Sri Lanka has many safaris in around 7 national parks. It is one of the best countries for seeing wildlife in Asia. The best safari I would say is at Udawalawe National Park. Here is my review.
WHICH SAFARI YOU SHOULD GO?
YALA NATIONAL PARK
It is a famous and popular safari in Sri Lanka, but be aware that there will be a lot of tourists and many many jeeps fighting for the best views. On the other hand, one of the reasons to still go is the fact that it hosts 30 leopards.
UDAWALAWE NATIONAL PARK
Here you have the highest chance to see wild elephants. They have more than 500 elephants in the park. Udawalawe is the best national park to see wild elephants in Asia. Read further down below. I have a special section for this park.
WILPATTU NATIONAL PARK
The Wilpattu National Park is the largest and oldest national park in Sri Lanka. It is also home to endangered animals such as the Sri Lankan Sloth Bear.
WHERE TO STAY IN UDAWALAWE NATIONAL PARK
Elephants Trails – There are around 4 hotels near the national park. The hotel “elephants trails” has an excellent location with very easy access to the safari (only 2.5 Km away). We were staying there for 2 nights. The room is clean and comfortable. The buffet was OK, but not outstanding.
Mahoora Tented Safari Camp – Luxury Tented Camp with All Inclusive for an unforgettable safari experience.
Our “full day private tour package” was starting from 6am- 2pm. The hotel prepared breakfast boxes for us. We arrived the park early in the morning. This was a great morning and we were able to see the sunrise at the safari and we were only with a few other jeeps at that time. Firstly we saw a fox family, the driver was amazing, he was great at spotting animals and even prepared a book and once we saw new animal, he has shown us the page and explained the animals behaviour, gender and ages. We saw a lot of colourful birds, peacocks, a Female group of elephants (grandma, mother and babies).
PRICE FOR UDAWALAWE NATIONAL PARK
Admission to the park costs $6800 LRK for 2 persons.
You can choose Half day 3 hours or Full day 8 hours
Half day session Morning or Afternoon 3 hours $3500 LKR
Full day session 8 hours $8000LKR
- I suggest you guys to book the hotel near the national park as you will wake up very early in the morning. You save time to spot the “early birds”
- The best time to arrive at the safari is early morning 6- 6:15am, you will catch up the sunrise at the park.