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Sri Lanka: Wilpattu National Park Safari Tour in a 4WD Jeep

1. Sri Lanka: Wilpattu National Park Safari Tour in a 4WD Jeep

After being picked up from your hotel in the Wilpattu area or Park Entrance you will enter Wilpattu National Park to explore the Willus, 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 knowledgable guide and driver expertly navigates the vast area and roads. The morning tour will begin at 5.30am 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. Leopards, elephants, water buffalo, sloth bears, sambars, jackals, spotted deer, peacocks, and crocodiles can all be found in this rich environment.

Wilpattu National Park Safari Tour from Negombo

2. Wilpattu National Park Safari Tour from Negombo

Spend a day at the largest and one of the oldest National Parks in Sri Lanka - Wilpattu, which is also among the top national parks and world-renowned for its leopard population. The park is unique to others in the country with its dense country woodland and masses of birds, lying inland from the coast in the Northern Province. Meet your guide at your accommodation in Negombo and begin your journey around 10.00 AM. Reach Wilpattu National Park after approximately 4 hours. Wilpattu is 508 square miles (131.694 hectares) and was declared as a National Park in 1938. The special feature of this park is the large number of Villus (lakes), where you can watch wildlife and many species of birds. Leopards and elephant herds are the most famous animals in the park. Spotted Deer, Sambhur, Barking Deer, Wild Boar, Wild Buffalo, Sloth Bear, Mongoose, Crocodile, and Peacocks are also found here. After your safari, enjoy a local lunch at the Puttalam Hotel then return to your accommodation. 

Wilpattu National Park Safari Tour

3. Wilpattu National Park Safari Tour

After being picked up from your hotel in the Wilpattu area or Park Entrance you will enter Wilpattu National Park to explore the Willus, 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 knowledgable guide and driver expertly navigates the vast area and roads. The morning tour will begin at 5.30am 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. Leopards, elephants, water buffalo, sloth bears, sambars, jackals, spotted deer, peacocks, and crocodiles can all be found in this rich environment.

From Anuradhapura: Full-Day Wilpattu National Park Safari

4. From Anuradhapura: Full-Day Wilpattu National Park Safari

Discover the unique landscape of the Wilpattu National Park as you look out for its resident leopards and other wildlife. Enjoy a fantastic full-day safari on a private tour from Anuradhapura. Get picked up at your hotel and relax in air-conditioned comfort on the journey to the park. Enjoy breakfast, then hop into a jeep to start your game drive through a reserve known for its large leopard population. Ride along forest trails as you look out for animals and admire the natural lakes that give Wilpattu a genuine wilderness feeling.  A delicious picnic lunch will be served at a scenic location. After lunch, continue to explore the dense woodland, looking out for birds, sloth bears, spotted deer, wild pigs, and crocodiles. Visitor numbers are low, even in high season, so you can see incredible wildlife without the crowds.

Wilpattu National Park Safari Tour from Colombo

5. Wilpattu National Park Safari Tour from Colombo

Benefit from pickup at your hotel in Colombo, and then relax in air-conditioned comfort on the 4-hour journey to Wilpattu National Park, located on the northwest coast of Sri Lanka's lowland dry zone. Enter the vast nature reserve, declared a national park in 1938, and discover the unique willus water basins that fill with rainwater. Look for native wildlife, including herds of elephants in their natural habitat. Keep a look out for elusive leopards, along with spotted deer, sambar deer, barking deer, wild boar, wild buffalo, sloth bear, mongoose, crocodiles, and peacocks. Get some free time to enjoy a local lunch at the nearby Puttalam Hotel, at your own expense. Then, relax on the journey back to Colombo and get dropped off at your hotel on arrival.

Wilpattu National park with Safari jeep & Entrance ticket

6. Wilpattu National park with Safari jeep & Entrance ticket

Meet your guide at your accommodation in Wilpattu and begin your journey around morning or evening. Wilpattu is 508 square miles (131.694 hectares) and was declared as a National Park in 1938. The special feature of this park is the large number of Villus (lakes), where you can watch wildlife and many species of birds. Leopards and elephant herds are the most famous animals in the park. Spotted Deer, Sambhur, Barking Deer, Wild Boar, Wild Buffalo, Sloth Bear, Mongoose, Crocodile, and Peacocks are also found here. After the safari, enjoy a local lunch at the Hotel nearby on own then return to your accommodation nearby Wilpattu national park

Srilanka: Private Car or Van Charter with Driver.

