The Ultimate Sri Lankan Safari Adventure
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.