Habarana Tours
All Inclusive Private Safari in Minneriya National Park
4.5

All Inclusive Private Safari in Minneriya National Park

By Merganser Holidays
Recommended by 90% of travelers
90% of reviewers gave this product a bubble rating of 4 or higher.
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Duration: 240–270 minutes
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Live guide: English
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  • Transportation by a Luxury 4WD Safari Jeep
  • Service of an Experienced driver/tracker
  • Bottled water
  • Soft Drinks
  • Free Hotel pickup and drop-off from/to Habarana, Sigiriya, Dambulla and Kandalama Hotels
  • All taxes, fees and handling charges
What's not included
  • Gratuities


Start:
  • Option 1
    Habarana, Sri Lanka
    We pick up from any hotel in Habarana
  • Option 2
    Sigiriya, Sri Lanka
    We pick up from any hotel in Sigiriya
  • Option 3
    Dambulla, Sri Lanka
    We pick up from any hotel in Dambulla
  • Option 4
    Kandalama, Sri Lanka
    We pick up from any hotel in Kandalama
  • Option 5
    Minneriya National Park, Sri Lanka
    We pick up from the park entrance
Pickup details
  • We pick up from any hotel in Habarana,Sigiriya or Dambulla
Hotel pickup offered
During checkout you will be able to select from the list of included hotels.
    End:This activity ends back at the meeting point.

      • Not wheelchair accessible
      • Near public transportation
      • Infants must sit on laps
      If you have questions about accessibility, we’d be happy to help. Just call the number below and reference the product code: 72113P91

      • Confirmation will be received at time of booking
      • Not recommended for pregnant travelers
      • Not recommended for travelers with back problems
      • Dress code is casual
      • Most travelers can participate
      • This is a private tour/activity. Only your group will participate

      • For a full refund, cancel at least 24 hours in advance of the start date of the experience.

      If you have questions about this tour or need help making your booking, we’d be happy to help. Just call the number below and reference the product code: 72113P91

