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Jeep safaris in Yala National Park

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Yala National Park is the second largest national park in Sri Lanka, consisting of five blocks, two of which are now open to the public. The park covers 979 square kilometers and is located about 300 kilometers from Colombo in the island’s south. Yala was designated as a wildlife sanctuary in 1900, and along with Wilpattu, was one of the first two national parks in Sri Lanka, having been designated in 1938. Yala National Park is best known for its variety of wild animals.

Experience Overview

In the morning or afternoon your chauffer will drop you off at the meeting points by either 6AM or at 3PM. The meeting point will be one of the entrance gates of Yala National Park. You will meet your tracker and driver here who will take you on a 2.5 to 3 hour game drive into the National Park. The Park is situated in the dry semi-arid climatic region and rain is received mainly during the northeast monsoon. Yala hosts a variety of ecosystems ranging from moist monsoon forests to freshwater and marine wetlands. The number of mammals that has been recorded from the park is 44, and it has one of the highest leopard densities in the world. The experience is designed to make you experience the spirit of Yala, with knowledgeable trekkers and disciplined drivers. The park is teeming with elephants, leopards, wild boar, spotted deer, crocodiles and jackals.

Includes:  - Experience - Sri Lanka In Style
Includes:

Game drive with an experience tracker/park warden, bottled water, entry tickets

Duration:  - Experience - Sri Lanka In Style
Duration:

3 hours

Difficulty:  - Experience - Sri Lanka In Style
Difficulty:

Easy

Suitable for children:  - Experience - Sri Lanka In Style
Suitable for children:

Yes, children that love the outdoors and wildlife will love this experience.

Times:  - Experience - Sri Lanka In Style
Times:

Early Mornings and afternoons

What to wear or bring along:  - Experience - Sri Lanka In Style
What to wear or bring along:

Cool, light clothing, caps, sunscreen and a camera

Important to know:  - Experience - Sri Lanka In Style
Important to know:

In addition to the highest density of leopard anywhere in the world, Yala is also home to sambar, spotted and barking deer, water buffalo, sloth bears, abundant bird-life, butterfly swarms, iguanas, mongooses, fishing cats, wild boar, monkeys and crocodiles.

Private or not?  - Experience - Sri Lanka In Style
Private or not?

This experience is private, that said there may be other jeeps in the park

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Managing Expectations

It is important to remember that, whilst they are experts in their field, the people who run or host our experiences are not necessarily used to working in the tourism industry and may not offer the level of service you would find at a five-star hotel. For example, instead of a formal lecture, you may get a relaxed conversation where open discussion is encouraged. All of our hosts are, however, extremely engaging, knowledgeable and passionate about educating visitors about their chosen subject and we have worked with them to ensure that they deliver worthwhile, fulfilling experiences. We welcome feedback, so please let us know what you thought and if you think any improvements could be made to the experiences we offer.

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