Best time slots to reserve a safari
Three best time slots
MORNING GAME DRIVE
Game Drive starts at 6 AM and will end's at 10.00 am, you will be picked up from your hotel in the national park area at 5.15 am.
AFTERNOON GAME DRIVE
Game Drive starts at 2 pm and will end's at 6.00 pm, you will be picked up from your hotel in the national park area at 1.15 pm.
FULL DAY GAME DRIVE
Game Drive starts at 6 AM and will end's at 6.00 pm, you will be picked up from your hotel in the national park area at 5.15 am.
Book a Game Drive in popular national parks in Sri Lanka
Safari in Yala NP
Yala is the most famous NP on the island because it is very likely to spot animal since it has more open areas and most of the plants are bush-like plantsMore Info / Book
Safari in Wilpattu NP
Wilpattu NP is most popular for its leopard density, also it's a top national park in the world for its leopard, 75% of the Wilpattu NP is covered with thick jungleMore Info / Book
Safari in Udawalawe NP
Udawalawe NP provide Natural habitat for Srilankan elephants, Many elephants are attracted to the park because of the Udawalawe reservoirMore Info / Book
Safari in Minneriya NP
Witness the world largest elephant gathering, elephant herds from 150 to as high as 700 Can be are seen in Minneriya NP during the dry seasonMore Info / Book
Jeep tours in Lesser-known National Parks In Sri Lanka
Bundala is located close to Yala, but less-popular safari destination, if you are a bird lover this is a not to miss bird paradise also good place to avoid the tourist crowd, Bundala harbour not only birds, occasional leopard, elephants, reptiles, amphibians, and many other faunae. Park consists of five Lagoons providing wintering ground for migratory waterbirds, not to mention park's harbours 197 species of birds.
If you are a bird-watcher Kaudulla is one of a good place to visit. Apart from the birds, you can spot elephants, Sambar deer, chevrotain, wild boar, Axis deer, sloth bear, and occasional Leopard. The centrepiece of the park is Kaudulla tank build by King Mahasen, surrounded by lowlands, hills, scrubland and forest. Even you can do a boat ride in Kaudulla tank while bird watching. Best to visit from June to September.
The Wasgamuwa is Best place to see sloth bear, highest density when compared to other parks in the island, Wasgamuwa park is a dry evergreen forest located in Sri Lanka's dry zone, the park holds More than 150 floral species and 23 species of mammals, including Elephants and many other faunae including 143 species birds, 15 species of amphibians 35 reptiles and lots of butterflies can be spotted. Also very less-crowded park.
Gal Oya NP
If you are a nature lover and like the peace of mind, Gal Oya Park's boat ride will give you a wonderful experience to your wildlife tour. Popular for its spectacular view of nature combined with man-made gigantic reservoir create heavenly beauty. Gal Oya National Park lies in the southeast of the island and famous for a boat safari. 32 terrestrial mammals and more than 150 species of birds have been recorded in Gal Oya.
The Lunugamvehera is an important habitat for elephants and water birds, also it serves as a catchment area of the Lunugamvehera reservoir and surrounding wildlife areas. Park is a vital corridor for elephants to migrate between Udawalawe and Yala. Park provides a home for 43 mammals, 12 amphibians, 21 fish species, 183 birds and 33 reptiles. Lunugamvehera packed with amazing views and good for bird watchers.
The Kumana is famous for its birds and elephants, the density of other animals remains low, however, it’s not rare to spot a leopard, along with crocodiles, wild buffalo, white cobras and turtles. Tourist numbers on any given day remain extremely low throughout the eyer, even during high season. Ornithological rich mangrove swamp attracts birds, turning into a good place to do bird watching. There have been sightings of Black-necked stork, and tons of other birds.