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      • Merganser Holidays
        186
        Colombo, Sri Lanka
        Joined in March 2018
      • deirdrec18
        0 contributions
        5.0 of 5 bubbles
        Yala National Park safari
        Our Merganser Yala National Park safari was fantastic. The driver picked us up from our hotel on time. He spoke English and tried very hard to allow us to see a leopard, which was successful. We also had a lovely lunch provided. Would highly recommend.
        Written May 4, 2024
      • 169serenec
        0 contributions
        5.0 of 5 bubbles
        Merganser driver-guide
        Henry made me feel very comfortable & I liked his steady driving. As a tour guide as well he speaks very gd English. When I needed to buy local chilli sauce to bring back home he drove to a large supermarket. He also helped me select the brands when I bought chocolates and chips. I had to arrange my time properly as I was heading to multiple locations and Henry was always on standby. Henry is steady, approachable, service- oriented, obliging. Very trustworthy and I’m very glad to have had him on this trip to bring me around! Will be back again hopefully with family next round!
        Written May 2, 2024
      • Roam628313
        0 contributions
        5.0 of 5 bubbles
        Excellent 1 day excursion fro cruise port
        Excellent excursion with Merganser Holidays. Well organized and without a hitch - picked up on time and back to ths ship on time. Jeep driver for the safari was also an excellent spotter-saw and ppinted out animals we would have otherwise missed. Recommended.
        Written May 2, 2024
      • ClaireC9876
        0 contributions
        5.0 of 5 bubbles
        A great tour of Sri Lanka
        We had a great trip to Sri Lanka with Merganser Holidays and particularly our driver Lal. He was a great tour guide, always willing to share information about the history and culture. He helped us to see all of the sights on our itinerary, but also flexible with our itinerary when we wanted to have some downtime. We always felt we were in good hands with Lal. Thanks for helping to make our trip so special!
        Written May 1, 2024
      • RJEK
        0 contributions
        5.0 of 5 bubbles
        Great Nala experience
        A fantastic day with many animal sightings in Nala. Close encounters with elephants, many other species, prolific bird life and a delicious lunch. We really enjoyed it and highly recommend Merganser for great service and excellent value.
        Written April 27, 2024
      • susancR4467KM
        0 contributions
        5.0 of 5 bubbles
        Well organised.
        Extremely well organised. Convenient pick up from port. We saw a lot of wildlife including elephants but sadly no leopards.
        Written April 22, 2024
      • Oscar1319
        0 contributions
        5.0 of 5 bubbles
        Look no further for your Yala safari!
        Outstanding tour. Merganser were superb in organising things for us including a few alterations to their normal program that we requested. A very professionally run company - they couldn't have been more helpful. The day itself went very smoothly and we were fortunate to see lots of wildlife, some of it at very close quarters. Our driver/guide looked after us very well. A thoroughly enjoyable day out and extremely good value for money, all things considered. Highly recommended.
        Written April 20, 2024
      • earrigo
        0 contributions
        4.0 of 5 bubbles
        Yala National Park is DEFINITELY worth a visit.
        The visit to Yala Nationl Park was fantastic. To be able to be so close to wild elephants and their calves was a once in a lifetime experience. The driver was very good at spotting the wild life so that we didn’t miss anything. The only let down was the lunch. We were asked to preprder from a menu but when we got to the lunch place we were shown to a table and left to our own devices. Lunch consisted of lining up at a self serve table. There were more than one hundred people there for lunch.
        Written April 19, 2024
      • galinam187
        0 contributions
        5.0 of 5 bubbles
        Awesome tours with Merganser to Yala and Colombo - excellent experience
        We arranged 2 tours in Sri Lanka with Merganser Holidays: Yala safari as part of a group off the Celebrity Cruise and a private tour of Colombo. We had 59 people in the cruise group which was split into subgroups 6 people per jeep. The communication was absolutely awesome. All of the communication was done directly by Henry Lioner, Director of Operations. Every step of the way, complete details were provided, including the pickup point, lunch detail, groups, etc. and the response to my emails was prompt, polite and thorough. Henry sent our subgroup set-up and details thru whatsup so that we knew who were in our subgroup and could communicate with each other if wanted. The tours were great, no problems whatsoever. Henry came to the ship pickup point himself but then I was surprised to see him again in Yala at lunch time where he took care of our groups (lunch was awesome). Our jeeps picked us up right from the pier, next to the ship, and dropped us off there as well. We had the jeep driver and were joined by the safari guide at Yala, who were trying their best to make sure that we saw as many animals as possible. They got us back to the ship at exactly the time promised. The Colombo private tour was fantastic as well; again, Henry was there at the pick-up point (right next to the ship). The tour guide was great, showed us everything we wanted to see and more. All in all, I couldn't be happier with Merganser tours. Everything, from the beginning to the end, was absolutely fantastic.
        Written April 19, 2024
      • Traveler89823
        0 contributions
        5.0 of 5 bubbles
        Amazing safari, seeing loads of wildlife
        This was a great tour. We were picked up directly from the cruise ship and had a full day tour with lunch in the middle. Our driver stopped at various points on the way to Yala to show us wildlife and once in Yala, we had an official guide. We saw lots of elephants, including mothers with their babies, crocodiles, monkeys, a bear, water buffalo and loads of different birds. This is an amazing tour and very good value for money. We were back in plenty of time for the ship. Highly recommend
        Written April 19, 2024
      • 126ld
        0 contributions
        5.0 of 5 bubbles
        Truly a bucket list day.
        Whilst looking for a day safari from the port in Hambantota, i found this tour. I managed to book on line with no problems. receiving prompt and polite responses to my requests. On confirmation prior to the trip. I was contacted and asked if we would like to share our tour as another couple had also expressed interest. I agreed to this and we were put in contact with them so we could meet prior to the tour. This also halved the cost for us so that was excellent. Not knowing how this would go and being very anxious about the timings. We were all understandably a little worried. We were instructed to meet at the foot of the steps of the ship and look for our sign . Within minutes we were able to identify our driver and he swiftly took us to our jeep. less that 10 minutes from leaving the ship we ere driving through Hambantota and making our way to the park. Our driver was kind and helpful, explaining everything as we went. We saw monkeys, all kinds of birds, rice fields, water buffalo and a crocodile. all before arriving at the park. On arrival at the park our driver suggested we take advantage of the toilets. once he had collected out tickets, we were off again and in to the park. Whilst we were all hopeful of seeing all kinds of animals we knew nothing is guaranteed. It wasn't long though and we came across some water buffalo in a watering hole and deer. Then as we made our way along the track. we heard elephant trumpeting. as we got closer, we were able to see 3 female elephants and a calf. literally at the side of us. It was amazing. and the start of many more sightings. We saw a leopard, more monkeys, more elephants, mongoose, Chital, crocodiles and so many different birds. Our guide was very helpful and showed us a whole array of animals, most of which we wouldn't have seen without his pointing them out. We stopped at lunch at a stop right next to a stretch of beach. Lunch had been prepared for us and we had been able to pre order what we wanted. It was very nice and more than sufficient. Once finished we were ready for more adventure and we were not dissapointed either. We arrived back to our ship on time and bid our farewells to our guide/ driver. an amazing day was had and new friendships made. what more could we have asked for.
        Written April 19, 2024
      • 957francesd
        0 contributions
        5.0 of 5 bubbles
        Highly recommend
        We had a brilliant safari day in Sri Lanka with Merganser. The communication from start to finish with Mr Lionel Henry was superb. Considering the group gradually grew to around 60 - each of us booking individually (we were from a cruise ship) - the organisation was seamless. Mr Lionel even set up a WhatsApp group and introduced us beforehand to our fellow travellers assigned to our jeep. The driver/guides on the tour were experienced and helped us spot various wildlife. Thank you Mr Lionel.
        Written April 19, 2024
      • johnsD9414YX
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        5.0 of 5 bubbles
        Excellent, flexible tour company
        We arranged a customized variation on this 3 day tour to complement a cycling tour we had done with another company. Henry was very easy to deal with and customized the itinerary to meet our needs. We fitted in all the major sites and attractions at a good pace. Henry was a good driver, very obliging and informed. We were booked into the Sungreen Resort - quite good, but a hotel closer to a town centre could be a better option to try more local food. price was most competitive compared to a couple of other quotes I got. Overall, I'd certainly recommend using Merganser.
        Written March 14, 2024
      • dzw
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        5.0 of 5 bubbles
        Great experience
        We used Merganser Holidays to visit Yala National Park in Sri Lanka. We were on a cruise and chose this company for our excursion. Our tour guide was excellent. He was able to spot so many animals! The excursion included lunch, which we ordered in advance. Would highly recommend.
        Written February 28, 2024
      • varinid2023
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        5.0 of 5 bubbles
        Wonderful Nature Resort
        My family of 8 persons visited this beautiful, nature resort. The staff were outstanding in their personal attention to all of us. We stayed in the deluxe bungalows that were spacious and comfortable with all the amenities one needs. It was my daughter's birthday on Feb 2nd and they provided a birthday cake and all the staff and guests sang "Happy birthday" , which was special. I like their motto "Leave nothing but footprints & take nothing but memories" Special thanks to Mr. Jaya Sri Wickramasinghe, the front office manager.
        Written February 22, 2024
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      12FOL
      South West England3 contributions
      3.0 of 5 bubbles
      Jan 2024 • Family
      In terms of what people come to see , Elephants, this delivered, lots and lots of elephant sightings.
      But there were a couple of ocassions when the number of jeeps virtually encircling elephants did not feel comfortable. To be fair our guide moved on when we told him and moved away from the jam of jeeps.
      The problem with a tipping culture, rather than paying drivers a good flat rate is they will push and jostle other vehicles to get the " best view" and tips.
      If you are over 5'7 tall you may find views when seated restricted by rolled up blinds. We mentioned this a couple of times. Eventually, we got guide to stop and he used cable that he had to tie them up. This is a very easy fix and perhaps one safar company could just do? This makes us sound like moany people, we are not! We went on another safari with Wildhideaway hotel in Wilpattu and although we saw fewer sightings the guide and experience was much better.
      Written January 22, 2024
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      Maximilian
      Hong Kong, China1,714 contributions
      2.0 of 5 bubbles
      Dec 2023 • Couples
      I recently took part in an elephant tour that unfortunately didn’t meet my expectations, leading to a two-star rating. Firstly, the price for the tour seemed excessively high compared to the value received. The condition of our jeep was subpar, not really up to the standard for such a tour.

