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“Disgusting, disgusting, disgusting - Yala part 1”
Review of Yala National Park

Yala National Park
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Yala Safari Private Day Trip from Bentota
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Private Day-Trip to Yala National Park Including BBQ Dinner on the Beach
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Owner description: Stard Time Morning 5.00 Am. Come Back Time 12.3.( 7 Hours Tour). Stard Time Morning 5.00am Come Back Time 6.00pm. (full Day Safari)
Reviewed January 21, 2014

I'd read the reviews so I was sort of prepared but the half day tour was part of a larger organised trip so we went. The jeep carrying eight of us was not the best,- uncomfortable, several people banging their heads on exposed ironwork in the jeep's roof as the boy racer driver bounced in, out and around the reserve on the mud roads. He was racing to deliver the elusive leopard to what he thought would be grateful clients who would then enhance his tip. The way that many of the tour companies drive their vehicles, racing and then congregating in large traffic jams at the first whiff of the appearance of a leopard was disgusting. The lack of respect for the creatures themselves as the jeeps "jostled" for a closer position,- we got extremely close to a lovely family of elephants, including several babies, was also disgusting. Finally, for this review, the lack of adequate toilet facilities in this game park, not only for international visitors paying "top dollar" and creating jobs but also for Sri Lankans themselves, was particularly disgusting. If you're taken to the beach, a beautiful site but one of tragedy (the Tsunami), be careful where you find a toilet...as directed by your no-doubt embarrassed driver/guide....because the beachside vegetation provides most of the toilet facility on offer. South Africa is a beacon of organisation, infrastructure and, above all, respect for and knowledge of wildlife compared with this. My wife and I vowed never to return...thankfully we were persuaded otherwise.

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Reviewed January 21, 2014

If you've been on safari to South or East Africa then you might be disappointed with this one. The area was overloaded with jeeps driving far too fast and the whole experience wasn't overwhelmingly good.

You'll see wart hogs, plenty of birds, some elephant, loads of monkeys and usually a leopard (bring binoculars for the latter) but a half day is enough. What few animals haven't been scared off by the hoards of jeeps will have retired into the bush in the heat of the day.

I believe the other parks are quieter and more pleasant.

Thank DeuxCarr
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Reviewed January 20, 2014

The abundance of wildlife in Yala never ceases to surprise me. On this occasion we had 6 safari drives and saw four leopards

Thank KJMColdstream
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Reviewed January 15, 2014

We visited Yala National Park in November 2013 and travelled in group of 4.

We got a contact on a driver, gave him a ring, sat the date and price. The cost of the jeep was 4500Rs and we agreed safari 6am-11am.

We got to the park just before 6am as that's when the park officialy opens. Our driver took us to the office and helped us to purchase the tickets. I was surprised that you can actually get a group discount. The bigger the group, the bigger the discount you get. Entrance for 1 person is 3700Rs but we paid slightly over 10 000Rs for the 4 of us!!! You would pay even less for a bigger group. The price goes down with each person. The other surprise was that I was able to pay with bank card.

What seemed as an expensive outing became a decent price adventoure.

Have fun and good luck with leopard spotting.

Thank magpys
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Reviewed January 15, 2014

We went to Yala national park in the second week of January, and although the setting is beautiful and it's quite something to see a natural park by the beach, the experience is terrible because there are simply too many cars there. We saw a group of elephants but within minutes there were 10 cars trying to get in each others way to see them. With the dense vegetation it's not easy to see them to begin with... We then heard there was a leopard sighting, but when we arrived there, there was a serious traffic jam of about 30 cars all trying to spot the poor animal, who of course was long gone. We hear Udawalawe is a much better choice and we regret not going there. Please save yourself the disappointment, because it's not a pleasure to go on safari here.

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