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Udawalawe National Park
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Owner description: This park is home to several hundred elephants and other rare plants and wildlife.
Halifax, nova scotia
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47 reviews
20 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 19 helpful votes
Reviewed December 22, 2013

Wild elephants! That's why we came and that's what we saw! So cool to see them in the wild, truly in the wild, not rescued, not chained, not performing, but healthy, happy & real. No feeding or getting off the vehicle! Hired a land rover & driver near the gate. We were late, mid morning, but had a great experience and saw lots of other wildlife as well. Expensive 'tour' for us on our budget, but worth it! Great photos.

Visited November 2013
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Los Angeles, California
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9 reviews
3 attraction reviews
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“Elephants in Abundance!”
Reviewed December 11, 2013

One cannot drive 20 feet without seeing yet another herd of elephant in this park! Kudos to Sri Lanka for protecting its wildlife.

This is truly the place to see an abundance of animals. I was told that other parks are much larger and thus, the animals more difficult to spot. I have no proof as to the validity of that statement, but I can vouch for the fact that I saw a lot of animals during the short three-hour safari -- peacocks, water buffalo, eagles, birds, monkeys, etc.

Upon entering the park, we stopped at the welcome station where a guide was assigned to joined us. Mine could speak no English. Still, he was an excellent spotter. Fortunately I treated my driver to a day in the park and he translated on behalf of the park's guide.

I have been on multiple African safaris and found this short tour to be as terrific. Sri Lanka itself is a jewel of a country and these spectacular animals its centrepiece. Enjoy!!!

Visited November 2013
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25 reviews
7 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 25 helpful votes
Reviewed November 29, 2013

Hired a fifty year Land Rover & driver near the gate. Could not have chosen better. We picked up a guide from the rangers' post who proved an absolute gem. Saw dozens of elephants of all sizes, wonderful bird life, too.
Met another party who had seen nothing.

Visited September 2013
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21 reviews
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“Elephant Galore!”
Reviewed November 23, 2013

We had an amazing time on our game drives in Uda Walawe. Within minutes of being in the park we saw our first elephant and it pretty much set the tone for the rest of the day as we saw a large number of elephants including spending some time with a herd which included two young calves. This experience was made even more fantastic as we were the only jeep with the herd so we didn't feel like the elephants were being crowded as can happen in other national parks around the world. We were able to turn off the engine and just sit and watch the elephants and they went about their day. Other animals we saw included Buffaloes, Jackals, a Jungle Cat, Crocodiles, Lizards, Monkeys, Peacocks and numerous other birds. It is definitely true that wildlife watching in Africa includes more mammals but if you are wanting a great experience watching Asian Elephants this place is fantastic.

Visited November 2013
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Lisbon, Portugal
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 11 helpful votes
“Don't go if”
Reviewed November 7, 2013

If you had a great experience in Kruguer Park in South Africa you will not like this park. I just saw some elephants, peecocks and other birds and buffalos. The tickets to the park are very expensive and the some guides don't know how to speak english, so they don't give you any information. In my case, I saw first more animals than the guide. But I really had a great experience at Kruguer.

Visited October 2013
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