      While the park’s overcrowding isn’t something the tour operator can control, it did impact the overall experience. Communication with the tour organizers was good, which is a plus. However, the knowledge of the guides was surprisingly lacking, with incorrect information being provided (such as the presence of iguanas, which are not found there).

      Our jeep breaking down mid-tour, though quickly resolved with a replacement vehicle, raised concerns about the maintenance and quality of the transportation used. While I appreciate the efforts made for communication and quick problem-solving, the overall experience was underwhelming considering the price and expectations.
      Written January 2, 2024
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      Sofia Varela
      4 contributions
      5.0 of 5 bubbles
      Oct 2021 • Couples
      We made this tour on my birthday. The team was super attentive by making me a cake. It was really super! The guide was also excellent by explaining us everything we saw from the multiple birds until the elephants. He also had so much patience for our photos to the animals.
      If someone wants to make a safari, you should talk with this company!
      Written October 23, 2021
      This review is the subjective opinion of a Tripadvisor member and not of Tripadvisor LLC. Tripadvisor performs checks on reviews as part of our industry-leading trust & safety standards. Read our transparency report to learn more.
      Hi Sofia. Thank you so much for taking the time to share this 5-star review with our team! We love hearing how much you enjoyed the safari on your birthday. We know you have choices when it comes to your travel adventures, and it means the world to us that you’ve chosen to book an experience with our team. Thank you again for supporting our local business and we hope you’ll visit us in the future! - Henry Lionel -
      Written January 9, 2022
      This response is the subjective opinion of the management representative and not of Tripadvisor LLC.

