda side for an afternoon private jeep safari

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    Morning and afternoon private jeep safaris inside Yala National Park (early start worthwhile)

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    Morning jeep safari inside Yala National Park, before transferring to the ‘Thambapanni Retreat’

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    Transfer back to Colombo for your flight home


Accommodation: a private tour throughout, good quality tried and tested hotels and lodges, with upgrade/ cost saving options on request. All meals included at Yala, breakfast only at Mount Lavinia and Thambapanni Retreat.

AC car and driver for round trip transfers.  Private standard safari jeep with local park guide.  It is possible to upgrade to a deluxe jeep at Yala, and/ or to be accompanied throughout by a specialist naturalist.

Cost: from £1475 per person based on two sharing or from £1185 per person based on four travelling, (excludes international flights)

For a full tour description email Wildlife Trails and include the trip title, or for a different combination we are happy to help design your ideal tour.

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* Based on 2 persons and not including flights

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