elephant safaris at udawalawe national park sri lanka

Elephant Safari Sri Lanka

Elephants in Sri Lanka are the largest mammals that are to be found on the island. They are one of the most enriching species of the world and there are national parks in Sri Lanka that are solely dedicated for your big game elephant safaris. It is unfortunate that the elephants in Sri Lanka are considered to be an endangered species because their survival is threatened due to various human activities. Elephant safaris in Sri Lanka can take place in various locations. It would be up to you to select the place in which you would like to observe these gentle jumbo creatures. Although we highly recommend that you visit the elephants at the Udawalawe National Park. 

Elephants in Udawalawe are a guaranteed sight for anyone interested in a fulfilled elephant safari. This is the third most visited park in Sri Lanka and even on the shortest Elephant safaris in Udawalawe you can come across herds that would gather to feed and bathe at the waterholes. A 2011 census revealed that there are 5,800 elephants in Sri Lanka. Out of this an estimated 600- 700 elephants can be found residing in the Udawalawe National park. The elephant safaris in Udawalawe are not confined to just elephants. It is home to so much more species due to the varied habitats in the park. On a visit you would probably come across the endemic Toque Macaque or even the Sri Lankan leopard that is not spotted very often. Another rare animal that you can find on your Elephant safari in Udawalawe is the Sri Lankan Sloth Bear. The variety of birds, some endemic, will leave you amazed while fish, reptiles and amphibians can also be observed. 

At the Yala and Wasgamuwa National Park there is a substantial Sri Lankan Elephant population which is recognised as a subspecies of the Asian Elephant. At Yala these elephants can be seen in large herds with baby elephants in tow while in Wasgamuwa the elephants are of a different nature as they are completely wild and have a limited exposure to safari jeeps. Elephant safaris in Sri Lanka can also be extended to a boat ride. This is possible only at the Gal Oya National Park as it borders a reservoir and many little islands can be seen. Here the elephants swim from one island to another with their trunks out of the water as they use them as snorkels, an intriguing sight for anyone on wildlife safaris




Elephant Safari Sri Lanka

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5 star rating

"Your guides, drivers and staff are exceptional, and the foundation of your great company. And our driver really did a fabulous job. A delight to be with and a charming influence on the journey. You have the good concept – Nice work and thank you for the great experience.”

Stephen from Canada, 25/11/2016

 5 star rating

The trip you suggested and organized through Eco Team gave us a good overview. We liked specially the Mahoora Explorer in Wilpattu and Udawalawe.

Anita & Ueli Letsch - Switzerland
29th March 2017

 5 star rating

Everyone has been so friendly and helpful. We have had such an excellent trip. The safaris in Yala and Udawalawe were a wonderful experience. We have many memories to take home and we saw so many wildlife. Chauffeur Guide were knowledgeable. The Big Game safari Camps were excellent, best service we have ever had. Attention to details very welcoming and food very good.

Mark Foyn - England
1st August 2017

5 star rating

Rukan was wonderful and we enjoyed his careful driving as well as his company throughout our journey. His English is very good and we had great conversations. It was nice to gain insight into the history and culture of Sri Lanka by speaking with him.
Our safari guide in Yala (Kasun) was the best! We saw 6 leopards and 3 sloth bears over the course of 4 outings. Compliments to him and the driver. I was worried that 4 safaris would not be enough, but that turned out not to be the case with their expert tracking skills.

We really enjoyed most of the lodges, especially Kings Pavilion, Chena Huts and Buckingham Place. Great rooms, service, and restaurants. Both Buckingham and Kings Pavilion surprised Rick with birthday cakes either in our room or at dinner. Buckingham also had a special table set up for us with flowers and decorations and the staff presented a birthday card signed by all of them!

All the food was wonderful both at the buffets and when ordering a la carte from menus. Pack meals during safaris were also very good with plenty of variety.

We both had a great time in your beautiful country. Thank you for all your help in planning this adventure. I would definitely recommend Eco Tours to my friends and family if they ever want to visit Sri Lanka. You really made us feel special.

Elaine Lee, USA

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