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Yala National Park: Morning or Afternoon Golden Hour Safari

1. Yala National Park: Morning or Afternoon Golden Hour Safari

After being picked up from your hotel/location in the local area you will enter Yala National Park to explore the light forests, scrubs, grasslands, lagoons, and magnificent range of animals. With your private 4WD Jeep and expert guide, the ‘Golden Hours’ of the day will be used to focus on leopard spotting, either the first 2 hours or the last 2 hours of the day. Throughout this safari, you will search for the world’s most concentrated number of leopards, sloth bears, and elephants, as your knowledgeable guide and driver expertly navigates the vast area and roads. The morning tour will begin at 5am from your hotel, to take in sunrise as the park opens at 6am. Whilst the afternoon option allows you to explore from 2pm until sunset when the park closes at 6pm. Situated on Sri Lanka’s south-east, hugging the panoramic Indian Ocean, Yala is a wildlife sanctuary and home to 44 varieties of mammals and 215 bird species. Leopards, elephants, water buffalo, sloth bears, sambars, jackals, spotted deer, peacocks, and crocodiles can all be found in this rich environment.

From Ella: Yala National Park Safari Tour in a 4x4

2. From Ella: Yala National Park Safari Tour in a 4x4

Your experience begins with a pickup from your accommodation in Ella. From there, relax on your drive to Yala National Park, home to 44 varieties of mammals and 215 bird species. Meet your private guide and climb into a sturdy 4x4 vehicle. Enjoy sunrise at the park — the ‘Golden Hours’ of the day — and explore the light forests, scrubs, grasslands, lagoons, and magnificent range of animals. After the safari, journey back to your point of origin to be dropped off back to your accommodation.

Ella: Transfer to Mirissa/Galle/Hikkaduwa & Yala Safari Tour

3. Ella: Transfer to Mirissa/Galle/Hikkaduwa & Yala Safari Tour

Combine a transfer from Ella, Haputale, or Bandarawela to Matara, Mirissa, Weligama, Unawatuna, Galle or Hikkaduwa area with a thrilling day trip to Yala National Park. Experience the immense biodiversity of this park on this Sri Lankan animal safari. Be picked up from your accommodation in Ella, Haputale, or Bandarawela. Relax and take in the local scenery on the drive to Yala National Park. Board an open-topped safari jeep to get the best views and photo angles. See the animals during the day when they are the most active. Watch for leopards, sloth bears, elephants, crocodiles, monkeys, water buffalos, and a large variety of bird species. Get some great shots of these magnificent creatures. Hear about wildlife and get photography tips from your local guide. Let your guide show you the spots where the animals are likely to congregate. Then, head back to your air-conditioned car for the ride to your accommodation in Matara, Mirissa, Weligama, Unawatuna, Galle or Hikkaduwa.

Yala National Park: Private Safari Day Trip with Lunch

4. Yala National Park: Private Safari Day Trip with Lunch

Yala Safari Day Trip is organised by Bentota Travel Mart. Free pick up & drop off are available from following areas. Wadduwa, Kalutara, Waskaduwa Beruwala, Bentota, Kosgoda, Ahungalla Hikkaduwa, Galle, Unawatuna, Talpe Ahangama, Koggala, Habaraduwa Weligama, Mirissa, Matara Dikwella, Tangalle, Ranna Hambantota, Weerawila, Tissamaharama, Yala, Udawalawe, Ella Attractions & Activities • Yala National Park Jeep Safari (4 Hours) Inclusions • Safari Jeep • National Park Entry fees • Lunch • Free Pick-up & Drop-off • Private Transportation with Experienced Driver-Guide Key Points Tour Starts from the pick-up point at 4.00am-6.00am ( Morning Safari) & 10.00am-12.00pm (Evening Safari) - This is an All Inclusive package & No hidden costs.

