Sri Lanka Yala Safaris

Explore The Safaris

Dive into the enchanting world of Leopard Safaris with our newest video showcase! Journey with us as we unveil the magic and allure of a safari adventure, offering you a glimpse into the captivating experiences that await. From the majestic sightings of leopards in their natural habitat to the serene beauty of the wilderness that surrounds, this video is your gateway to understanding what makes Leopard Safaris a truly magical and unforgettable experience. Join us as we explore the natural wonders and the thrilling encounters that make each safari unique.

*Safaris is only available with our all-inclusive packages (in-house guests)

Ethical and Eco-Friendly Safaris

Our trained naturalists will take you on an unforgettable experience at Yala National Park, Sri Lanka’s premier game reserve. We have been operating our professional safari tours since 2006, with utmost respect for the flora and fauna inhabiting the National Park. We believe in minimal animal disturbance on our wild Safari Tours.

Our excursions are in the cooler hours of the morning and the late afternoon when the chances of spotting wildlife are at their best. Our guides know the park inside out and will take you to the best spots for spotting elephants, leopards, crocodiles and and all other species living in Yala National Park.

Our Customized Safari Jeeps

Safaris is only available with our all-inclusive packages (in-house guests)

Promising an incomparable experience in the wild, you’ll safari daily aboard our Toyota Land Cruisers, customized for your comfort. These four-wheel drive jeeps are geared for all terrains, and have been designed to maximize wildlife viewing in absolute comfort. Partly because your driver is well trained, and will make sure you feel comfortable and safe.

The jeeps are also incredibly practical. Each is equipped with a cool box of refreshments and nibbles, along with binoculars and wildlife field guides. We also have photographic equipment including battery charging facilities, camera support points, bean bags and arm clamps.

What Can I See?

Widely acknowledged as the Leopard capital of the world, Sri Lanka is the place for seeking out this rare creature, as well as an exciting range of other wildlife. In Sri Lanka leopards are the apex predators, with no real competition for food. This means they are generally not shy and you can even find leopards walking along the road during daytime, or simply escaping from the heat by sleeping relaxed on a shady tree.

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Yala National Park

Yala National Park is located in the Southeast of Sri Lanka and borders the Indian Ocean to the East. With its 979 square kilometers (97,881 hectares or 379 square miles), it is Sri Lanka’s second largest National Park. Due to its size and location on the island Yala offers a wide variety of habitats such as dry zones, rivers, lagoons, forest, rocky outcrops, and shore line and therefore boasts a high diversity of mammals, reptiles, amphibians and plant species.

Yala is divided into 5 blocks, each block has a different name and can be visited with individual permits. Generally when talking about ‘Yala National Park’ people are referring to Block I (Ruhuna National Park) which is where most safaris happen, and is famous for having one of the highest densities of leopards in the world. Block I has 2 entrances – the main entrance (Palatupana) near Tissamaharama and the quieter back entrance (Katagamuwa) near Kataragama.

 

We are conveniently located only 3km from the Katagamuwa entrance, this quieter back entrance to Block I,  ensuring less disturbance and more visibility of the vast range of flora and fauna. Alternatively, we can use the main Galge entrance (to Block III, IV, V) only 20 minutes away.

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The Weather

Sri Lanka’s diverse seasons are equally alluring and ensure that a stay with Leopard Safaris is rewarding at any time of the year. 

Sri Lanka is tempered by two monsoons (north-east and south-west), which affect the island at opposing times of the year. During the monsoon season the parks are beautifully lush – the trees are in full blossom, mornings are cool and dewy, and birds migrating here from overseas contribute to the parks’ rich birdlife. This is also a wonderful time of the year to see Sri Lanka’s elephants. 

Conversely, in the dry season, when many waterholes dry up and the browning bush dies back, the chances of viewing big game are highest. In between seasons, you can enjoy the best of both worlds so no two visits to our safari camps in Sri Lanka are ever the same!

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