Yala National Park Safari

Search for leopards in Sri Lanka’s most famous national park.

  • Sri Lanka
  • Year round
  • Bandaranaike International Colombo Airport, Colombo (CMB)

Explore Sri Lanka’s most famous national park on this 4-day safari adventure. Over 5 game drives, your qualified naturalist guide will help you discover the wonders of this stunning national park filled with elephants, crocodiles, monkeys, deer and water buffalo. Yala is also home to the highest density of leopards found anywhere in the world so you stand a good chance of glimpsing one of these elusive big cats.

Your hassle-free adventure includes

  • 4 Safaris to block 1
  • 1 Safari to block 5
  • 3 Night’s accommodation
  • Driver
  • Qualified naturalist safari guide
  • Breakfasts and dinners
  • Park entrance fee

Perfect for

Nature loving adventurers looking to explore Sri Lanka’s stunning national parks. No previous experience or particular fitness level is required.

Need To Know

With the highest density of leopards anywhere in the world, the main aim of the safari is to seek out the Sri Lankan leopard. Of course, while the chances are good, a sighting of these elusive big cats is never guaranteed. As well as leopards, there is a whole host of other fantastic creastures to be found in the park including peacocks, Sloth bears, Elephants, Buffalos, Langur monkeys, Spotted deer, Sambar deer and dry zone species of birds.

Your local host uses 4x4 Toyota Hiluxs fitted with proper comfortable seats with seat belts. Most jeeps can fit 6 adults with a few being able to carry 7.

Your local host cares deeply about the environment and in particular the national park. They use a fleet of carbon-neutral jeeps to minimize environmental impact and ensure that all guides are fully trained to ensure that the wildlife and habitat is not disturbed.

On your adventure, you will be guided by a fully qualified English speaking naturalist. Your guide is an invaluable part of your experience helping to unlock the treasures of the park through their skill as a tracker, excellent wildlife knowledge and local knowledge.

This adventure differs from many other Sri Lankan experiences that only provide a tracker who, due to language barriers, is often unable to answer your questions.

The jeep rides are a great part of the adventure. Safari drives usually take between 3 to 4 hours and can cover some rough terrain, particularly during the rainy season. While no particular fitness is required, you should be able to sit in a bumpy vehicle for 4 hours.

No previous experience is required for this adventure. Tracking elusive animals in the wild can take time, so a good amount of patience is the only requirement.

The following are not included in the trip price:

  • Flights
  • Travel Insurance
  • Tips for your guides (optional)
  • Transfer to the start point

Groups run from a single person upwards. If there is only one person booked on a trip then a single supplement will apply. Safaris are normally arranged in groups of 6.

Sure can! A lot of people do, and it’s a great way to meet like-minded people.

Your host recommends to pack:

  • Comfortable clothing, ideally in earthy colours (Green/brown/tan)
  • Sunscreen
  • Camera
  • Sunglasses
  • Sun hat
  • Cameras with plenty of space and batteries

You are free to book any flights that fit with the start and end point of the trip.

Yes, children from the age of 2 are welcome to join this trip, if you’re booking as a private group.

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Location

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Yala National Park in South Eastern Sri Lanka is one of the largest and oldest of the country’s fantastic national parks. Yala is also the most visited of Sri Lanka’s national parks and it is easy to see why. Yala sits against the shores of the Indian Ocean and offers a diverse range of stunning scenery with a variety of landscapes including dense forests, open grasslands, expansive wetlands and sandy coastline.

The parks 979 square kilometres are home to a broad range of plants and animals. As in any of Sri Lanka’s parks, the elephants are a highlight and the parks 350 strong herd is sure to delight. Yala is also home to the highest density of leopards found anywhere in the world. While a sighting of these magnificent and elusive creatures is never guaranteed your chances are certainly far higher than other places. As well as the stars of the show, Yala is home to a host of wonderful creatures and dazzling birds.

Start point

Your adventure begins at Yala Big Game Safari Lodge. Your local host can arrange transfers to the lodge at additional cost if required.

Finish point

The trip finishes Yala Big Game Safari Lodge on day 4. Your local host can arrange transfers to the lodge at additional cost if required.

What to Expect

Day 1: Arrival and Safari

Your Sri Lankan safari adventure begins at the Big Game Camp Safari Lodge where you will be staying during your trip. After checking in and settling into your room there is time for some lunch before the real adventure begins.

After lunch, it’s time to hop aboard your jeep and head out on your first safari. You will be accompanied by an experienced English-speaking nature guide who will help you discover Sri Lanka’s stunning wildlife.

Day 2 and 3: Safari Drives

To maximise your time in the park and give you the best chance of seeing as much as possible there are morning and afternoon drives on days 2 and 3. Your guide will take you to explore different areas of the park, avoiding the crowds to find hidden gems.

Exploring diverse forests and grasslands of the Yala National Park is a delight. You may come across magnificent elephants, elegant deer, charismatic monkeys and maybe even an elusive leopard.

After each day, retire to the sanctuary of the camp for some delicious Sri Lankan cuisine at the camps al fresco dining room in the bush. In the evenings, trading tales around a roaring campfire is the perfect end to your bush experience.

Day 4: Optional Drive and Departure

Waking up for the final time in the safari camp, take a moment to relax in the tranquillity of your surroundings. If your safari appetite is still not sated there is an option to add an on an extra morning drive.

Then, it’s time to bid your guide a fond farewell and head home or on to adventures new. Your local hosts can help arrange transfers to your next destination.

Note: This itinerary and the duration of the activities are subject to change due to group abilities and preferences, and weather conditions and forecasts.

Accommodation

During your adventure, you will be staying in the Big Game Safari Lodge ideally located to explore Yala National Park. The lodge offers glamping accommodation in canvas safari tents offering basic but comfortable accommodation complete with double or twin beds, en-suite bathroom facilities and mosquito nets. Dinners are eaten al fresco and lit by paraffin lanterns. After dinner, pull your chair around the roaring campfire and while away the evening trading stories and gazing at the stars.

Private rooms are available for a small supplement.

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Dates & Prices

Prices include

  • Accommodation
  • Equipment
  • Guide
  • Local Transport
  • Meals As Described

Please note: Flights are NOT included and must be purchased separately.

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Your host will confirm your booking subject to availability. There may be a minimum number of guests required to guarantee that a trip will go ahead.

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Optional Extras

Make your life easy. Once you have reserved your space, your host can help you arrange the extras you’ll need. Here are some guide prices which can be confirmed with you during booking.

Single Occupancy Supplement (Yala) Payable Before Departure
Single Occupancy Supplement $195.00 Per Person
Transfer from Colombo to Yala National Park Payable Before Departure
Transfer for 4-5 participants $88.00
Transfer for 1-3 participants $70.00

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