The Ultimate Sri Lankan Safari Adventure

# Group Tour

The Ultimate Sri Lankan Safari Adventure

14 Days from £4147 per adult. Prices based on flight fares at the time of costing & may vary. Please ask for a definitive quote
14 Days
Group Tour
Primate Watching
Birding
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Embark on a natural voyage of discovery to the wildlife hotspots of Sri Lanka’s far south in the company of expert Sri Lankan biologist Vimukthi Weeratunga and a small group of like-minded people (maximum of 12).

On arrival, be greeted by Vimukthi and your private driver and transfer by road to Mirissa for a blue whale-watching boat trip the next morning. After marvelling at the Earth’s largest creature, transfer to Sri Lanka’s best elephant reserve, Uda Walawe, where large herds of pachyderms are virtually guaranteed, along with many other species of forest fauna.

Next drive to Yala, the island’s second largest national park, and stay at a safari camp in the buffer zone with its own expert wildlife guides and 4×4 safari vehicles. It’s well placed for early entry to Yala, which boasts the highest concentration of leopard in all Asia and lots more fabulous species, including hundreds of birds. On your game drives you should see a great deal of fauna and soak up the atmosphere of Sri Lanka’s premier wildlife reserve. Back at camp delicious meals are served al fresco and you should sleep well in walk-in tented rooms with en suite bathrooms and proper beds.

On leaving Yala (having almost certainly seen leopard and much more) explore the RAMSAR wetlands biosphere reserve of Bundala for a morning before heading to Sri Lanka’s last sizeable tract of primary rainforest at Sinharaja, a largely dipterocarp habitat which is home to many endemic birds, mammals, reptiles and fish. It’s also one of only two natural UNESCO World Heritage Sites in Sri Lanka.

Finally, immerse yourself in the history of the ancient Dutch fort of Galle before flying home having had an enjoyably stimulating journey and learnt a great deal about Sri Lanka’s unique wildlife from one of its most experienced conservationists.

NOTE: At this juncture you may opt to extend your holiday with a few days’ tailor-made sojourn by the sea for complete relaxation prior to returning home – please ask us for options.

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Itinerary

Price from £4147 per adult. Based on sharing double / twin rooms

Day 1 - London

Depart London on Sri Lankan Airlines direct flight to Colombo.

Includes In-flight Meals.

Day 2 - Colombo/Koggala

Arrive in Colombo. Continue to Koggala and check in to your next hotel.

Staying at Garton’s Cape Hotel. Includes Breakfast and Dinner.

Day 3 - Mirissa

Early morning departure to Mirissa for a private charter whale watching boat trip to seek blue whales and various dolphin species. Return to the hotel for lunch and an afternoon at leisure.

Staying at Garton’s Cape Hotel . Includes Breakfast and Dinner.

Day 4 - Uda Walawe National Park

Check out and drive to the Elephant Transit Home which rehabilitates orphaned and injured elephants into the wild. Continue to your hotel to check in. In the afternoon head out on a jeep safari into Uda Walawe.

Staying at Grand Uda Walawe Safari Resort . Includes All Meals.

Day 5 - Uda Walawe National Park

Early morning and late afternoon wildlife jeep safaris in the park.

Staying at Grand Uda Walawe Safari Resort . Includes All Meals.

Day 6 - Uda Walawe National Park

Morning and afternoon safari activities in Uda Walawe National Park.

Staying at Grand Uda Walawe Safari Resort . Includes All Meals.

Day 7 - Yala National Park

After breakfast, transfer to Yala National Park. Check in to the camp for lunch. In the afternoon go for your first game drive in Yala.

Staying at Big Game Camp . Includes All Meals.

Day 8 - Yala National Park

Morning and afternoon guided game drives in Yala National Park, with lunch at camp.

Staying at Big Game Camp . Includes All Meals.

Day 9 - Yala National Park

Morning and afternoon guided game drives in Yala National Park, with lunch at camp.

Staying at Big Game Camp . Includes All Meals.

Day 10 - Yala National Park

Morning and afternoon guided game drives in Yala National Park, with lunch at camp.

Staying at Big Game Camp . Includes All Meals.

Day 11 - Bundala / Koggala

Early morning drive to Bundala National Park for a game drive in the famous RAMSAR wetlands reserve for crocodiles, elephants, langurs and many water bird species.

Transfer to Sinharaja.

Staying at Rainforest Ecolodge . Includes Dinner.

Day 12 - Sinharaja National Park

Morning and afternoon guided wildlife walks in Sinharaja. Spot the many endemic birds and other fauna in the last major tract of primary rainforest found in Sri Lanka.

Staying at Rainforest Ecolodge . Includes All Meals.

Day 13 - Galle

Drive further west along the coast to the old Dutch fort of Galle. Check in to your resort hotel by the sea near Galle Fort. Rest of the day at leisure to enjoy the seaside or explore the atmospheric old fort with its small streets and interesting shops and restaurants.

Staying at Amari Galle Hotel . Includes Breakfast.

Day 14 - Colombo / London

Depart for Colombo airport. Arrive and check in for your flight home. Arrive at London Heathrow in the evening.

Includes In-flight Meals.

Travel Info

Are Flights Included?
Yes

Flight Info:
Sri Lankan Airlines flight direct from London Heathrow to Colombo

Area Specialist

Alan Godwin

At the end of the group tour you might wish to extend your stay with a few nights by the sea to relax before flying home. Please ask us for options.

If you have any queries about this tour please feel free to call me directly on +44 (0)1803 866965 or...

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We’ve had an excellent, enjoyable holiday with lots of wildlife, lovely accommodation and excellent service… We would be delighted to recommend your services to anyone. Sri Lanka is excellent value for money.

Mr R B - Cumbria

Route Map

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Grand Udawalawe Safari Resort: 6.420163, 80.806320
Big Game Camp Yala: 6.402081, 81.375509
The Rainforest Ecolodge: 6.389461, 80.596576
Gartons Cape Hotel: 5.965594, 80.382436
Amari Galle Hotel: 6.052394, 80.181722