Wildlife and Safari Tour in Sri Lanka
Sri Lanka is the best all-round wildlife safari destination outside of Africa. No other country is so good for a combination of having largest terrestrial animals, is outstanding for marine mammals, has a huge bio-diversity with a high proportion of endemic species, all set in a compact area of varies landscapes.
We prepare tailor-made tours to fit your dates, interests and budget. With well-thought itineraries, best wildlife locations, fitting accommodation, reliable transportation, honest and expert advice, and attention to detail, tour organizing is hassle-free. Tour execution is seamless.
Alternative Tour Name: Wildlife And Safari Tours In Sri Lanka
We will meet you at the airport on your arrival and depart to Udawalawe. Two AM and PM half day safaris in Udawalawe national park. Udawalawe national park is one of the most popular national parks in Sri Lanka. Udawalawe is an important habitat for Sri Lankan Elephants, which are relatively easy to see in its open habitats.
Many elephants are attracted to the park because of the Udawalawe reservoir. The extensive area of grassland devoid of forest cover makes the viewing of elephants easier than anywhere else in Asia. You'll often get to see them just a few meters away from your jeep, feeding and roaming, as they're very relaxed around people. You'll see buffalo bathing in crocodile-riddled lakes, birdlife, deer and plenty of smaller mammals such as Toque monkey, Spotted Deer, Sambar Deer, Grey Langur, Wild Boar, with luck leopard and Jungle cat will be the bonus for the safari.
Night drive for watching small cats Jungle cat, Fishing cat and Rusty spotted cat – is possible to organize subject to local condition for extra cost. Ringed tailed civet and Indian civet are also possible to see.
Two nights in Udawalawe
Will have an exciting full day jeep safari into Yala national park, which is most famous national park in Sri Lanka. It is comprising of a diversity of habitats including scrub jungles, water reservoirs, brakish lagoons and riverine habitats. Mugger Crocodiles frequent the river banks and, as we explore through the southern sector of the park, we’ll find plenty of Tufted Grey Langurs as we watch eagerly for mammals such as Sambar and Spotted Deer, Golden Jackal, Grey Mongoose, Ruddy Mongoose. Leopards are probably easier to see here than anywhere else in Asia, and Yala is world famous for its large population of this most beautiful ‘big cat’. With luck, we should have at least one encounter during our stay here. Sloth Bear is also common in the park, but less easily seen. For anyone with an interest in shorebirds and water birds, the day around Bundala national park is not to be missed. Bundala is the very first Ramsar wetland and declares as an internationally important wintering ground for migratory water birds. Lunugamvehera national park is serves as a corridor for elephants to migrate between Yala National Park and Udawalawe National Park. Sri Lankan elephant, leopard, water buffalo, Sri Lankan sambar deer, wild boar, spotted deer, mugger crocodiles are among the commonly found animals. Large water birds such as grey heron, black-headed ibis, Asian openbill, painted stork, and spot-billed pelican together with a variety of raptors can be seen in this park. This park is more quite park, located close to Yala Park. Very beautiful small national park with nice water reservoirs. Possible to watch and photograph Sloth bear and leopards with less disturb.
We are heading back to Colombo and transfer to the airport according to your flight time.
This is a custom tour and can be added more days and visiting sites as per the choice of visitors. Please speak with us.
The main focus to show you mammals. Asian Elephant, Leopard, Sloth Bear, Spotted Deer, Sambar Deer, endemic Purple Face Leaf Monkey, Grey Langur, endemic Toque Monkey, Giant Squirrel, Fruit bats, Indian Flying fox, Ruddy Mongoose, Stripped necked Mongoose, Brown Mongoose, Grey Mongoose, Jungle Cat, fishing Cat, Rusty spotted Cat, Indian Civet, Palm Civet, in night safari.
What is included?
- Accommodation with meals on half board basis - breakfast and dinner
- Services of an accompanying guide from airport to airport
- Main transport by air-conditioned vehicle (except safari jeeps)
- Entrances to the National Parks and other birding sites
- Bottled water (when taken from the vehicle)
- Tips for hotel staff, jeep drivers and trekkers
- All currently applicable taxes
What is not included?
- Any international airfare
- Meals - lunch
- Tourist visa and travel insurance
- Tips for your birding guide
- Camera fee (if applicable)
- Any additional taxes levied on the tourism sector in future
- Any expenses of personal nature such as hard/soft drinks, laundry, phone/fax calls
- Any item not mentioned in the price includes section
- Any increase in the entrance fee to National Parks or Sanctuaries in the future. The price is based on the current Entrance fee
- Cost incidental to any change in the Itinerary/stay on account of flight Cancellation due to bad weather, ill Health, roadblocks and/or any factors beyond control
Walk With Jith is a leading wildlife and bird watching tours Sri Lanka operator, with more than a decade of experience. Walk With Jith offers a wide range of birding Sri Lanka (targeting more than 200 birds including all 33 endemics and birds of prey), nature and wildlife photography, safari tours (view our Yala National Park Safari). Other types of special interest wildlife tours include dolphin and whale watching in Sri Lanka tours. Sri Lanka is renowned as the major destination for dolphin and whale watching.
As a tropical country, it is very fair to say that Sri Lanka does not have any seasonal changes like in Europe. But we have two monsoon rains, southwest monsoon (May to September) and northeast monsoon (November to March). Most of national parks such as Yala, Bundala, Lunugamvehera, Minneriya Wilpattu are located in affected areas of southeast monsoon. General tourist season in Sri Lanka is from November to March. Some national parks are busy with more jeeps specially in Yala. If you can avoid this period, you can enjoy calm and quite jeeps safari experiences in parks. So the best time to do safaris in national parks are April to end of August. Only Yala national park will be closed in September for a month or 45 days in every year.
During the dry season from May to October several hundreds of elephant gather in a one area in Minneriya or Kaudull national parks. This spectacular phenomenon known as “The Gathering” and possible to watch the highest concentration of Asian elephants in a single location. Minneriya park is the most popular national park to watch elephant gathering and the receding bank of the Minneriya Lake are covered with hundreds of elephants in search of food and water. In 2012 Lonely Planet ranked, the Gathering, as 06th on their list of the world’s best wildlife spectacles.
Wilpattu national park and Minneriya national parks are in the top of the list. Minneriya national park is famous for Elephant Gathering. Wilpattu national park is the oldest and largest national park in Sri Lanka. It is widely regarded as the place to spot leopards in its natural habitat. It is also the best possible park to watch the Sloth Bear which is a highly endangered animal in Sri Lanka.
No, camping inside national parks are not allowed. So no camping sites inside national parks. But there are camping sites outside and close to national parks and run by private sector.
Since November 2012 Sri Lanka has be free of locally acquired malaria until now (as http://www.news.lk/fetures/item/7270-let-s-together-keep-sri-lanka-malaria-free reports onApril 2015). However, please consult your family doctor or a specialist and get advice.
Yes, we can add extra days for whale watching excursion to wildlife and safari tour, only if you do the wildlife safari tour in November to March. The best time for whale watching is from November to March.