Drive from Koslanda to Yala National Park (Road Journey)
A journey of approximately two hours.
Yala covers an area of approximately 500 square miles and is located in the south eastern corner of the island. Its northern boundaries border the Lahugala Elephant Sanctuary and it has the added bonus of being on the sea. The terrain ranges from open parklands to dense jungle. Watering holes, small lakes, lagoons and streams provide water for the animals and birds.
One of the biggest, most illustrious, and most frequently visited national park in Sri Lanka, Yala can have a reputation for being too crowded, too touristy and lacking in conservation regulations. However, with the right tour provider, you can avoid the crowds and still get a unique eco-friendly wildlife experience. Notable inhabitants are the leopards, sloth bears, diverse birdlife, sambar deer and mongoose.
Morning and Afternoon Game Drives
Today you will explore Yala National Park by 4x4. You will have morning and afternoon jeep game drives into one of Asia's finest wildlife reserves, accompanied by an experienced naturalist. The park's undulating terrain is home to a large number of elephants, but it is now the thriving leopard population that garners most attention.
After each day's morning drive, return to camp for a delicious lunch. Have time to relax, or to spend time spotting wildlife and birds from the camp itself. Then head out again in the afternoon for further exploration. Return in the early evening, as night falls, keeping an eye out for the nocturnal animals as they emerge.
Publicised by National Geographic, Yala's leopard research and conservation projects are now world-renowned. It is said that the park has the world's highest concentration of leopards, and these beautiful creatures will undoubtedly be the highlight of the days' safaris.
Primarily consisting of shrub jungle and containing several salt and fresh water lagoons, the park's dense vegetation is home to a wide variety of species. These include elephants, civets, bears, crocodiles and a colourful array of birds.
You will be staying at Leopard Trails Camp, full board and house beverages