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Sri Lanka Ultimate Wildlife Safari

An adventurous safari exploring Sri Lanka's wildlife havens. Seek out leopards, elephants, sloth bears, diverse bird species and more with visits to Wilpattu, Yala, Gal Oya and Udawalawe National Parks and the Sinharaja Rainforest, while also experiencing some of the islands cultural sights.

Duration 22 days
Price From $9,429
When Dec - Mar
Destination Sri Lanka

Safari Overview

Focusing on the diverse and fascinating wildlife of Sri Lanka, you will spend 22 days discovering the flora and fauna of some of the islands best national parks. From leopards prowling the forests of Wilpattu and Yala National Parks, to the elephant herds of Udawalawe and the colourful birdlife that abounds in the Sinharaja Rainforest, Sri Lanka boasts a variety of unique ecosystems. You will also experience a taste of the rich cultural history of Sri Lanka, with visits to the ancient Sigiriya Rock Fortress and the famous tea gardens of the Hill Country. Spend your final few days on the stunning beaches of the south coast, the perfect way to relax after your safari.

What makes this trip extraordinary?

  • Visit Wilpattu National Park, Sri Lanka’s largest national park and one of the best places to spot leopards.
  • Seek out leopard, elephant, crocodile and sloth bear in Yala National Park.
  • Journey off the beaten track in the remote Gal Oya National Park and Sinharaja Rainforest.
  • Relax on the beautiful palm-fringed beaches of Weligama Bay. 

Despite its relatively small size, the rich and varied natural habitats of Sri Lanka make it one of the best places in Asia for wildlife viewing.

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Day by day

Day 1

Arrive Colombo

Upon your arrival into Sri Lanka you will be met by our local representative and transferred to your hotel, about an hours drive from the airport. The rest of the day is at your leisure; relax by the pool or explore the plantation surrounding your hotel.

Overnight: Horathapola Estate

Day 2

Horathapola - Wilpattu National Park

After breakfast this morning you will be driven north along the coast to Wilpattu National Park. The largest and one of the oldest national parks on the island, Wilpattu is renowned as one of the best places to see Asiatic leopard. Arriving in time for lunch at your camp, you will head out in the afternoon for your first game drive in the park. Enjoy dinner back at camp under the stars.

Day 3

Wilpattu National Park

An early start this morning as you head out for a sunrise jeep safari in the national park. Wildlife you may encounter in the park includes elephant, sloth bear, deer, crocodile and leopard. Return to camp for a late breakfast and take some time to relax, before heading out into the park again in the late afternoon for your second game drive of the day.

Day 4

Wilpattu National Park - Sigiriya

Embark on your final game drive in the park this morning before being driven to your hotel within the 'cultural triangle'. This area is famous for its ancient cultural sites, including the imposing Sigiriya Rock Fortress, the Buddhist temple at Dambulla and the ancient cities of Polonnaruwa and Anuradhapura. Upon arrival, settle in to your hotel before enjoying a guided walk to the local village in the evening, where you will have the opportunity to meet the locals.

Day 5

Sigiriya & Polonnaruwa

Today you will visit the incredible Sigiriya Rock Fortress, a UNESCO World Heritage Site. Built on top of a 600ft rock column, the fortress is decorated with colourful frescoes and offers unparalleled views over the surrounding landscapes. After enjoying lunch in a local restaurant you will visit Polonnaruwa, the ancient capital city of Sri Lanka, witnessing the many Buddha statues, stupas and monuments that adorn this archaeological site.

Day 6

Sigiriya - Gal Oya National Park

Today you will be driven to the remote Gal Oya National Park, home to elephants and diverse reptile and bird species, as well as Senanayake Samudraya, the largest reservoir in Sri Lanka. Spend the afternoon exploring the park by jeep, boat or on foot, before enjoying an evening under the stars back at your lodge.

Overnight: Gal Oya Lodge B, D

Days 7-8

Gal Oya National Park

You will spend the next two days exploring the park, noted for its large elephant population and also as the home to one of the last surviving Veddha populations, the indigenous people of Sri Lanka. You will have the opportunity to spend one afternoon on a bush walk with a Veddha elder, learning about the local flora and fauna.

Overnight: Gal Oya Lodge B, L, D

Day 9

Gal Oya National Park - Kandy

Today you will be met at your lodge and driven to Kandy, the second largest city in Sri Lanka. The rest of your day is at leisure, when you can spend your time relaxing at the hotel or exploring the city.

Overnight: Elephant Stables B

Day 10

Kandy - Hatton

This morning you will visit the Temple of the Tooth for the unveiling of the Buddha's tooth, before heading to the railway station to board your train to the Hill Country. Winding through the tea plantations, you will be able to observe a variety of wildlife from the open doors of your train. Upon arrival in Hatton, you will be met by your driver and transferred to your colonial-era hotel, situated within a tea plantation.

Day 11

Hatton

Spend your day exploring the rolling hills and verdant tea plantations of the surrounding area. Enjoy a guided tour of a working tea factory, take a hike through the plantation or simply relax by the pool.

Day 12

Hatton - Sinharaja Rainforest

Today you will be transferred from the tea plantations to Sri Lanka's last remaining tract of tropical rainforest, the Sinharaja. You will spend the afternoon exploring the forest with your guide, seeking out wildlife such as blue magpies, monkeys, snakes and lizards.

Day 13

Sinharaja Rainforest

This morning you will journey into the rainforest for a hike along the logging tracks and forest trails in search of reptiles, monkeys and colourful birdlife. Return to your hotel for lunch and rest during the heat of the day, before heading back into the forest in the late afternoon.

Day 14

Sinharaja Rainforest - Udawalawe National Park

This morning you will be driven east to Udawalawe National Park, best known for its excellent elephant sightings. Pay a visit to the elephant transit home, where you can witness orphaned elephants being bottle-fed, before continuing on to your lodge close to the park entrance. In the late afternoon, embark on a jeep safari into the park.

Day 15

Udawalawe - Yala National Park

Today you will transfer to Yala National Park, the second largest park in Sri Lanka. Home to one of the world's largest Asiatic leopard populations, Yala is also home to elephants, crocodiles, monkeys, deer and sloth bears. Arriving into your camp in time for lunch, settle in before venturing out on a late afternoon game drive in the park.

Days 16-17

Yala National Park

The next few days will be spent exploring Yala National Park. Rise early and enjoy morning game drives as the sun begins to rise and the wildlife is at its most active. With some luck, you may have sightings of elephant, sloth bear, deer, crocodile, a diverse array of birdlife, and Asiatic leopard. Returning to camp for breakfast and some relaxation, you will head out on further game drives in the afternoon.

Day 18

Yala National Park - Weligama

This morning you will be driven along the south coast to the beautiful sandy beaches of the Weligama Bay. Upon arrival, check into your hotel and enjoy the rest of the day at your leisure.

Overnight: Cape Weligama B

Days 19-20

Weligama

Spend your days in Weligama relaxing by the pool or on the beaches; the perfect way to unwind following your adventure.

Overnight: Cape Weligama B

Day 21

Weligama - Colombo

After a leisurely morning, you will be transferred back to the capital city of Colombo. Colombo hosts a wealth of architectural and cultural delights, which you can enjoy on an evening walking tour of the city.

Day 22

Depart Sri Lanka

Your time in Sri Lanka has come to an end. You will be driven to the airport in time for your international flight home.

Trip Details

Dates and Prices

This is a tailor-made wildlife safari and can be edited to suit your needs, wants and budget. We have chosen the accommodation to be as close as possible to the wildlife-rich areas of interest.

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