Best of Big Mammals of Sri Lanka



Overview

This trip focuses on the big mammals such as Leopards, Elephants and Wild Buffaloes based on best camps and lodges Sri Lanka has to offer in Wilpattu, Yala, Buttala and Gal Oya areas. You will be provided with guides safaris, guided boat trips and guided walks with well experienced guides and naturalists.

Destination

Wilpattu Day 1
Wilpattu Day 2
Kala Wewa Day 3
Sigiriya Day 4
Minneriya Day 5
Gal Oya Day 6
Gal Oya Day 7
Gal Oya Day 8
Buttala Day 9
Buttala Day 10
Buttala Day 11
End of the tour Day 12

Detailed Itinerary

  • Welcome to SriLanka, meet with our representative

    Your will be warmly received with by our representative at the Arrival Lounge of Colombo International Airport

    • Transfer to Wilpattu National Park – 4 hours drive approximately

    • Lunch at Wilpattu Safari Camp

    • Afternoon safari in Wilpattu National Park to see Leopards, Elephants and Bears.

    • Pre dinner/Sun downer drinks and campfire

    • Accommodation

      Dinner and overnight stay at Wilpattu Safari Camp

    • Wilpattu Safari Camp is situated bordering Wilpattu National Park and it is just 5 minutes drive to the park gate, making it the ideal place to stay when going for safaris in Wilpattu. Wilpattu National Park is the largest and most beautiful national park of Sri Lanka which is home for elusive Leopards, Sloth Bears, Elephants, Crocodiles and many verities of birds. Wilpattu is considered one of the best places to see the elusive Leopards. Wilpattu Safari camp provides air conditioned tented accommodation.

  • Morning Safari in Wilpattu National Park at 6 AM

  • Back to the camp for breakfast

  • Relax at the camp

  • Enjoy a Sri Lankan Rice and curry lunch at the camp

    • Afternoon Safari in Wilpattu National Park

    • Pre dinner/Sun downer drinks and campfire

      • Accommodation

        BBQ dinner and overnight stay at Wilpattu Safari Camp

      • On this day we do two game drives focusing on Leopards, Bears and various birds species in Wilpattu National park. Our experienced naturalist will bring you wealth of information on wildlife of Wilpattu.

  • Breakfast at the camp

  • Transfer to Kalawewa – 1 ½ hours drive approximately

  • Afternoon safari in Kala Wewa Nature Reserve with a picnic lunch to see Tusker Elephants. Kala Wewa is a well known for its Tusker Elephants who is rare species of Elephants and they are very majestic.

  • Transfer to Sigiriya – 1 ½ hours drive approximately

    • Accommodation

      Dinner and overnight stay in Dehigaha Ela Eco Lodge in Sigiriya (Dehigaha Ela is situated off the grid, therefore expect a bumpy ride in a Jeep in narrow roads)

    • On this day, we go safari in Kala Wewa Nature Reserve which is famous for its majestic tusker Elephants. Kala Wewa is a very off the beaten track and not so touristic; therefore it is a nice experience to see some wildlife without any crowds. You will be staying overnight in Sigiriya. Sigiriya, a very historical town and the home for UNESCO World heritage site of Sigiriya Rock Fortress. Sigiriya is very famous for it’s large herds of Elephants and birds.

  • Breakfast at the lodge

  • Morning bird watching in trail in Dehigaha Ela premises. It is very hard at Dehigaha Ela to not to see a bird. So this is Bird watcher’s paradise.

  • Leisure in the lodge or do some cycling in the area to witness the countryside, plantation or even to Sigiriya Rock.

    • Accommodation

      Dinner and overnight stay in Dehigaha Ela Eco Lodge in Sigiriya

    • Dehigaha Ela Eco Lodge is nice piece of natural heaven tucked away from the towns and is a treat for your soul. This is ideal for avid bird watchers and nature lovers. Watching birds, bathing in the streams, Bat cave visit, nature trails, cycling and even watching frogs are some of the nature related things one could experience at Dehigaha Ela.

  • Breakfast at the lodge

  • Stream bath in Dehigaha Ela. This, without doubt, is the favourite activity of visitors to Dehigaha Ela. The cold and sparkling Dehigaha Ela falls into the murky warm Kiri Oya at the edge of the retreat. Let the tumbling water massage you, allow the cheeky fish nibble at your toes, or just dip in to the cool pools of water.

    • Afternoon safari in Minneriya National Park to see wild Elephants

      • Accommodation

        Dinner and overnight stay in Dehigaha Ela Eco Lodge in Sigiriya

      • Minneriya National Park is so popular for its large herds of Elephants. Especially in the months of July and August every year, the natural phenomenon called “Gathering” takes place where one could see around 100 to 200 or even more Elephants at Minneriya or Kaudulla National Parks.

