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2 Days Astonishing Safari in Yala National Park, Sri Lanka

Delightful Sri Lanka Safari

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Come to South Asia and enjoy a short escape from the mundanity of your day-to-day urban routine. Glamping (Pvt) Ltd offers you the chance to observe the incredible wildlife of Yala National Park, one of the main national parks in Sri Lanka. Witness the daily life of the wilderness including bears, leopards, and Sri Lankan elephants. When you're done, rest under the starry night sky in Glamping's lakeside log cabin to get you refreshed for the next day!

  • Policy for children: Children from the age of 12 years are allowed to participate under the supervision of a parent or guardian.

Highlights

  • Game drives
  • Exploring Yala National Park
  • Chances to see bears, leopards, and elephants
  • Opportunities to spot nearly 250 species of birds
  • Round trip transport in a tour safari jeep
  • Meals on a full board basis
  • 1 night's accommodation

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2 activity days in English
Spoken languages: Sinhalese, English
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Accommodation

You will stay at Ceylon Glamping in Hambanthota throughout your entire trip. The premises include a lake frequented by many species of water birds, songbirds, and peacocks, providing you with lazy bird watching and photographing opportunities in the comfort of the cool ocean breeze. Kayaking and other entertainments are provided on site. At night, the glamping sites are silent with a million star night sky. Mobile camping tents that can be set up within the premises or by the lakeside, lagoon side, seaside, or in camping grounds inside wildlife parks so as to take you away from civilization and to truly give you an all en-composing experience.

Program

Day 1: Arrival to your base camp and evening safari drive

Glamping will pick you up from your location within Southern Sri Lanka in the morning. Drive to Hambantota from your location and arrive at the camping grounds. Have lunch and set off for an evening safari from 14:00 to 18:00 in Yala National Park. The star attraction animals are the bears, leopards, and the Sri Lankan elephants. Additionally, crocodiles, buffalo, antelopes, wild boars, and nearly 250 species of birds can be seen in the national park. Accommodation and dinner will be in a log cabin by the lakeside.

Day 2: Goodbyes

If you wish, you can go on another morning safari drive in the morning after breakfast and return for lunch. Afterward, you may set off on your travels.

Location

This safari takes place in Yala National Park, Sri Lanka. Yala National Park is the most important wildlife habitat in the island. It is home to many species of large fauna, including Sri Lankan elephant. Forty-four species of mammals are resident in Yala National Park. The elephant herd of Yala contains 300 to 350 individuals. Sri Lankan sloth bear, wild water buffalo, toque macaque, golden palm civet, red slender loris, and fishing cat are among the other mammals that can be seen in Yala.

In the absence of larger predators, Sri Lankan leopards have evolved to be larger and far less secretive within the island. Unlike African or Indian leopards, Sri Lankan leopards tolerate larger population densities in a given forest space, making Yala the best place to photograph the world most elusive big cat. The Sri Lankan sloth bear, which evolved from the Asian brown bear, is a fantastic sight in the jungle. The Sri Lankan sloth bear does not hibernate during December and shows little seasonal variation in behavior.

The reptile fauna recorded from the park is 46 and five of them are endemic. Sri Lankan krait, Boulenger's keelback, Sri Lankan flying snake, painted-lip lizard, and Wiegmann's agama are the endemic species. The coastal line of the park is visited by the all five globally endangered sea turtles (leatherback turtle, olive ridley, loggerhead sea turtle, hawksbill turtle, and green turtle) that visit Sri Lanka. The two breeding crocodile species of Sri Lanka, mugger crocodile, and saltwater crocodile, inhabit the park. The Indian cobra and russell's viper are among the other reptiles. There are 18 amphibians species that have been recorded from Yala while Bufo atukoralei and Adenomus kelaartii are endemic to Sri Lanka.

In the water courses of Yala, 21 freshwater fish are found. The fish population in the perennial reservoirs contain mostly exotic food fish like Mozambique tilapia. The stone sucker and Esomus thermoicos are endemic among other species. The black spot barb, olive barb, orange chromide, and common spiny loach are the common fish species. Crabs and prawns include the fauna in the lagoons of the park. A variety of butterfly species is found here. The common bluebottle, common lime butterfly, crimson rose, common jezebel, and common mormon are the common species.

Yala is one of the 70 Important Bird Areas (IBA) in Sri Lanka. Of 215 bird species of the park, six are endemic to Sri Lanka. They are Sri Lankan grey hornbill, Sri Lankan junglefowl, Sri Lankan wood pigeon, crimson-fronted barbet, black-capped bulbul, and brown-capped babbler. The number of waterbirds inhabiting wetlands of Yala is 90 and half of them are migrants. Waterfowls (lesser whistling duck, garganey), cormorants (little cormorant, Indian cormorant), large water birds (grey heron, black-headed ibis, Eurasian spoonbill, Asian openbill, painted stork), medium-sized waders Tringa spp., and small waders Charadrius spp. are among the common waterbirds. Black-necked stork and lesser adjutant are the rare birds that can be seen in the park.

The migrant great white pelican and resident spot-billed pelican also have been recorded. Other waterbirds attracted to the Yala lagoons include lesser flamingo and pelicans and rare species such as purple heron, night herons, egrets, purple swamphen, and oriental darter. Thousands of waterfowls migrate to the lagoons of Yala during the northeast monsoon. They are northern pintail, white-winged tern, Eurasian curlew, whimbrel, godwits, and ruddy turnstone.

The visiting species mingled with residing lesser whistling duck, yellow-wattled lapwing, red-wattled lapwing, and great stone-curlew. Rock pigeon, barred buttonquail, Indian peafowl, black stork, black-winged stilt, and greater flamingo are among the other bird species. Crested serpent eagle and white-bellied sea eagle are the raptors of the park. The forest birds are orange-breasted green pigeon, hornbills, old world flycatchers, Asian paradise-flycatcher, Asian barbets, and orioles.

Food

You will be served full board meals. Lunch would be taken by the beachside before 14:00. Please be sure to communicate special dietary requirement, if any, including ‘vegetarian’.

The following meals are included:

  • Breakfast
  • Lunch
  • Dinner

The following dietary requirement(s) are served and/or catered for:

  • Vegetarian
  • Other dietary requirements on request
If you have special dietary requirements it's a good idea to communicate it to the organiser when making a reservation

Things to do (optional)

  • Birdwatching
  • Morning safari drive on the final day

What's included

  • Game drives
  • Exploring Yala National Park
  • Chances to see bears, leopards, and elephants
  • Opportunities to spot nearly 250 species of birds
  • Round trip transport in a tour safari jeep
  • Meals on a full board basis
  • 1 night's accommodation
  • Accommodation for children

What's not included

  • Items of a personal nature

Cancellation Policy

  • A reservation requires a deposit of 14% of the total price.
  • The deposit is non-refundable, if the booking is cancelled.
  • The rest of the payment should be paid on arrival.

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