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Minneriya National Park

Habarana-Polonnaruwa Road, Habarana, Sri Lanka
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Ranked #2 of 8 Attractions in Habarana
Certificate of Excellence 2014
Type: National Parks, Nature/ Wildlife Areas
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Australia
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 16, 2014 NEW

We really enjoyed our safari here, seeing the elephants in their natural environment is well worth the affordable admission cost. No need to pay for an animal spotter, just say 'no' when asked. We did the afternoon safari at 3pm and returned just after 6pm.

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Moscow, Moscow City, Russia
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed September 16, 2014 NEW

There were about 70 wild elephants in when I was there in September. But I have seen twice more in July this year. The roads inside the park are in terrible condition

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Boston, Massachusetts
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 15, 2014 NEW

My trip to Minneriya was truly spectacular. Seeing so many wild elephants close at hand was nothing like I have experienced before. I was fortunate to visit the park with my family in August when we saw herds of elephants gather at a lake at dusk to drink water as it is the dry season. We saw an elephant that... More

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Zuidlaren, Drenthe, Netherlands
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 15, 2014 NEW

Very nice National Park and no other tourist!! Beautiful nature and many birds. We saw also very nice turtles and monkeys.

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 13, 2014 NEW

We had a great driver who managed to spot all sorts of small animals whilst driving. Then we saw a few elephants up close which was great. But then... Towards the end of the safari a herd of elephants approx. 100 were gathered by the lake. It was incredible! The driver told us we were lucky as for several days... More

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Lancaster, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 13, 2014 NEW

Great couple of hours, great guide and pretty much guaranteed to see Elephants. The day we visited we saw about 80 coming down to the lake side we also saw a large "Bull" who was wandering around on his own.

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Sydney, Australia
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed September 10, 2014 NEW

Firstly there is a huge discrepancy in the cost to enter the park. My friends from Australia paid Rs 5,000 each and i paid Rs 100 as i had a sri lankan ID card. We were not given the tickets by the tour guide so i am not sure if this was the correct cost. The jeep hire was Rs... More

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Anuradhapura, Sri Lanka
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 8, 2014

Elephants in this place have restricted movements within a limited area. So that you can always see large number of elephants within a one hour Safari.

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Beirut
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed September 4, 2014

Do not expect to see a very wide range of animals. You will see elephants, buffaloes and birds only. And the decpointing things is that you are moving through the reserve with a lot of 4 x4 everywhere.

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Colombo, Sri Lanka
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 3, 2014

Place to see large herds of elephants and wild buffalo, pick a bright evening, The safari ride through the park, the waterways and swamps up to the lake, where large Herds of Elephants and Buffalo flock, might to lucky to catch a view of a Peacock and the Monkeys too.

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