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Yala or Uda Walawe in Dec? Recommendations on Safari Co's?

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Yala or Uda Walawe in Dec? Recommendations on Safari Co's?

Hi

I'm planning a trip to Sri Lanka for this December and would like to spend 2 to 3 nights in either or both Uda Walawe and Yala National Parks for luxury camping and safari. I'd really appreciate your advice on:

1) Whether to try and visit Uda Walawe or Yala or both (bearing in mind that it will be on 23-25 December); and

2) Which of these operators to go with: Kulu Safaris, Mahoora Tented Safaris, Leopard Trails, Master Campers. Or others?

Thank you!

Tom

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1. Re: Yala or Uda Walawe in Dec? Recommendations on Safari Co's?

Hi There,

I would say do both if you can afford and have time, Udawalawe more Elephants than Yala but yala have more variety of animals

Sorry, can't help with 2

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2. Re: Yala or Uda Walawe in Dec? Recommendations on Safari Co's?

Camping is no longer inside the parks, and hugely overpriced.

Hans

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3. Re: Yala or Uda Walawe in Dec? Recommendations on Safari Co's?

Hi Hans, thanks for the tip. Any suggestion on day safaris? Which park would be most enjoyable?

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4. Re: Yala or Uda Walawe in Dec? Recommendations on Safari Co's?

Hi again Hans, also wondering what you would suggest as the best accommodation options for the national parks for 2-3 days of safari if the tented safaris are no good? Thanks again!

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5. Re: Yala or Uda Walawe in Dec? Recommendations on Safari Co's?

Thanks for your response Carol. I am keen to see both if possible :)

Fredericia, Denmark
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6. Re: Yala or Uda Walawe in Dec? Recommendations on Safari Co's?

Depends on your budget.

Hans

Frome, United...
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7. Re: Yala or Uda Walawe in Dec? Recommendations on Safari Co's?

Hi Hans, our budget is flexible, it's our honeymoon so we are prepared to splurge if needed, but we're not too fussy so will go for lower-end places too if people recommend them highly as a nice place to stay. Thanks.

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8. Re: Yala or Uda Walawe in Dec? Recommendations on Safari Co's?

I have stayed at Chandrika, but Cinnamon Wild is likely the best in the area.

Hans

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9. Re: Yala or Uda Walawe in Dec? Recommendations on Safari Co's?

Bad news for many:

colombopage.com/archive_13B/Aug01_1375339951…

"Yala National Park will be closed for the visitors during the month of September"...

All the best,

<Erik> & [Sandya]

Odense
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10. Re: Yala or Uda Walawe in Dec? Recommendations on Safari Co's?

I am writing from the poolside of Cinnamon Wild - yes it is very nice and does not seem overpriced if booked via some web booking site. Little extra for beachside hut is clearly worth the money btw.

It takes about 2,5 hrs from one park to the other, so you can switch over in between morning safari at one and night at the other. We re doing both parks in three days.

Edited: 5:39 am, August 03, 2013