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Review of Yala Safari Game Lodge

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Yala Safari Game Lodge
Hong Kong, China
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28 reviews
18 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 27 helpful votes
“Spectaclar”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed April 14, 2010

Yala is a spectacular place to stay for your safari trip to Yala being so close to the National Park gates. I recommend booking the safari in advance to make the most of your time. The chalets are clean, very comfortable with air conditioning and hot water. We enjoyed the buffet at the restaurant (only US$22) and a la carte meals, but did not rate their take-out breakfast; best to come back for breakfast from the morning safari or just have a packed lunch by the river (same as breakfast, with a few more items and costing more). Warning you have a long wait at lunch before the afternoon safari because its too hot for the drivers so bring your swimwear for a soak in the river. We were extremely lucky to have 3 separate leopard sighting on the first safari and lots of elephants and crocodiles, but no leopards and only a few elephants on our second day safari. You will always see the spotted deers, buffaloes and monkeys. I recommend at least one visit to the beach and a dip in one of the rock pools, the sea is too rough for swimming. A visit to the nearby fishing village is interesting, they are very welcoming, but expect a financial request for help as they suffered great losses during the tsunami.

  • Stayed April 2010, traveled with friends
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 4 of 5 bubbles
      Service
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1 Thank meitsa
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Oslo, Norway
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63 reviews
38 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 40 helpful votes
3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed February 28, 2010

good for a few days, which was great for us as that was what we were after.

Nice and close to the wildlife

Stayed August 2009, traveled as a couple
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Wales
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18 reviews
10 hotel reviews
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed August 29, 2008

The Yala lodge was exactly what we expected - the feel of being on safari while still having all the luxury you need. The rooms are lovely with lots of elephant pattern materials. The bathroom had lots of eco-friendly energy saving elements. The food was tasty. The safaris were gerat, even though we missed the leopard. The staff were wonderful, one evening they came to knock on our door so we could go outside and watch elephants eating the bushes in front of our hut. We had a really fun stay in a beautiful location.

  • Liked — Being so close to nature
  • Disliked — Would have liked to have done more safaris.
  • Stayed December 2005, traveled with family
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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London
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed February 4, 2008

We loved Yala Lodge. The staff were helpful and the food was excellent. Unfortunately the hotel has experienced a high number of drop outs due to the current problems in Sri Lanka but we had no problems.

The lodge is built with an eco friendly theme, the room we were given was spacious and everything is made from natural materials. The water is heated using solar panels and it was hot.

There were wild boars wondering around and occasionally there are even elephants that come wondering around. You have to be chaperoned to your room at night just in case.

The pool overlooks a large water area where you can see water buffalos.

I thouroughly recommend this hotel to anyone - you won't be disappointed.

  • Liked — The room and service.
  • Disliked — The pool could've done with a better clean
  • Stayed January 2008, traveled with family
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
      Value
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
      Location
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
      Check in / front desk
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
      Rooms
    • 4 of 5 bubbles
      Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
      Service
    • 4 of 5 bubbles
      Business service (e.g., internet access)
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3 Thank NanuAnu
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London, United Kingdom
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5 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 10 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed December 11, 2007

We went to Yala park for 1 night during our stay in Sri Lanka in June. I had never been on safari before, and i wasnt sure what to expect. We had a great time! I was so amazed to see so many different animals out in the wild, such as crocodiles, monkeys, a sloth bear, jackals, elephants,snakes. The trip was almost finished when we our guide spotted a leopard! Apparently only 1 in every 20 groups spot one so this was very fortunate!

You really get your value for money on safari in Sri Lanka, and it wont cost you a fortune like it can do in Africa. The game lodge was clean, it had everything we required and it really is exciting to be located so close to so many wild animals. My only criticism of the game lodge was the amount of time it took to serve our meal, which seemed to take forever, but i havent dwelled on this as it was a great day and something i will always remember.

  • Liked — very safe and clean
  • Disliked — service was slow
  • Stayed June 2007, traveled as a couple
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 4 of 5 bubbles
      Check in / front desk
    • 4 of 5 bubbles
      Rooms
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
      Cleanliness
    • 4 of 5 bubbles
      Service
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3 Thank JP1985
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North Petherton, United Kingdom
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6 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 24 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed June 25, 2007

Yala National Park, is absolutely fantastic. We took in a 4 hour safari around a small part of the park and saw virtually everything including Sloath Bears, Leopard, Elephants, Crocodiles, Lizards, deer, boar, fox, king cobra, water buffalo, eagles etc......
Very interesting and great guides. Very highly recommended.

Stayed June 2007
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Berne
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 4 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed January 15, 2007

Yala Game lodge was all what we wanted. We loved the setting and Yala National Park offered us unspoilt beauty.
I have never seen so many Leopards as in Yala, one day five of them. They are not shy as in Africa and its a real beauty. I will never forget it. The True Gems of Yala. I found them in the morning as well as evening game drives.
Sri Lanka although an island , has three of the Big Five so you can never go hungry. I hope more people would come and enjoy the peace and the friendly and educated people all round.

  • Liked — The friendly people
  • Disliked — nothing in particular
  • Tips/Secrets — Dont miss Yala , its such a beautiful spot with so many endemics wildlife.
  • Stayed January 2007, traveled with family
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 4 of 5 bubbles
      Rooms
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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Property: Yala Safari Game Lodge
Address: Yala National Park, Sri Lanka
Location: Sri Lanka > Yala National Park
Amenities:
Restaurant Swimming Pool
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Ranked #2 of 2 Hotels in Yala National Park
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): $
Hotel Class:3 star — Yala Safari Game Lodge 3*
Number of rooms: 108
Also Known As:
Yala Safari Game Hotel Yala National Park

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