Lahugala Kitulana NP
Situated in Ampara District and one of the smallest park in the island. Due to its remote location, the park has almost no visits at all. Despite its size and unpopularity park has lots of endemic birds and mammals. Rusty-Spotted cat, Fishing cat, Toque Macaque, Tufted Gray Langur, Golden Jackal, Wild boar and Axis deer are some of them. Parks Physical features consist of flat terrain and occasional rocky outcrops, with a think jungle
Kalawewa Declared recently as a National park in the year of 2015 and became more popular in the year 2019. Man-made humongous reservoir build by King Datusena in 307 B.C, Capable of holding 123 million cubic meters of rainwater which feedback to local farmlands, During the season reservoir attracts lots of elephants that reside in nearby vegetation. Safaris only can be done when water levels declined, the best time to visit will be June to Jully, however, this could vary depending on weather patterns. The park is also home to many birds and makes it a good place to do birdwatching as well..
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- 1: The blue whale
- 2: The sperm whale
- 3: The srilankan leopard
- 4: The srilankan elephant
- 5: The srilankan sloth bear
Important facts about Wildlife Safaris in Sri Lanka
- When is the best time to do a safari tour
- The best time depends on the National park you are going to select. for example February to July is the best time to visit Yala National park, but in general, Yala is a year-round destination except drought (September to October) weather patterns subject to change.
The best time to visit Wilpattu is from February to October. Willpattu is also good to visit all around the year.
The best time to visit Minnariya is from September to November.
Udawalawe park is good to go all around the year. Contact us for more info.
- What are the best national parks in the island for wildlife tour
- Most popular national parks are Yala, Wilpattu, Udawalawe and Minneriya national parks
- What is the entrance ticket price?.
- Entrance ticket price will start from USD 27 per-adult. Contact us for more info. Or you can check our national park page, for ticket price and jeep fee.
- Best place to book a Wildlife tour
- You can book an all-inclusive, hassle-free wildlife tour with us
Sri Lankan Safaris
Things you need to know about Safaris, beforehand.
Sri Lanka is a must-visit Safari destination in the world. A small island nation filled with hundreds of endemic species is a big draw to do a safari. The best way to have a wildlife encounter is to take a Safari Game Drive in a National park in Sri Lanka. Below you can find some of the most valuable information that nobody tells beforehand. I am sure this will clear any doubt you having what to expect on the tour itself.
It is definitely a bumpy ride.
Well, This is wilderness, so do not expect a comfortable ride like you are on an expressway, jeeps have comfortable seats with local standard and have pretty good suspensions, however, they can't absorb a sudden jerk as a high-performance vehicles handle shocks.
So hold on to something and do not forget to have a good grip to your camera, unless you want it to fly away into the wilderness.
If you are on a wildlife photography tour, let Go4safri know about it beforehand. They will make arrangement for that.
Just by sitting in the front row will reduce the shocks by a great extent, and the last row will have the exact opposite reaction. Last row is directly over the wheels so you will experience lots of bouncing effects. teenagers might like it.
While you are on a narrow trail watch-out for tree branches, most comes with thorns.
What to wear during the Safari.
It's not like Man vs Wild appeared in Discovery channel, you are not crawling through mud with elephants, anyway, you are not allowed to step outside of the vehicle, in most locations, unless your park ranger permits to do so, it's park rules.
However, your clothes, hair, face might get dusty, If you prefer to stay clean no matter what, do not forget to bring a wet wipe to clean off your face.
Big picture about what you can wear, is, you can wear whatever you want, consider the blazing sun when you select your clothes.
You may get sun sunburn.
Do not forget to have a sunscreen or shades. Locals can endure the heat, but not for you. most of the vehicles (jeeps) have a roof, but the sun won't stay on top, most of the time.
Other important things that you should know about.
If you want to take a photographs coordinate with your driver for stopping the vehicle while it is moving or you want to get in to a perfect spot for your photograph, Put your camera on sport mode and keep it ready at all times, you don't know when you will encounter amazing wildlife in its natural habitat.
You will have bathroom breaks when you have your picnic breakfast and picnic lunch, if you need any additional bathroom breaks just tell the driver, but it will disrupt the Game-Drive so only drink adequate liquids.
One more thing, you will not be the only vehicle doing the tour, popular national parks have more jeeps, having the same goal as you, so you have to take it easy about the traffic jam, for the sake of country’s incredible wildlife, you are about to witness.
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