Sri Lanka Mammals | Carnivores & Small Felines - Special Interest 10 Day Tour

Sri Lanka Mammals | Carnivores & Small Felines
- Special Interest 10 Day Tour

Summary of the tour

This 10-day special interest tour in Sri Lanka focuses on mammal watching, particularly the country's small and big wild cats. Starting with night drives and full-day safaris in Wilpattu National Park, guests will search for carnivores such as leopards, sloth bears, and mongoose during safaris, and species like fishing cats, rusty-spotted cats, civets, and other nocturnal animals during night walks and drives.

The journey continues to Sigiriya, where optional cultural visits to Sigiriya Rock and Dambulla Cave Temple are combined with night drives to spot more elusive wildlife, including the Grey Slender Loris in Dambulla.

In the Hill Capital Kandy, exploration includes Udawattekele Sanctuary and Dunumadalawa Forest Reserve. The tour then moves to Belihuloya in the intermediate zone for nature trails and night drives, focusing on the Indian Pangolin (Manis crassicaudata), Eurasian Otter (Lutra lutra), Indian Pangolin (Manis crassicaudata), and bats like the Black-bearded Tomb Bat, with a special emphasis on the elusive three cats during night walks and drives in the hills.

The tour proceeds to Yala National Park, renowned for its diverse wildlife, including leopards, sloth bears, and elephants. The final leg includes a safari in Bundala National Park and a visit to the historical city of Galle, concluding with a transfer to the airport.

You can download the complete list of mammals found in Sri Lanka [here]

Highlights of the Tour

Wilpattu National Park: Experience multiple night drives and full-day safaris focused on observing Sri Lanka's leopards and small wild cats, along with other carnivores like Civets, including the endemic Golden Palm Civet.

Sigiriya: Enjoy optional cultural visits to Sigiriya Rock and Dambulla Cave Temple, complemented by night drives to spot nocturnal wildlife.

Kandy: Explore trails in Udawattekele Sanctuary and Dunumadalawa Forest Reserve, with night drives in Upper Hanthana Forest.

Belihuloya: Immerse yourself in nature trails and night drives, exploring the dry zone forests of the hill country.

Yala National Park: Embark on morning and afternoon safaris for diverse wildlife sightings, including leopards, sloth bears, elephants, and the notable Golden Jackal (Canis aureus).

Bundala National Park: Begin your day with an early morning safari to observe migratory birds and both types of crocodiles, the Mugger Crocodile (Crocodylus palustris) and Saltwater Crocodile (Crocodylus porosus).

Galle: Optionally explore the UNESCO heritage city, Galle Fort, and other historical sites before departure.

Accommodation: Stay at various eco-friendly camps and hotels, such as Big Game Camp and River Garden Resort. Enjoy candlelight dinners under the stars, night walks, and delicious BBQs served by roaring campfires.

Guided Tours: Benefit from private guided safaris and walks for an exclusive and undisturbed wildlife experience.

Local Cuisine: Delight in traditional Sri Lankan cooking featuring a variety of local fruits and vegetables.

Itinerary

Welcome to Sri Lanka!

This private tour, focused mostly on cats, mammals, and carnivores, allows you to enjoy the beauty of Sri Lankan wildlife at your own pace. Our guide will tailor this tour, especially the safaris and night activities, to your specific interests.

Upon arrival, your chauffeur will greet you and accompany you throughout the tour.

If you arrive in Wilpattu in the morning or early afternoon, you'll have time to freshen up, enjoy lunch, and relax. The evening will feature a campfire, a candle-lit dinner under the stars, and a night drive through Wilpattu's wilderness.

Wilpattu National Park is a prime destination for nighttime mammal watching in Sri Lanka. Renowned for its diverse wildlife, Wilpattu offers exceptional opportunities to observe various Sri Lankan mammal species in their natural habitat. Guests can immerse themselves in a range of wilderness activities amidst the park's pristine surroundings.

