4×4 Jeep safaris in Yala National Park – Yala
GENERAL DESCRIPTION: 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 DESCRIPTION: 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 you trekker 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: Game drive with an experience trekker/park warden, bottled water, entry tickets.
Duration: 3 hours
Suitable for children: Yes, children that love the outdoors and wildlife will love this experience.
Times: Early Mornings and afternoons
What to wear or bring along: Cool, light clothing, caps, sunscreen and a camera
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. The chances of seeing a leopard are high, although not guaranteed. The best time to get to the park in the morning is at opening hour, it is a magical time and the least crowded.
Private or not? This experience is private, that said there may be other jeeps in the park.