Safari at Yala National Park
AVAILIBILITY: YEAR AROUND
SAFARI OPTIONS: HALF DAY, FULL DAY, 1 NIGHT (2 DAYS), 2 NIGHTS (3 DAYS) & TAILOR MADE
ACCOMDATION OPTIONS: CAMPING, TREE HOUSES 0R STAR HOTELS
Yala National Parkis renowned for the variety of its wildlife and its fine coastline (with associated coral reefs). But the key highlight here is the Sri Lankan Leopard. Yala National Park has the highest density of leopards living in the wild. In fact, it is the world's best. It also boasts alarge number of important cultural ruins, bearing testimony to earlier civilizations and indicating that much of the area used to be populated and well developed.
Your best chance to see a leopard is generally first thing in the morning and then again at dusk. The male leopards in Yala are very confident animals and they are often seen walking the tracks during the day. Young males in particular seem to have no fear of the jeep, which can lead to some excellent photographic opportunities. As we are setup very close to the park, you will be first in to the core areas, which are best for wildlife viewing and will be able to avoid long travel time to the park entrance, queuing for permits which take place before safaris begin Even during evening safaris you will be inside until last minute and the entrance to the campsite also mimics the experience of a mini safari through the forest.
Apart from the leopards there are a large number of elephants living inside the park and they can be seen bathing in the numerous lakes in the vicinity. . You can also see spotted deer, sambar, wild boar, wild buffaloes, sloth bear, jackal and mongoose. The bird life is also fantastic and it is amazing how close you can get to them from the confines of the jeep, you can see Rosy Starlings, Paradise Flycatchers, Crested Hawk Eagles, Blue-Tailed Bee-Eaters and Common Loras.
A 4WD open-top safari is the only way to see all the wonders this protected reserve has to offer, and our experienced and knowledgeable nature guides will make this an unforgettable experience.
WHAT TO BRING:
- Lightly coloured clothing
- Sunglasses & a hat to protect against the sun
- Insect repellent
- Sun protection lotions & Lip balm
- Good camera, spare batteries, extra memory cards, cables and chargers
- Dust mask or scarf for protection against the dust