Wasgamuwa National Park Safari

Explore Ski Lanka’s hidden gem – a nature lover’s paradise.

2 Nights

Get away from the crowds and explore one of Sri Lanka’s lesser-known national parks, Wasgamuwa. The park’s spectacular landscape is one of the most diverse in Sri Lanka and is one of the few places where large herds of Sri Lankan elephants can be seen roaming together. Your experienced local guide will help unlock the wonders of this hidden gem pointing out the gleeful macaque’s chittering in the trees, the white tail of a darting deer or maybe even a rare sight of the elusive golden palm civet.

Your hassle-free adventure includes

  • 3 safaris to Wasgamuwa National Park
  • 1 visit to the elephant corridor
  • Qualified naturalist guide
  • 2 night’s accommodation
  • All breakfasts and dinners
  • Treehouse lunch
  • 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

The star of Wasgamuwa is undboubtedly the elephants and it is one of the few places where it is possible to see large herds of Sri Lankan elephants. But, there are also a whole host of other creatures that you will see along the way. More common sightings include purple-faced langurs, toque macaques, water buffalo and axis deer. Rarer sightings include Sri Lankan leopards, golden palm civets and sloth bears. Bird watchers are sure to be delighted as they tick through the parks 143 species of birds including the spectacular Sri Lankan peafowl.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

Yes, of course! Your local host can arrange transfers to and from Colombo at additional cost if required. Please see the ‘optional extras’ for more information.

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

The following are not included in the trip price:

  • Flights
  • Travel Insurance
  • Tips for your guides (optional)
  • Lunch (can be bought in the resort)

Your host recommends to pack:

  • Comfortable clothing, ideally in earthy colours (Green/brown/tan)
  • Sunscreen
  • Camera
  • Sunglasses
  • Sun hat

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

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The Wasgamuwa National Park is one of Sri Lanka’s hidden gems. Lesser known than some of Sri Lanka’s more popular parks, Wasgamuwa offers a tranquil and unspoilt experience that is becoming increasingly hard to find in our busy world. The park was designated as nature reserve as far back as 1938 and then received full national park status in 1984.

The rivers, forests and grasslands of this beautiful park are among the most diverse of any of Sri Lanka’s national parks. The stunning landscape is home to a wide range of indigenous animals, the most famous of which are the charismatic elephants. Wasgumwa is one of the few places where large herds of Sri Lankan elephants can be seen together. Of course, Wasgamuwa is far more than just elephants, purple-faced langurs, axis deer and water buffalo are all common sightings while if you are really lucky you may stray across a leopard of a sloth bear.

Start point

Your adventure begins at Lavandish Wild Safari Lodge where you will meet your guide at 14:00.

Finish point

Your adventure ends at Lavandish Wild Safari Lodge where you will check out at 12:00 on day 3. Transfers to Colombo can be arranged if required.

What to Expect

Day 1: Arrival and Safari

Your adventure begins at the picturesque safari lodge where you will be staying for next few days. Once you arrive, take a moment to check in and settle into your room before meeting your qualified naturalist guide at 14:30 to head out on your first safari.

You will explore the wonders of Wasagamuwa National Park over a three to four hour drive. Your experienced guide will help unlock the marvels of this beautiful landscape pointing out creatures great and small. After your safari, head back to the lodge for a sumptuous dinner of traditional Sri Lankan cuisine.

Day 2: Elephant Conservation and Safari

After breakfast, you’ll head out of the park to see conservation in action. Sri Lanka’s charismatic elephants are a joy to behold but can be difficult neighbours. You will learn about how conservationists are working to help local people live in harmony with elephants.

You’ll enjoy a memorable tree house lunch overlooking paddy fields before returning to the Wasgamuwa for your second safari. As you travel through the park keep an eye out for the furtive spotted deer, sprightly monkeys or even an elusive leopard.

Day 3: Safari and Departure

Waking in the peace of the safari lodge there is time to enjoy one last splendid breakfast. Then it’s time for your final safari drive and once again your experienced guide will lead the way.

The local and natural knowledge of your guide is a truly invaluable part of the safari experience and the highlight of the trip for many guests. After the drive, you’ll head back to the lodge with time for lunch before your 12:00 checkout.

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


During your adventure, you will be staying at the Lavendish Wild Safari Lodge, a comfortable 3-star hotel ideally located to explore the Wasgamuwa National Park. All the rooms are well appointed with en-suite bathrooms and air conditioning. The staff at the lodge are always ready with a friendly smile and will ensure that your stay is as relaxing as possible. Of particular note is the lodge’s outdoor pool where you will find one of the best poolside views anywhere in Sri Lanka.

Private rooms are available for a small single supplement.

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