7. Srilanka: Private Car or Van Charter with Driver.

Ditch public transport woes! Craft your dream Sri Lankan adventure with a private car/van & local expert. Flexible Itinerary: Design your perfect multi-day trip, from ancient temples to hidden beaches. It's all yours to discover! Relax in Comfort: Travel in air-conditioned bliss with a friendly, knowledgeable driver. Get insider tips on shopping, dining & must-sees. Discover Gems: Explore iconic sights like Sigiriya rock, Ella mountain view & more. Unwind at secret beaches & waterfalls. Group-Friendly: Find the perfect vehicle for 1-7 passengers. Enjoy convenient pick-up & drop-off at your accommodation. Endless Options: Immerse yourself in Temple of tooth art scene, conquer Ella rock, or savor local delicacies. The choice is yours! Your driver, your schedule, your Sri Lanka. Book now & embark on an unforgettable adventure!

From Anuradhapura: Full Day Wilpattu's Wild Wonders -Private

8. From Anuradhapura: Full Day Wilpattu's Wild Wonders -Private

05.30 am: Begin your adventure with a pick-up from your hotel in Anuradhapura/ Wilpattu, as you prepare to embark on an exciting journey to Wilpattu National Park. 06.00 am: Experience a thrilling full-day safari at Wilpattu National Park, renowned for its high leopard density and vast size of 130,000 hectares. The safari, lasting approximately 7 to 8 hours, offers a unique opportunity to explore one of Sri Lanka's largest and historically significant national parks. Wilpattu is famous worldwide for its leopard population, and its safari experience sets it apart from other national parks. The park's distinguishing feature is the presence of "Willus" (Natural lakes), which add to the park's wilderness ambiance. Keep an eye out for sloth bears, crocodiles, spotted deer, and wild pigs, as they are frequently spotted during the safari. Throughout the day, water bottles and light cuisine will be provided to ensure your comfort and enjoyment. 05.00 pm: As the safari concludes, make your way back to your hotel in Anuradhapura, relishing the memories of an exhilarating day spent amidst the natural wonders of Wilpattu National Park.

Wilpattu National Park: 3-Hour Morning or Evening Safari

9. Wilpattu National Park: 3-Hour Morning or Evening Safari

Go on a thrilling 3-hour morning or evening safari adventure in Wilpattu National Park, the largest national park in Sri Lanka. Capture unforgettable sights of a diverse range of flora and fauna, and an outstanding array of wildlife that charms travelers from all around the world.  Explore the stunning scenery and incredibly abundant wildlife overlooking the dazzling dry tropical rainforest and the silver-blue small water pools. Take in the sights of mighty elephants as well as views of spotted deer, barking deer, jackals, sambhar, wild pig, and water buffalo. Apart from the mammals, your safari can guarantee you ample opportunity for spotting incredibly beautiful swamps of butterflies saturated with vivid colors including great egg fly, great orange tip, glad-eye bushbrown, blue Mormon, common Mormon, crimson rose, and more. Thanks to the stunning coastal belt, shallow lakes, dense scrublands, treeless grasslands, and thick forests, catch a variety of wildlife during your safari experience. The small water bodies scattered around the park are a prominent feature that enhances the photographic character of the park, while also attracting a variety of aquatic birds and reptiles.

Anuradhapura: Wilpattu National Park Day Trip with entrance

10. Anuradhapura: Wilpattu National Park Day Trip with entrance

Meet your guide at your accommodation in Anuradhapura and begin your morning or afternoon. Reach Wilpattu National Park after approximately 1 hour. Spend a day at the largest and one of the oldest National Parks in Sri Lanka - Wilpattu, which is also among the top national parks and world-renowned for its leopard population. The park is unique to others in the country with its dense country woodland and masses of birds, lying inland from the coast in the Northern Province. Wilpattu is 508 square miles (131.694 hectares) and was declared as a National Park in 1938. The special feature of this park is the large number of Villus (lakes), where you can watch wildlife and many species of birds. Leopards and elephant herds are the most famous animals in the park. Spotted Deer, Sambhur, Barking Deer, Wild Boar, Wild Buffalo, Sloth Bear, Mongoose, Crocodile, and Peacocks are also found here. After your safari, return to your accommodation.

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Wilpattu National Park: Our most recommended tours and activities

Sri Lanka: Wilpattu National Park Safari Tour in a 4WD Jeep

Sri Lanka: Wilpattu National Park Safari Tour in a 4WD Jeep

After being picked up from your hotel in the Wilpattu area or Park Entrance you will enter Wilpattu National Park to explore the Willus, 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 knowledgable guide and driver expertly navigates the vast area and roads. The morning tour will begin at 5.30am 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. Leopards, elephants, water buffalo, sloth bears, sambars, jackals, spotted deer, peacocks, and crocodiles can all be found in this rich environment.

