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This Is the Best Safari Destination Outside of Africa - Forbes (2019)

Sri Lanka - The Ultimate Island Safari


Five Amazing Facts:
Five things you should know about Sri Lankan wildlife 

4. Best for Leopards
Yala National Park is the best place in the world for seeing and photographing leopards. Some areas in Block 1 have an average density of a leopard per square kilometer.

5. Sinharaja Bird Wave The Sinharaja Bird Wave is the largest, longest studied and offers the longest viewing of bird waves. 


Seven Wildlife Highlights: 
Seven animals you have to see in the Pearl of the Indian Ocean


The Sri Lanka department of Wildlife Conservation recently published a list of the seven most iconic wild animals in the island as a way of promoting tourism and the conservation of all species in and outside this list.

Sri Lanka is somewhat of an outlier when it comes to biodiversity. Experts have been studying the biodiversity of this small island since the early 20th century, and all with good reason. The number of animal species in the island is said to be five times as much as it is supposed to be in an island of its size, and the number of endemic species in the country is amazing. From endemic birds to endemic primates, Sri Lanka has them all. The wonder of Sri Lanka – being such a small island – is that you don’t have to travel far to see any of them.

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Pangolin - Scaly and Unique

Pangolins are insectivorous mammals confined to the Afro-tropical and Indo-Malayan regions. They are also known as ‘Scaly Anteaters’ because of their structure and food habits. These burrowing mammals predominantly feed on termites and ants. Pangolins are unique because their bodies are covered with tough, overlapping scales.  Read More>>





Sri Lanka's Big Five

There were two strong reasons why I felt if we were to brand and market a ‘Big List’, we should go for a Big Five. Firstly, creating a Sri Lankan Big Five creates a ‘symmetry of phrase’ with the Af- rican Big Five. Secondly, Sri Lanka is the best safari destination outside Africa and it makes sense to maintain a ‘symmetry of phrase’ as the large continent of Africa and the tiny island of Sri Lanka are Big Game safari counterparts. Read More>>





Small Feline Predators

There are 36 species of small wild cats in the world, based on physical distinction and/or geographic separation; most species are further divided into sub-species. Sri Lanka has four species of wild cats: the Leopard (Panthera pardus), the Fishing Cat (Prionailurus viverrinus), the Jungle Cat (Felis chaus) and the Rusty-spotted Cat (Prionailurus rubiginous). All of them are considered nationally threatened, while the Leopard is considered a globally threatened species. Read More>>




Giants of Asia

The subspecies of Asian elephants are classified under 3 main categories; the endemic species to Sri Lanka is called Elephas maximus maximus, the subspecies of elephants across the Indian sub-peninsula and indo-china territory is called Elephas maximus indicus, and the third group across a specific area of Sumatra Island is called Elephas maximus sumatranus. There is no remarkable difference between the subspecies of the Asian elephant and African elephant.

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Client Feedback

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