Safari Yala

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.

Tour in brief

You will first meet up with the Drivers in Sri lanka crew and your safari guide at the gate entrance to the Yala National Park. For the morning half-day tour, the starting time will be at 6 a.m. while the afternoon tour begins at 2.30 p.m.

After entering the national park with your guide in a jeep, you will be able to spot several species of birds and other animals that have made their homes in this sanctuary. Your safari could be more focused on leopards, sloth bears, birds etc. depending on your interests.

You will be taken through most of the Yala National Park (Block 1), covering the wetlands, grasslands, forest patches, etc. We will make longer stops at certain watering holes for unique photography opportunities.

We will stop at a designated spot overlooking the ocean or a river where you can get down, stretch your legs and enjoy a cup of tea/coffee prepared by our crew.

Finishing the safari, either round 11 a.m. or around 6 p.m. you will be dropped at the park entrance.

  • Boasting the highest density of leopard population in the world, the Yala National Park is widely noted as being the best place in the world to film and photograph the Sri Lankan leopard with the population density being as high as one leopard per square kilometer.
  • Yala National Park is popular for its high density of sloth bears as well.
  • You have 3 options to book safaris in the Yala National Park: [1] morning safari [2] evening safari [3] full day safari.
  • The skill of an experienced guide is included and it makes your Yala safari experience unique.
  • Specially modified, comfortable jeeps are provided for safaris.
  • We also extend customised services for our guests (family safaris/honeymoon safaris/photography safaris etc.)
  • Suitable casual clothing for windy, rainy, warm weather conditions should be considered.
  • Insect repellents, sun-protection creams etc. are recommended.
  • Cameras/video recorders to capture those amazing moments.
  • Quick Facts
    • Starting time: Morning: 6 a.m. Afternoon: 2.30 p.m.
    • Duration of tour: Half day or full day.
    • Possible period: All around the year.
    • Arrival and departure transport for any location could be arranged on request for an additional cost
    • We mostly use, less crowded Katagamuwe Entrance to go in to the Yala National Park


  • Experienced local guide
  • Jeep cost
  • Entrance fees
  • Bottled water


  • Arrival and departure transportation
  • Any extra beverages or food consumed
  • Any tips to the staff
  • Any personal effects not mentioned above

Additional info

  • Confirmation will be received at time of booking
  • Group discount price is available for group size 7 or more
  • A minimum of 2 people per booking is required

Cancellation Policy

  • If you cancel at least 7 day(s) in advance of the scheduled departure, there is no cancellation fee. If you cancel between 3 and 6 day(s) in advance of the scheduled departure, there is a 50 percent cancellation fee. If you cancel within 2 day(s) of the scheduled departure, there is a 100 percent cancellation fee.

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