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Best of Sri Lanka

from $7,950.00

Highlights

  • Safari starts and ends in Colombo
  • 11 day safari visiting the four best wildlife viewing areas in Sri Lanka
  • Fantastic opportunities to photograph leopard, sloth bear, Asian elephant, and water buffalo as well as over 400 species of birds, several of which are endemic
  • Explore Yala National Park, known for one of the highest recorded densities of leopards in the world
  • Best time of year to see sloth bear who emerge to forage on seasonal palu fruit
  • Private vehicle throughout the safari
  • Indulge at luxurious lodge overlooking Indian Ocean acclaimed as Sri Lanka’s Leading Lodge in 2018
  • Small Group Size (4 max)
  • No single supplement
  • Includes internal flight from Yala to Colombo
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  • Group Size Small Group
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All about the Best of Sri Lanka.

Overview

 

The Best of Sri Lanka Wildlife tour takes you to the top wildlife destinations in Sri Lanka. Sri Lanka is a large island south of India known for its incredible beauty, culture, and biodiversity. You will have excellent chances to photographic some of Asia’s most charismatic wildlife including leopard, sloth bear, water buffalo, and Asian elephants. Additionally, Sri Lanka has an incredible diversity of birds, reptiles, and insects.

This safari starts in Colombo. A road transfer takes us to our first destination, Udawalawe National Park. Udawalawe is known for its large population of Asian elephants and is one of the best places to see them as they congregate around Udawalawe’s permanent sources of water. Leopard, sambar deer, golden jackal, palm civet, toque macaque and tufted gray langur also inhabit the reserve. Our accommodation in luxury tents is set amongst the wilderness area directly outside of the reserve. A night drive or night walk will give us a chance to play with spotlight photography and look for nocturnal animals like palm civet, rusty-spotted cat, fishing cat, and slender loris.Two nights here ensure we have ample time to explore.

On our third day, a road transfer brings us to our luxury accommodation outside of Yala National Park. These huts are set along the picturesque Indian Ocean, and if it weren’t for the incredible game viewing in the adjacent Yala National Park, you may be tempted to spend the whole day taking in views from the lodge. We will spend the next 3 days exploring Yala National Park during morning and afternoon game drives, with time in between for post processing or enjoying the beach. Our local expert guides will navigate us away from the crowds to the interior of the park, searching for the elusive leopard and other creatures of Yala. The Sri Lankan leopard, a distinct subspecies of leopard, are the apex predator on the island and as a result often display bolder behavior than other subspecies found in Africa and India. In Yala National Park, leopards are very relaxed around vehicles and often active during the day, allowing for exceptional photographic opportunities.

The Best of Sri Lanka Wildlife safari ends in Wilpattu National Park. An internal flight and road transfer take us to Sri Lanka’s largest national park. This is one of Sri Lanka’s best kept secrets for game viewing. Wilpattu, known as the ‘Land of Lakes’ is a place of beauty and biodiversity. Here we have a great chance to see both leopard and sloth bear as well as elephants, primates, and a myriad of bird and reptile species. We have exclusive use of this camp and two vehicles for the group, ensuring no more than 2 guests per vehicle.

June is the perfect time to visit these areas because while the rest of the country may be experiencing the monsoon rains, the south-east and north-west where this tour runs will have pleasant dry and sunny temperatures.

Come and experience the beauty and diversity of this incredible island with us – Best Of Sri Lanka Safari

The tour package inclusions and exclusions at a glance
What is included in this tour?Items that are included in the cost of tour price.
  1. Day 1 Arrival
    • Arrive into Colombo where you’ll be met off your international flight and transferred to the tranquil Wallawwa Hotel for the night. Meet with your tour leader and all other guests here. We will have dinner as a group and discuss logistics for the upcoming ten days.
  2. Day 2 Udawalawe National Park/Travel day

    After an early breakfast, depart by road to Mahoora Tented Camp, approximately four hours from Colombo. Along the way we will drive through Sri Lankan villages and see the beautiful countryside and many different temples and shrines.

    We will arrive at Mahoora Tented Camp in time for  a classic Sri Lankan lunch. The lodge is located right outside of the entrance to the Udawalawe National Park. After settling into camp, we will depart for an afternoon game drive in search of Udawalawe’s main attraction, the Asian elephant. Udawalawe is known as the best place in Sri Lanka to see wild Asian Elephants. We may also see Water Buffalo, Wildboar, Spotted Deer, Sambur Deer, Jackal, and the endemic Toque Macaque and Gray Langers. The safari will conclude at sundown and we will head back to camp to enjoytheir signature five course dinner around the campfire.

  3. Day 3 Udawalawe National Park

    Wake early and embark on our second game drive into Udawalawe National Park. The morning safari starts at 6am. Today we will continue seeking out the best photographic opportunities of elephants, particularly the herds with youngsters, and also take time to spend with the other species in the reserve including water buffalo, the endemic Toque Macaque and Gray Langer, and some of the 180 species of birds. There is also a chance of seeing a leopard at Udawalawe. The morning safari ends at 10am when we will transfer back to the lodge. After a traditional Sri Lankan lunch, the middle of the day is yours to explore nature surrounding the camp. Primates are common here and there are great bird viewing opportunities in camp. At 2:30pm we depart for our afternoon safari. The safari will conclude at sundown and then we will head back to camp to enjoytheir signature five course dinner around the campfire.