Galle/Mirissa: Yala & Udawalawe Safari Day Trip with Picnic

5. Galle/Mirissa: Yala & Udawalawe Safari Day Trip with Picnic

Your experience begins with a pickup from your accommodation. Relax on your drive to Yala National Park, home to 44 varieties of mammals and 215 bird species. Once you arrive at the national park, meet your private guide and climb into a sturdy 4x4 vehicle. As you drive through the park, enjoy the sunrise, also known as the "golden hours" of the day. Explore the light forests, scrubs, grasslands, and lagoons in search of the many animals who call the park home. After your safari, enjoy a delicious picnic lunch surrounded by nature before the drive to Udawalawe Elephant Transit Home. Arrive during feeding hours and smile at hundreds of wild elephant babies. Once feeding is over, head to Udawalawe National Park. Search for the world’s most concentrated number of elephants, spotted deer, jackals, wild boar, wild buffalo, and crocodiles with your guide and driver. After the safari ends at sunset, head back to your accommodation.

Sri Lanka: eSim Mobile Data Plan

6. Sri Lanka: eSim Mobile Data Plan

Make your trip to Sri Lanka hassle-free with your convenient eSIM. Stay connected on your travels with high-speed coverage in Sri Lanka. Purchase and install your eSIM anytime and anywhere, and choose from a variety of data packages, validity options, and coverage in additional countries. Simply scan the eSIM QR code to access all your essential apps on your trip. Avoid the trouble of managing multiple SIMs with this zero-waste solution. Get one eSIM per device and top up by simply buying and activating additional eSIM plans as you go. Once activated, your coverage will begin according to your selected duration. Most devices released after 2019 are compatible with eSIM (e.g. iPhone XR, XS of models beyond, Google Pixel 4 and beyond). If you are unsure, please check the compatibility guideline photo to confirm eligibility. If you can not connect to the internet after install this eSIM, please follow the Self Help Troubleshooting Guide in your GYG voucher. Carriers to use: Mobitel

Sri Lanka: eSIM Data Plan

7. Sri Lanka: eSIM Data Plan

Make your trip to Sri Lanka hassle-free with your convenient eSIM. Stay connected during your travels with high-speed coverage in Sri Lanka as well as Cambodia, Japan, and Bangladesh. Purchase and install your eSIM anytime and anywhere, and choose from a variety of data packages, validity options, and coverage in additional countries. Simply scan the eSIM QR code to access all your essential apps on your trip. Avoid the trouble of managing multiple SIMs with this zero-waste solution. Get one eSIM per device and top up by simply buying and activating additional eSIM plans as you go. Once activated, your coverage will begin according to your selected duration. All iPhone model launched beyond iPhone XS can support eSIM. For Android, if you are unsure, please check with the guideline photo for eligibility. If you can not connect to the internet after install this eSIM, please follow the Self Help Troubleshooting Guide in your GYG voucher. APN (Access Point Name): smartone Local operator info: Sri Lanka: Dialog Cambodia: Hello Axiata Japan: softbank Bangladesh: Robi

Yala National Park: Leopard Safari Full day tour with Lunch

8. Yala National Park: Leopard Safari Full day tour with Lunch

After being picked up from your hotel in the local area at around 5:00 AM, you will enter Yala National Park to explore the light forests, scrubs, grasslands, lagoons, and magnificent range of animals. Over nearly 400 square miles, the park consistently wows visitors, with its range of lagoons, riparian zones, monsoon jungles, and more, supporting a veritable arc of fauna. As you traverse the park, get the best view of it all from a modified game viewing safari Jeep. After exploring the vast park for a few hours at the helm of your knowledgeable guide, you’ll stop for a picnic lunch at a beautiful viewing spot. Unwind for a while after lunch and get ready to enjoy your second round of the game drive.  As you criss-cross through the stunning landscape, you have the opportunity to see elephants, sloth bears, toque monkeys, wild boar, water monitors, marsh crocodiles, and perhaps the crown jewel of Yala National Park, the spotted leopard—of which the park has one of the highest densities in the world. After your full day of safari exploration, you’ll be transported back to your accommodation, thrilled at the preserved piece of nature that you have experienced.

