Safari at Yala National Park
Designated as a National Park in 1938, Yala is Sri Lanka’s most visited National Park. Situated in the dry semi-arid region off the southeastern coast of Sri Lanka, Yala is known for its biodiversity, with over 200 species of birds and over 40 species of mammals.
The main attraction of the Yala National Park is its apex predators – the Sri Lankan Leopard (Panthera Pardus Kotiya). An endangered species due to dwindled numbers caused by poaching and loss of habitat, these adaptable big cats take advantage of the bounty of prey on offer. Leopards have the most diverse diets of all big cats, with animals as small as hares and as big as buffalo among its prey. Yala National Park is famous for having the highest density of leopards anywhere in the world.
Embark on a leopard safari through bumpy gravel roads into the midst of a wildlife oasis in a specially fitted jeep optimised for the best possible viewing experience. It is not an uncommon sight to see elephants, buffalo, sloth bears and even leopards crossing the road in front of you, giving you an opportunity to see these big mammals up close.
Yala is home to a multitude of birds, including the Sri Lanka jungle fowl, peacocks, and endemic species such as Sri Lanka grey hornbill, crimson-fronted barbet and Sri Lanka wood pigeon. Watering holes also attract water birds such as herons and storks.
Among the smaller species of mammals in Yala are hares, foxes, wild boar, toque macaques, golden palm civets, red slender loris, and fishing cats. Let us take you on a leopard safari tour you will never forget.