  4. Day 4 Travel day/Yala National Park

    Wake up early for our last game drive in Udawalawe, taking any last opportunities to photograph elephant herds. We’ll head back to the lodge for lunch and then transfer by road for approximately two hours to our next destination, the famous Yala National Park. We will arrive at Chena Huts with just enough time for a quick lunch and then we are off on our first safari into Yala. The entrance to Yala National Park is a short drive from the lodge. We will spend the afternoon admiring the beauty of this reserve and keeping our eyes peeled for Sri Lanka’s top predator – the leopard. Yala National Park has one of the highest recorded densities of leopards in the world. As the island’s top predator, they are usually not shy around vehicles and they are often found walking on the roads or basking on Yala’s granite boulders. We will leave the park at sundown and head back to our beautiful camp for a delicious candle lit Sri Lankan dinner.

  5. Day 5 Yala National Park

    The day will start with a short breakfast before sunrise. We’ll depart the lodge early to be among the first to enter the park. Today we will be in search of leopards and Yala’s other charismatic wildlife. Yala has several watering holes where animals congregate. It’s not uncommon to see big groups of water buffalo mud wallowing alongside huge crocodiles. There are also over 200 species of bird that occur in Yala, including six endemic species.

    We’ll head back to the lodge for lunch and a little free time to enjoy the surroudnings. Chena Huts is known as one of the best hotels in Sri Lanka for its location, fantastic service, luxury accommodation, and amazing food. Make sure you take some time to walk along the pristine beach right in front of your private hut. We will head out for afternoon game drive at 2:30pm. We generally get back to camp at dusk as night drives are not permitted in the National Park. Dinner will be enjoyed together at one of the lodge’s beautiful dining venues.

  6. Day 6 Yala National Park

    Another day to explore Yala National Park. Depending on sightings from the day before, we may use this day to explore Block Five of Yala, one of the more remote and less trafficked areas of the Park. The day will start with a short breakfast well before dawn. Game drive starts at 6am. Today we will be in search of leopards and Yala’s other wildlife including water buffalos, elephants, monkeys, crocodiles, jackals, sambars and sloth bears. We will return to the lodge for lunch and free time before departing at 2:30pm for the afternoon game drive. We generally get back to camp at dusk as night drives are not permitted in the National Park. Dinner will be enjoyed together at one of the lodge’s beautiful dining venues.

  7. Day 7 Travel Day

    We will explore a new corner of Yala National Park on our last day where we will try for one more leopard sighting and anything else we may have missed in the reserve. After packing up at the lodge, we will depart for our internal flight transfer at noon from Hambantota at noon to Colombo. A three-hour road transfer takes us to our accommodation for the next four nights at Wilpattu Safari Camp. This intimate camp is located right outside of Wilpattu National Park and the Wild Eye group has exclusive use during our stay. We will have an early dinner together and get prepared for the next 3 days on safari in Wilpattu.

  8. Day 8 Wilpattu National Park

    For the next three days we will be exploring Sri Lanka’s largest national park, Wilpattu. Morning safaris are from 6am to 10am and afternoon safaris are from 3pm to 6pm. We will use our time in between for photo review sessions and editing. Wilpattu is a picturesque reserve dotted with lakes and open areas amongst the forest and is Sri Lanka’s hidden gem for safari. Here we have a good chance to see both leopard and sloth bear as well as elephants, primates, and a myraid of birds and reptiles.After a classic Sri Lankan dinner, we can enjoy the sounds of the bush around an evening campfire.

  9. Day 9 Wilpattu National Park

    We will have two game drives today to explore Wilpattu with a break for lunch and photo review sessions. Morning safaris are from 6am to 10am and afternoon safaris are from 3pm to 6pm. Wilpattu is a picturesque reserve dotted with lakes and open areas amongst the forest and is Sri Lanka’s hidden gem for safari. Here we have a good chance to see both leopard and sloth bear as well as elephants, primates, and a myraid of birds and reptiles.After a classic Sri Lankan dinner, we can enjoy the sounds of the bush around an evening campfire.

  10. Day 10 Wilpattu National Park

    We will have two game drives today to explore Wilpattu with a break for lunch and photo review sessions. Morning safaris are from 6am to 10am and afternoon safaris are from 3pm to 6pm. Wilpattu is a picturesque reserve dotted with lakes and open areas amongst the forest and is Sri Lanka’s hidden gem for safari. Here we have a good chance to see both leopard and sloth bear as well as elephants, primates, and a myraid of birds and reptiles.After a classic Sri Lankan dinner, we can enjoy the sounds of the bush around an evening campfire.

  11. Day 11 Departure

    On our final morning, we will do one last game drive into Wilpattu National Park keeping an eye out for one final photographic opportunity with sloth bears and leopards. We will return to the lodge for a quick meal before our 3 hour road transfer at noon to Colombo. This will draw our incredible 11 day safari to a close, no doubt with countless memories and incredible photos to bring home.

Dates & Prices

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Duration Spaces Price Book
June 10 - 20, 2021 3 $7,950.00
Guide: Charlotte

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