  • Breakfast at the lodge

  • Transfer to Gal Oya – 4 to 5 hours of nice country side drive

  • Take part on a leisurely bicycle ride in the afternoon, lead by one of our naturalists. You may choose to ride on a shorter off-track trail to the small Kiri Oruwa Lake, which is teeming with bird species. Alternatively, you may ride on the longer main road which cuts through the national park to the beautiful Namal Oya Reservoir.

    • Accommodation

      Overnight stay at Gal Oya Lodge

    • Gal Oya Lodge is situated at the edge of Uva province bordering to eastern province of Sri Lanka is a very remote and off the beaten track location close to Gal Oya National Park and Senanayake Reservoir, Sri Lanka’s largest manmade water body. Gal Oya area is an ideal place to see some wildlife without the disturbance of mass tourism crowds as the location is off the grid. Really rural and serene. Elephants of Gal Oya National Park and indigenous tribesmen are the highlights in Gal Oya.

  • Morning boat ride in Senanayake reservoir to see Elephants and birds

  • Breakfast at the lodge

  • Spend the afternoon at leisure at the lodge

    • Accommodation

      Overnight stay at Gal Oya Lodge

    • Enjoy the only experience in Sri Lanka that allows you to spot wildlife from the water. It's a unique way to immerse yourself in the animals' habitats. With a little luck you could spot elephants swimming between islands or bathing at the lake’s edge. A 2-3 hour safari by boat, and a scenic 40 minute drive from the lodge to the lake is perfect to explore the national park and surrounding villages.

  • Breakfast at the lodge

  • Nature trail with indigenous tribal leader (Veddhas of Sri Lanka)

  • Afternoon Leisure at the lodge

    • Accommodation

      Overnight stay at Gal Oya Lodge

    • Gal Oya Lodge neighbours one of the last remaining communities of the Veddha – the forest-dwelling, indigenous people of Sri Lanka. We can invite the village Chief to take you on a walk through the jungles of his ancestors. Discover and learn about local nature as he brings the forest alive, explaining his tribe’s use of medicinal plants, ancient hunting grounds and cave dwellings. It’s a fascinating insight into how the hunter-gatherers lived in the jungles of Gal Oya.

  • Breakfast at the lodge

  • Transfer to Buttala – 2 hours drive approximately

  • Lunch at Tree Tops Jungle Lodge

  • In the afternoon, after 4 pm go with lodge’s tracker team on a walk in the vicinity of the camp. You will see more of the camp surroundings, be introduced to the main elephant tracks and would get more understanding of the wild nature of the place.

  • Return at 6 pm. Get ready for the evening; hurricane lamps will be placed outside your room.

    • Accommodation

      Dinner and overnight stay at Tree Tops Jungle Lodge

    • Tree Tops Jungle Lodge, another off the beaten track Gem of a place. Tree Tops is staffed by the real villagers, so they offer you genuine hospitality. Tree Tops Jungle Lodge is situated bordering the Yala National Park and therefore it brings you loads of opportunities in terms of wildlife such as Elephants and birds away from the mass crowds as the place is located off the grid.

  • Breakfast at the lodge

  • Morning Walk

    Around 9 am start on a walk that will take you inside the dry zone, mature and tall virgin forest. As soon as you are under the forest cover the air is different and cool. This is a protected forest connected to the Yala National Park, about 7 km further to south. Walking on animal tracks, we may see signs from the previous nights’ activity. We might come across footprints of sloth bear and paw marks of leopard as well as wild elephants’ footprints. All dry zone forest birds can be spotted in this forest. There are still ebony trees here, a rare tree to see in the forest today. We might make a small trek up on a mountain, to an open rock place from where you’ll see a panoramic view to the east and south. All jungle, in fact you can see into an almost complete overview of the total Yala National Park. Return to the camp around 11–11.30 am.

  • Afternoon Walk

    In the afternoon around 4.15 pm start on an excursion to the lakes in close proximity to the camp. Stay for some time at a lake; enjoy the scenery and the birdlife unfolding. With a bit of luck, elephants can be observed drinking water.

  • Get back to camp around 5.45 pm in time for a shower before the 6.30 sundowner.

    • Accommodation

      Dinner and overnight stay at Tree Tops Jungle Lodge

    • Tree Tops premises is an Elephant Corridor so you would be able to see the wild Elephants from our lounge itself. Walking trips bring you opportunities to see birds and many herds of wild Elephants. We guarantee, this is a very nice natural experience.

  • Breakfast at the lodge

  • Just do nothing. Relax and listen to the nature. Read some books from our library about Elephants or history of Sri Lanka.

    • Accommodation

      Dinner and overnight stay at Tree Tops Jungle Lodge

    • On this day, we recommend you to relax and just listen to the nature during the day and night or read some books about wildlife and history of Sri Lanka.

  • Breakfast at the lodge

    • Transfer to Colombo – 6 to 7 hours drive approximately

Starting at USD 2832 per person
12 days
on double sharing basis
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