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Minneriya National Park

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Address: Habarana-Polonnaruwa Road, Habarana, Sri Lanka

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The Elephants were all there waiting to greet us...entire herd all age groups...fabulous sight seeing them looking after their newly born

5 of 5 starsReviewed April 13, 2015
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 13, 2015 NEW

The Elephants were all there waiting to greet us...entire herd all age groups...fabulous sight seeing them looking after their newly born

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3 of 5 stars Reviewed April 13, 2015 NEW

It's worth the trip, but you spend about an hour driving on a horrible dirt road before you're able to view any wildlife. The elephants are amazing, and they come very close to the jeeps, but there wasn't much else to view in the park.

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 9, 2015

That was the count by the end of the safari, from babies through to an Elephant with Tusks on. It was very enjoyable, and so vast and big. We loved every minute of the safari and were blown away by the natural beauty of the park. Our guide was very knowledgeable and pitched it at the right level.

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 9, 2015

Beautiful park, lake and a lot of elephants! It is only open during a certain period of the year. The other time the elephants will be in Hurulu Eco Park, which is not great (dense forest, too many jeeps, hard to see any animals). If you are near Minneriya at the wrong season, it is better to go to Udawalawe... More 

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed April 5, 2015

Lovely safari got to see lots of elephants and a few Eagles. Our driver was very good getting close enough whilst maintaining a good distance.

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed April 2, 2015

We did the jeep safari into the park. The drivers did their best to make sure you got good views of the wildlife. This park is known for their elephants, and that is mostly what you will see, along with some birds and cows.

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Perth, Australia
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed March 14, 2015

Going out in a jeep, this safari trek takes you through the park where they find the local elephant herds. We saw a baby one, only 5 weeks old and also a few peacocks. We did think 3 hours was a bit long, the roads are very bumpy and I think it's mostly so you can get a safari jungle... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 14, 2015

Interesting experience. We took the jeep elephant safari in late afternoon. We were lucky to see a bunch of them really close. We started this activity under blue skies then later got hit with a thunderstorm. Lucky that we saw some elephants earlier. The last half of the safari was wasted. Road is very bumpy but the driver was careful.... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 11, 2015

Even though there were alot of jeeps in the park the sheer number of elephants seemed oblivious to us all. Ther must have been at least 200. It was a memorable afternoon.

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 8, 2015

Brilliant, in the end.....For a while we thought we'd only see the one elephant which was far away from us and only gave us it's rear view. But in the end it was worth it when we came across a herd of about 20 with at least three little ones (one only about 6 weeks old). It was wonderful getting... More 

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