Galle/Unawatuna/Weligama/Mirissa: Yala National Park Safari

9. Galle/Unawatuna/Weligama/Mirissa: Yala National Park Safari

Your experience begins with a pickup from your hotel in either the Galle, Unawatuna, Weligama or Mirissa areas. From there, relax on your drive to Yala National Park. Upon arrival you'll go for a safari drive by Jeep, keeping an eye out for local leopards and elephants in their natural habitat. Other indigenous wildlife which are able to be spotted in this park includes sloth bears, jackals, mongoose, spotted deers, buffalo, wild boars, sambhur, and hare. Now the most-visited park in Sri Lanka, Yala is also an important nature reserve for 50 species of butterflies and many species of birds. After the safari, journey back to your point of origin to be dropped off back to your accommodation.

Ella: Transfer to Mirissa/Galle/Hikkaduwa & Yala Safari Tour

10. Ella: Transfer to Mirissa/Galle/Hikkaduwa & Yala Safari Tour

Combine a transfer from Ella, Haputale, or Bandarawela to Matara, Mirissa, Weligama, Unawatuna, Galle or Hikkaduwa area with a thrilling day trip to Yala National Park. Experience the immense biodiversity of this park on this Sri Lankan animal safari. Be picked up from your accommodation in Ella. Relax and take in the local scenery on the drive to Yala National Park. Board an open-topped safari jeep to get the best views and photo angles. See the animals during the day when they are the most active. Watch for leopards, sloth bears, elephants, crocodiles, monkeys, water buffalos, and a large variety of bird species. Get some great shots of these magnificent creatures. Hear about wildlife and get photography tips from your local guide. Let your guide show you the spots where the animals are likely to congregate. Then, head back to your air-conditioned car for the ride to your accommodation in Matara, Mirissa, Weligama, Unawatuna, Galle or Hikkaduwa.

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What people are saying about Hambantota

Rukshan the Driver was more than excellent! He look after me and my 82 year grandma very well. Always extremely professional, always arrived on time and also very knowledgeable. We managed to do a loop Colombo, Kandy, Nuwara Eliya, Ella, Mirissa and back to Colombo seeing all the sights we wanted and more. Rukshan arranged everything for us so we didn’t miss out and found us some great location gems we didn’t know about. His car was extremely clean and we both felt very safe with his professional local driving (so comfortable we often had a nap!) Would recommend to anyone, book and have a wonderful bespoke adventure

Picked up promptly from our accommodation by a comfortable car and drive to Yala. This park was one the highlights of our visit to Sri Lanka. We saw a leopard, elephants (even a big male with tusks), crocodiles, monkeys, jackals, deer, iguana, chameleon, mungos, boars, peacocks, several eagles, and many other birds. Our safari guide really makes sure you get the best out of the experience and getting a good view to see the animals is also very knowledgeable. After the safari our driver drop to our accommodation in Tangalle.

We opted for Morning tour at Yala. Absolutely it was perfect. The transportation from Ella to Park and Park to our hotel in Galle were smooth. And our Safari driver/guide was very knowledgeable about everything in the park, and he has a sharp eye to find animals. We could see two leopards, many elephants and more other animals in the Morning session. It was amazing. Friendly service.

We were picked up promptly for 3ammorning safari, Sasanka our driver was professional and most importantly seemed to know how to be in the right place at the right time! We were pretty much first in the park saw a leopard straight away, then saw him again later on a rock sunning himself in full view. He was majestic and mesmerizing. Great transfer.

The driver was great! Friendly, courteous and very committed - top. He was also very nice when we visited the bird park and gave us the peace and quiet we needed. The journey there and back was very pleasant. The safari was also great, the guide tried to show us everything without us constantly bumping into other groups.