Wilpattu National Park Safari Tour from Negombo

Wilpattu National Park Safari Tour from Negombo

Spend a day at the largest and one of the oldest National Parks in Sri Lanka - Wilpattu, which is also among the top national parks and world-renowned for its leopard population. The park is unique to others in the country with its dense country woodland and masses of birds, lying inland from the coast in the Northern Province. Meet your guide at your accommodation in Negombo and begin your journey around 10.00 AM. Reach Wilpattu National Park after approximately 4 hours. Wilpattu is 508 square miles (131.694 hectares) and was declared as a National Park in 1938. The special feature of this park is the large number of Villus (lakes), where you can watch wildlife and many species of birds. Leopards and elephant herds are the most famous animals in the park. Spotted Deer, Sambhur, Barking Deer, Wild Boar, Wild Buffalo, Sloth Bear, Mongoose, Crocodile, and Peacocks are also found here. After your safari, enjoy a local lunch at the Puttalam Hotel then return to your accommodation. 

Wilpattu National Park Safari Tour

Wilpattu National Park Safari Tour

After being picked up from your hotel in the Wilpattu area or Park Entrance you will enter Wilpattu National Park to explore the Willus, 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 knowledgable guide and driver expertly navigates the vast area and roads. The morning tour will begin at 5.30am 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. Leopards, elephants, water buffalo, sloth bears, sambars, jackals, spotted deer, peacocks, and crocodiles can all be found in this rich environment.

From Anuradhapura: Full-Day Wilpattu National Park Safari

From Anuradhapura: Full-Day Wilpattu National Park Safari

Discover the unique landscape of the Wilpattu National Park as you look out for its resident leopards and other wildlife. Enjoy a fantastic full-day safari on a private tour from Anuradhapura. Get picked up at your hotel and relax in air-conditioned comfort on the journey to the park. Enjoy breakfast, then hop into a jeep to start your game drive through a reserve known for its large leopard population. Ride along forest trails as you look out for animals and admire the natural lakes that give Wilpattu a genuine wilderness feeling.  A delicious picnic lunch will be served at a scenic location. After lunch, continue to explore the dense woodland, looking out for birds, sloth bears, spotted deer, wild pigs, and crocodiles. Visitor numbers are low, even in high season, so you can see incredible wildlife without the crowds.

Wilpattu National Park Safari Tour from Colombo

Wilpattu National Park Safari Tour from Colombo

Benefit from pickup at your hotel in Colombo, and then relax in air-conditioned comfort on the 4-hour journey to Wilpattu National Park, located on the northwest coast of Sri Lanka's lowland dry zone. Enter the vast nature reserve, declared a national park in 1938, and discover the unique willus water basins that fill with rainwater. Look for native wildlife, including herds of elephants in their natural habitat. Keep a look out for elusive leopards, along with spotted deer, sambar deer, barking deer, wild boar, wild buffalo, sloth bear, mongoose, crocodiles, and peacocks. Get some free time to enjoy a local lunch at the nearby Puttalam Hotel, at your own expense. Then, relax on the journey back to Colombo and get dropped off at your hotel on arrival.

Wilpattu National park with Safari jeep & Entrance ticket

Wilpattu National park with Safari jeep & Entrance ticket

Meet your guide at your accommodation in Wilpattu and begin your journey around morning or evening. Wilpattu is 508 square miles (131.694 hectares) and was declared as a National Park in 1938. The special feature of this park is the large number of Villus (lakes), where you can watch wildlife and many species of birds. Leopards and elephant herds are the most famous animals in the park. Spotted Deer, Sambhur, Barking Deer, Wild Boar, Wild Buffalo, Sloth Bear, Mongoose, Crocodile, and Peacocks are also found here. After the safari, enjoy a local lunch at the Hotel nearby on own then return to your accommodation nearby Wilpattu national park

Srilanka: Private Car or Van Charter with Driver.

Srilanka: Private Car or Van Charter with Driver.

Ditch public transport woes! Craft your dream Sri Lankan adventure with a private car/van & local expert. Flexible Itinerary: Design your perfect multi-day trip, from ancient temples to hidden beaches. It's all yours to discover! Relax in Comfort: Travel in air-conditioned bliss with a friendly, knowledgeable driver. Get insider tips on shopping, dining & must-sees. Discover Gems: Explore iconic sights like Sigiriya rock, Ella mountain view & more. Unwind at secret beaches & waterfalls. Group-Friendly: Find the perfect vehicle for 1-7 passengers. Enjoy convenient pick-up & drop-off at your accommodation. Endless Options: Immerse yourself in Temple of tooth art scene, conquer Ella rock, or savor local delicacies. The choice is yours! Your driver, your schedule, your Sri Lanka. Book now & embark on an unforgettable adventure!

