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Sugathe's Yala Jeep Safaris

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Yala National Park, Sri Lanka
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Deborah G wrote a review Dec 2019
Carvoeiro, Portugal60 contributions6 helpful votes
We were picked up from the hotel at 2pm as arranged, we had asked for a Toyota which was the truck that came driven by Naveen. Took a while to get to the reserve and it began to rain, Naveen was well prepared. We opted not to put the sides down though and it was a good decision, okay so we got a little wet from time to time but were able to take photos a plenty. Naveen pointed out loads of animals; Hornbills to Spoonbills, crocodiles to boar, various deer, elephant, eagles to name but a few. Naveen kindly helped some Sri Lankans out of the mud, they were travelling in their own car, using a winch on the front of the truck. And then, just when we thought we were leaving the reserve Naveen decided to take a road we hadn't been down and there He was.... the leopard. He stayed around us for probably five minutes. Ir was wonderful to see him. Then a dash to leave the reserve by 6pm. Would highly recommend the company and definitely Naveen who is not only an excellent driver but spotter too!
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Date of experience: December 2019
Harry C wrote a review Oct 2019
4 contributions
The perfect way to see the Dalyan Delta and surrounding area was a day out with Murat Demerici of Mountains and Seas Really opened our eyes for a totally new experience of the Area
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Date of experience: August 2019
Soli F wrote a review Aug 2019
7 contributions
Excellent safari with this company exciting n a great adrenaline rush. They delivered we saw the bear, and leopard. Very happy
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Date of experience: August 2019
Response from S.P. S, Manager at Sugathe's Yala Jeep Safaris
Responded Aug 3, 2019
Thank you very much. We hope see you again. ☺️☺️Thanks again.
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Aman S wrote a review Mar 2019
Oldbury, United Kingdom4 contributions
Do the driver arrives, parks on the road outside the hotel and didn't inform my hotel he has arrived and made no attempt to call me. In the meanwhile I'm in foyer waiting past 1400 thinking he's not going to turn up, when I saw his jeep through the hotel wall I went to him to find that he was waiting just sat in the car playing on the phone no care in the world Told 6000 everythings inl to but then he asks for 5200 at the gate and he wants his 5000 at the end. I went to pay the fee myself and it wasn't not 5200 as he requested but 5080. So he basically lied to me so he could use the extra 120 rupees for his own use. From that point I felt like going back to hotel as I knew he had lied to me, but it was difficult as I really wanted to see leopards No binoculars!!!!!!! No guided tour .... He didn't know anything other than driving the vehicle Taking pictures like he'd never seen elephants before lol Slow car. Not a professional at all. Zero stars but no option to give zero stars Stay well clear from this one!!!! Over priced, ripped off and incompetent disgusting money grabbing behaviours! If the driver actually knew what he was doing and could convey some natural history information across and decent enough English, it wouldn't of even mattered that we didn't see a leopard but he didn't tick the aforementioned boxes either. He also seemed to lack any care about his job, he was completely aloof to the world around him as if he were on drugs. Avoid this one at all costs!
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Date of experience: March 2019
AdrianinChina wrote a review Feb 2019
Tang Xia China232 contributions93 helpful votes
Lets be clear, my gripe is at the people running Yala National Park not at Sugarthes who we booked via Jetwing Travel. So lets quickly say given the attitude and speed in which some of the Safari companies operated in, we were totally happy with our driver who did his very best to ensure we had a good experience. Collection is from 5am at the hotel. At 6am the park attendants allow vehicles in. Our guide said only 400 vehicles are allowed in each day...yes 400. Catching glimpse of a Leopard is pot luck...once a sighting is known about it appears as if all and sundry suddenly know and you can get into a jam....we were in line (traffic jam) for 30 minutes moving a few yards at a time. By the time jeeps moved a bit quicker you do not need to be a genius to guess the Leopard had moved on...had his breakfast, had a sleep and was miles away...by the time we saw the vacant rock it had been sitting on. It wasn't the only time we got held up...but there you have it...Quite how the National Park handles tbis better is anyone's guess but i would be into limiting the number of vehicles to much much less and even charge more to not effect revenue. Its obvious that speeding jeeps is not helping finding some of the wildlife. We did get to see quite a bit, the elusive bear, crocs, mongoose, Water Buffalo, Eagles, and a variety of other creatures but not the Leopard. We were back at the hotel by 9.45 and in time for breakfast.
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Date of experience: February 2019