Exploring outside the park at night provides a great chance to spot nocturnal mammals, including our top-listed species like the Fishing Cat, as well as others such as the Small Indian Civet, Ruddy Mongoose, Dusky Roundleaf Bat, and Black-bearded Tomb Bats. Seeing the Gray Slender Loris is highly probable during your stay at our Mahoora & Big Game Safari Camps in Wilpattu.

We've taken every possible measure to ensure your safety and comfort during this tour.

The hotels, tours, add-ons, guides, and chauffeurs participating in this program are meticulously vetted to uphold the highest quality standards, providing you with peace of mind throughout your journey. At any point during the tour, you will always be within reach of your guide or chauffeur, either physically or via phone, should you need any assistance while exploring independently.

Sri Lanka is a nation where religion and culture play a significant role in daily life. It's important to respect local customs and practices during your travels. Your guide or chauffeur will provide detailed information, but here are some general tips to keep in mind:

Dress Code: When visiting temples, ancient sites, or current religious places, wear clothing that covers your shoulders to your knees. Remove head coverings like caps or helmets, and take off shoes at the entrance. White clothing is generally suitable.

Photography: Some religious sites may prohibit or restrict photography and videography. Respect signage and ask your guide about specific policies.

Tattoos: Cover tattoos related to Buddhism, Hinduism, or Islamism in public places.

Smoking: Smoking is prohibited indoors, at workplaces, and on public transport.

Weather Preparation: Carry personal items suitable for windy, rainy, or warm conditions.

Night Activities: Night walks and drives depend on weather conditions and government regulations, which may vary.

Health: Use insect repellents and sunburn lotions. Avoid fruity-smelling lotions or perfumes during jeep safaris.

Wildlife Sightings: Animal sightings during safaris are subject to natural conditions and cannot be guaranteed.

  • Accommodation in hotels listed below or of similar standards, including breakfast and dinner daily, and lunches on full-day safaris.
  • Transportation throughout the tour in an air-conditioned vehicle with a top-notch Driver Guide.
  • 1 Full-Day Jeep Safari & 1 Morning Jeep Safari in Wilpattu National Park, including night drives in Wilpattu.
  • Night Drive in Sigiriya.
  • Visit to Sam Popham Arboretum in Dambulla.
  • Visit to Udawattekele Sanctuary and Dunumadalawa Forest Reserve in Kandy.
  • Night Drive in Upper Hanthana.
  • Nature Trail and night drive in Belihuloya.
  • 3 morning/evening jeep safaris in Yala National Park.
  • Morning Jeep Safari in Bundala National Park.
  • All fuel, tolls, and insurance.
  • Driver guide's meals and accommodation.
  • Replacement vehicle in case of breakdown or emergency.
  • Service charges and all government taxes.
  • Optional activities not mentioned in the program. (Please inform us if additional services are required; we will arrange them accordingly.)
  • Early check-in or late check-out (In Sri Lanka, check-in is usually at 14:00 hrs and check-out at 12:00 noon).
  • Lunches on days when full-day safaris are not scheduled.
  • Airfare and insurance fees.
  • Visa fees.
  • Anything not specifically mentioned in the inclusions above.
  • Optional tours or transfers.
  • Personal expenses such as table drinks, laundry, tips, telephone calls, soft/hard drinks, still/video camera fees (if applicable), etc.
  • Tipping for the local Driver Guide.

Starting from 1990 USD per person

[ Travelling 2 Persons Together Sharing Double / Twin Room ]

Location

Hotel Name

Room Category

Meal Basis

Days 01 & 02

Wilpattu

Big Game Camp

Standard Tend

HB

Days 03 & 04

Sigiriya

Back of Beyond - Pidurangala

Tree House

HB

Day 05

Kandy

Aayu Hantana

Standard Deluxe Room

HB

Days 06 

Belihuloya 

River Garden Resort

Superior Cottage

HB 

Days 07 & 08

Yala

Big Game Camp

Standard Tend

HB

Day 09

Galle

Lady Hill Hotel

Standard Room

HB

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