      Youthgroup2018
      Orpington, UK20 contributions
      5.0 of 5 bubbles
      Aug 2023 • Family
      This was a fantastic trip that exceeded my expectations. Our guide Samira was very knowledgeable and he was very sensitive to when we wanted to stop and watch or to move on. The scenery was very open and beautiful and the elephants were amazing- we saw over 100 in several groups. Samira also spotted many different animals and birds such as langur, purple faced monkey, eagle, kingfisher and storks, that we would not have otherwise seen. He provided chilled water bottles and sliced watermelon that kept us refreshed! All in all it was a truly memorable trip! Highly recommended
      Written August 7, 2023
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      Gill D
      Honiton, UK20 contributions
      5.0 of 5 bubbles
      Jan 2020
      Our game driver / guide was Samira. He was attentive to our requirements. I am a keen photographer and Samira ensured that I got the best shots possible and didn't try and hurry things along. He was very informative and happy to share his impressive wildlife knowledge. I was impressed that the elephants were given a huge amount of respect and they didn't seem to mind us quietly observing them. We were provided with a bottle of water and food at the start of our trek but I was so captivated by the entire experience that the food wasn't touched. Even on our journey home after leaving the park, Samira stopped several times so I could photograph various animals. This meant that we were a little late returning to our hotel which didn't cause us a problem but I was more concerned for Samira. I would definitely say that Samira goes that extra mile. I would recommend this trip and Samira, as a guide, without hesitation. Thank you!
      Written February 3, 2020
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      Richie O
      4 contributions
      5.0 of 5 bubbles
      Sep 2022 • Couples
      Wonderful experience. Saw a lot of elephants. Had a knowledgeable guide who was great at spotting and told us a lot about about the animals. A great driver who got us into great positions to view the animals. Because of the lack of tourism at the moment it felt particularly special to see animals with so few other groups around.
      Written September 13, 2022
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      Hi Mr. Richard. Thank you so much for taking the time to share this 5-star review with our team! We love hearing how much you enjoyed your safari at Minneriya National Park with our team.We know you have choices when it comes to your travel adventures, and it means the world to us that you’ve chosen to book an experience with our team. Thank you again for supporting our local business and we hope you’ll visit us in the future! - Henry Lionel -
      Written September 14, 2022
      This response is the subjective opinion of the management representative and not of Tripadvisor LLC.

      Fearless11361200808
      1 contribution
      5.0 of 5 bubbles
      Jul 2023 • Family
      I can’t recommend this trip highly enough! We had an amazing safari experience from beginning to end. Our trekker was fantastic - very knowledgeable about the elephants and other wild life in the park. He took us to great spots where we saw lots and lots of elephants. It was very easy to book and the complimentary pick up and drop off was a bonus. He also treated us to fresh watermelon at the end which was much appreciated.
      Written July 29, 2023
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      Luke Randall
      Blackpool, UK9 contributions
      5.0 of 5 bubbles
      Absolute amazing experience, one of the best days of my life!! The tour guide was so helpful and picked up on time and did not rush! Also picked up watermelon and coconut, as well as drinks for the journey! Amazing!! Must do!
      Written July 12, 2023
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      RosieVL1986
      7 contributions
      5.0 of 5 bubbles
      We had a fantastic time on this trip - we were picked up from our hotel in our private jeep. We were given a snack and water on the way to the park. At the park, we saw probably about a hundred elephants and they were amazing! There were a lot of jeeps there, but most were pretty respectful and we didnt feel that the elephants were impacted by all of us watching them - they actually came up to the jeeps and were grazing near us for quite some time. Our guide told us that the elephants can choose to get to the water at various points at the park, so do not have to be in that area, so that further reassured us that they were not impacted by us being there. Our guide was friendly and very knowledgable about the nature and wildlife in the park. I highly recommend doing this, it's so great.
      Written September 14, 2019
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      Susan W
      Perth, Australia9 contributions
      4.0 of 5 bubbles
      Jan 2024 • Couples
      We had a great time. Very good guide and driver. Saw lots of elephants in this park. Really, really recommend the experience.
      Written January 15, 2024
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      Dear Madam, Thank you so much for taking the time to share this 4-star review with our team! We love hearing how much you enjoyed your safari at Minneriya National Park with our team.We know you have choices when it comes to your travel adventures, and it means the world to us that you’ve chosen to book an experience with our team. Thank you again for supporting our local business and we hope you’ll visit us in the future! - Henry Lionel -
      Written January 17, 2024
      This response is the subjective opinion of the management representative and not of Tripadvisor LLC.

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