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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.

Yala: National Park Safari Private All-Inclusive Day Trip

3. Yala: National Park Safari Private All-Inclusive Day Trip

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 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 English Speaking 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

4. 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.

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

5. 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.

Yala National Park: Leopard Safari Full day tour with Lunch

6. 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

7. 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.

Hambantota Port: Yala National Park Wildlife Safari in a 4x4

8. Hambantota Port: Yala National Park Wildlife Safari in a 4x4

Enjoy a convenient pickup from your accommodation in Hambantota or Hambantota Port from your Cruise Ship. Embark on a guided tour through the Yala National Park on a Wildlife Safari in a 4x4 vehicle. Spot various wildlife and be amazed by the region's flora. Start the adventure as you head out to Ruhunu Yala National Park to explore its 126,786 hectares. Yala is famous for its big herds and large number of elephants, leopards, spotted deer, sambhur, crocodiles, mongoose, wild boar, wild buffalo, along with many other animals. Explore a destination boasting more than 130 bird species recorded to be living in the area, including both residents and winter visitors. Throughout the safari, 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. Learn about the animals that live here and the work that is done to preserve this natural habitat. Admire the stunning scenery of the park, which sits alongside the Indian Ocean and is a rich haven for over 250 varieties of animals and birds. This is an unforgettable adventure that will leave you with a lifetime of memories.

Mirissa, Weligama, or Galle: Transfer to Ella & Yala Safari

9. Mirissa, Weligama, or Galle: Transfer to Ella & Yala Safari

Combine a transfer from Matara, Mirissa, Weligama, Unawatuna or Galle to the town of Ella with the adventure of a Sri Lankan animal safari day trip. Experience the immense biodiversity in Yala National Park. Be picked up from your accommodation in Matara, Mirissa, Weligama, or Galle. Relax and take in the local scenery on the drive to Yala National Park. Board an 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 about the wildlife and get photography tips from your local guide. Let your guide show you the spots where the animals are likely to congregate. Have a nice packed meal before heading back to your air-conditioned car for the ride to your accommodation in Ella.

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, 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.

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What people are saying about Yala National Park

Overall rating

4.5 / 5

based on 83 reviews

Comfortable ride from Hambantota port to Yala by a Air conditioned Coach. We left at 8.30am by port get to the Yala gate at 9.30am. Saw loads of animals including one leopard, elephants, a python, many kinds of birds. Yala was really a wild place. Connection was good and the safari vehicle perfect for this trip. I think it was good value tour to go.

It was a wonderful tour - we thought it would be unlikely we would see any leopards because getting off a cruise ship we were only able to get to the [ark for 10am. However we saw one in the bushes and then later saw one for afull couple of minutes as it looked around majestically and then crossed the road in front of us. Brilliant!

transfer between Tangalle and Ella very practical. Punctual and reliable driver. a great experience in the park, with an experienced guide who knew how to find the best animal spots. an excellent day I recommend!

Amazing trip! Brilliant English speaking guide that ensured I saw all the animals and easy transfers picked up directly from port. Would definitely recommend to anyone wanting a brilliant day out.

Cool safari, we took the Morning tour option. A bear, wild pigs, and elephants passed by our car and Leopard on a tree.