We noticed that you're using an unsupported browser. The TripAdvisor website may not display properly.We support the following browsers:
Windows: Internet Explorer, Mozilla Firefox, Google Chrome. Mac: Safari.

“6.30am to 6.30pm”
Review of Yala National Park

Yala National Park
Book In Advance
More Info
$38.25*
and up
Private Safari at Yala National Park
Certificate of Excellence
More attraction details
Attraction details
Recommended length of visit: <1 hour
Owner description: Enjoy the unspoilt beauty outdoors in the tropical wilderness and witness the awe-inspiring moments of wildlife and magnificent nature with a Yala safari ride. Offering you a Bazaar of Opportunities to spot a diverse of wildlife, Yala national park is a perfect getaway for a complete change of scenery of your daily lifestyle.Reputed as the national park with the highest concentration of leopards in Sri Lanka, these lazy yet ferocious predators are the main highlight of a Yala Safari. Presenting you fierce leopards throughout the park saturated with thorny shrubs, tall trees, scenic lagoons and golden sand dunes, January to July is the season, one can catch the most leopard sightings. Capture the glimpse of exclusive leopards and watch the mud-bathing playful elephants. Apart from the sights of majestic elephants and leopards, a Yala safari can bring you the astonishing sight of exclusive sloth bear, wild boar, water buffalo, spotted deer, sambar and golden jackal.
Reviewed April 29, 2014

We were up at silly O’Clock (5.30am) ready for our full day safari and the tracker and Jeep collected us from our hotel.

We saw wild elephants with their young, water buffalo, mongoose, monitor lizards, warthogs, bee eaters, crocodiles but unfortunately, no leopards. The park only has 35 so they are fairly hard to come by.

Our tracker worked so hard looking for elephants and leopards and informed us of everything he saw, often stopping other Jeeps to swap information.

There were a lot of Jeeps at the park in the morning.

A break at 10.30am surprised us with no toilet facilities and dozens and dozens of people looking a bit lost and confused. The location of the break was an absolutely stunning beach setting but – no washroom facilities!

We stopped at the same place for lunch and the tracker/guide had cooked us Sri Lankan curry and rice which we ate like natives – thoroughly enjoyable!
Unfortunately, due to the heat and humidity, you have to consume plenty of fluid resulting in a dash to the trees and bushes (bearing in mind the wildlife around). This certainly added to the experience!

You are not allowed out of the vehicle at all during your trip around Yala National Park so it would be wise to keep this in mind on booking.

We felt that a half day safari would have been plenty and we were quite pleased (and so were our bladders) to be heading back to the hotel after a full 12 hours with just two bush toilet stops (10.30am and 1pm).

Thank LouiseJB29
This review is the subjective opinion of a TripAdvisor member and not of TripAdvisor LLC.
Write a ReviewReviews (3,074)
Traveler rating
Traveler type
Time of year
Language
  • More languages
All reviews
"wild boar"
in 208 reviews
"sri lanka"
in 234 reviews
"water buffalo"
in 172 reviews
"sloth bear"
in 115 reviews
"indian ocean"
in 21 reviews
"jeep drivers"
in 43 reviews
"spotted deer"
in 67 reviews
"bumpy ride"
in 28 reviews
"bird life"
in 62 reviews
"early morning"
in 59 reviews
"afternoon safari"
in 45 reviews
"bee eaters"
in 40 reviews
"early start"
in 25 reviews
"monitor lizards"
in 38 reviews
"african safari"
in 21 reviews
"dry season"
in 21 reviews
"their natural habitat"
in 26 reviews
Filter

1,786 - 1,790 of 3,075 reviews

Reviewed April 25, 2014

This was our 2nd visit to Yale, this time with our family and grandchildren, just wanted them to visit this amazing park. We all loved it, and to see the animals in their own habitat is wonderful. We were not quite so lucky this year only 1 leopard sighting against 7 last year butwith all the other animals to see we were not disappointed and will continue to visit Yala, each year on our return to Sri Lanka.An amazing place to go.

Thank allison m
This review is the subjective opinion of a TripAdvisor member and not of TripAdvisor LLC.
Reviewed April 25, 2014

Chaos with the number of jeeps all vying for the same animals. With one small herd of elephants there must have been 50 jeeps all pushing in to a small area causing a logjam, and scaring the animals at the same time. Would never recommend a visit unless they sort out some sort of ordered system to move the jeeps along.

Thank peking303
This review is the subjective opinion of a TripAdvisor member and not of TripAdvisor LLC.
Reviewed April 23, 2014

If anyone guarantees you a leopard sighting, dont believe them. The leopard is Sri Lanka's apex predator and though Yala is the place with their highest concentration in the world, unless the leopard decides to some out in the open, its unlikely you will see him. That said, the national park itself is really beautiful and you will see a lot of wildlife. Peacocks and crocodiles come by the bucketload. Storks, parrots, beacatchers, pelicans, jungle fowl (Sri Lanka's national bird that so closely resembles a rooster, but with a distinct cry) etc you will likely see. Sambar deer, spotted deer, wild boar and perhaps even the odd elephant may be seen. The flora of the park is also rather nice. There are lots of little and big water bodies. You will probably also take a short break at the park's beach. One thing to keep in mind is that most vehicles seat about 6 and the price of the entrance ticket goes down with the more people that buy together. Use the restrooms by the ticket office.. or else you will have to wait a few hours until you take a break by the beach.

1  Thank KANewYork
This review is the subjective opinion of a TripAdvisor member and not of TripAdvisor LLC.
See more reviews
Reviewed April 23, 2014

Easy access with hiring a safari van. Saw elephant, peacocks, spotted dear, samber deer, mongoose, water buffalo, wild boar and lots of birdlife

Thank Margie F
This review is the subjective opinion of a TripAdvisor member and not of TripAdvisor LLC.

Travelers who viewed Yala National Park also viewed

Tissamaharama, Southern Province
 
Tissamaharama, Southern Province
Tissamaharama, Southern Province
 

Been to Yala National Park? Share your experiences!

Write a Review Add Photos & Videos

Owners: What's your side of the story?

Own or manage this property? Claim your listing for free to respond to reviews, update your profile and much more.

Claim Your Listing