From Anuradhapura: Full Day Wilpattu's Wild Wonders -Private

From Anuradhapura: Full Day Wilpattu's Wild Wonders -Private

05.30 am: Begin your adventure with a pick-up from your hotel in Anuradhapura/ Wilpattu, as you prepare to embark on an exciting journey to Wilpattu National Park. 06.00 am: Experience a thrilling full-day safari at Wilpattu National Park, renowned for its high leopard density and vast size of 130,000 hectares. The safari, lasting approximately 7 to 8 hours, offers a unique opportunity to explore one of Sri Lanka's largest and historically significant national parks. Wilpattu is famous worldwide for its leopard population, and its safari experience sets it apart from other national parks. The park's distinguishing feature is the presence of "Willus" (Natural lakes), which add to the park's wilderness ambiance. Keep an eye out for sloth bears, crocodiles, spotted deer, and wild pigs, as they are frequently spotted during the safari. Throughout the day, water bottles and light cuisine will be provided to ensure your comfort and enjoyment. 05.00 pm: As the safari concludes, make your way back to your hotel in Anuradhapura, relishing the memories of an exhilarating day spent amidst the natural wonders of Wilpattu National Park.

Wilpattu National Park: 3-Hour Morning or Evening Safari

Wilpattu National Park: 3-Hour Morning or Evening Safari

Go on a thrilling 3-hour morning or evening safari adventure in Wilpattu National Park, the largest national park in Sri Lanka. Capture unforgettable sights of a diverse range of flora and fauna, and an outstanding array of wildlife that charms travelers from all around the world.  Explore the stunning scenery and incredibly abundant wildlife overlooking the dazzling dry tropical rainforest and the silver-blue small water pools. Take in the sights of mighty elephants as well as views of spotted deer, barking deer, jackals, sambhar, wild pig, and water buffalo. Apart from the mammals, your safari can guarantee you ample opportunity for spotting incredibly beautiful swamps of butterflies saturated with vivid colors including great egg fly, great orange tip, glad-eye bushbrown, blue Mormon, common Mormon, crimson rose, and more. Thanks to the stunning coastal belt, shallow lakes, dense scrublands, treeless grasslands, and thick forests, catch a variety of wildlife during your safari experience. The small water bodies scattered around the park are a prominent feature that enhances the photographic character of the park, while also attracting a variety of aquatic birds and reptiles.

Anuradhapura: Wilpattu National Park Day Trip with entrance

Anuradhapura: Wilpattu National Park Day Trip with entrance

Meet your guide at your accommodation in Anuradhapura and begin your morning or afternoon. Reach Wilpattu National Park after approximately 1 hour. Spend a day at the largest and one of the oldest National Parks in Sri Lanka - Wilpattu, which is also among the top national parks and world-renowned for its leopard population. The park is unique to others in the country with its dense country woodland and masses of birds, lying inland from the coast in the Northern Province. Wilpattu is 508 square miles (131.694 hectares) and was declared as a National Park in 1938. The special feature of this park is the large number of Villus (lakes), where you can watch wildlife and many species of birds. Leopards and elephant herds are the most famous animals in the park. Spotted Deer, Sambhur, Barking Deer, Wild Boar, Wild Buffalo, Sloth Bear, Mongoose, Crocodile, and Peacocks are also found here. After your safari, return to your accommodation.

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What people are saying about Wilpattu National Park

Overall rating

4.4
(12 reviews)

Our flight got cancelled having to arrive 6h later and had issues with the rental car company. However, Mastercars's Jeep Tour was very patient and understanding with our situation allowing us to postpone the tour date twice with kind words and without any charge! They also put in s big effort for us to see animals and birds as much as we could throughput the day, tryinh to search for the bear at the end 🐻 We do appreciate the kind accommodating manners, professionalism and knowledge - thank you! 😊

Got the jeep to ourselves, driver was awesome, had en eagle eye and spotted a lot of wildlife for us, then explained and answered any questions, would recommend

Fantastic day trip, well worth the money Had a lovely meal on the way and a great tour guide who spoke very good English Would highly recommend

Malinga was a very friendly and knowledgeable host. I highly recommend his services.

Great, but a little more expensive than what is displayed on site…