Yala wildlife holiday in Sri Lanka

Description of Yala wildlife holiday in Sri Lanka

Inspiring the passionate responsible traveller, an alternatively tailored Yala safari and wilderness camp module. To be fitted into your own holiday itinerary planning. Transfers to and from Yala area as required.

Balanced between active safari excursions in Yala National Park and slow pace time to absorb the rhytms of the jungle at the lodge, the package intends to create a complete experience with Sri Lankan wilderness.

The package includes ecolodge tented accommodation that is both wild, “simple” and “in style” with spacious tented chalet, a private bathroom with flush toilet, shower and running water inside the tent.

2 Yala National Park safari tours are included in the package: - a full day tour in the popular, southern Yala block 1 and - a ¾ day tour into the recently opened northern region of Yala. The safari drives are private and with an experienced tracker-driver and a vehicle custom made for safari.

Safaris can be tailored to taste and time. We are happy to concentrate solely on the northern Yala, just a 35 minutes transfer away. Ask us.

Centered on a camp style ecolodge set up in the jungle itself, you will be sleeping under canvas in wild Sri Lanka in a non-touristic and undisturbed region of the southeast corner of the island. Situated in a remote, naturally wild area the camp is private and with just three tented chalet accommodation units, it is exclusively small. The limited camp size is part and parcel of the concept and vision and definitely enhances the real and raw wilderness living feel.

The location of the ecolodge is not only the wildest possible but also unique; because the total 25 acres jungle property has been released as wild elephant habitat and the big animals are frequently seen or heard near – or in the camp area. Mainly in the evening just before dusk; elephants are more or less nocturnal and may eat at night in the bush landscape around the camp.

This ‘slow safari / nature / wildlife package’ provides a genuinely holistic safari and wilderness experience; allowing time for just being in nature but also driving on safaris. Meanwhile the stay in the wilderness camp may prove as interesting in itself as safari excursions in Yala National Park - depending on good luck and coincidence.

Safari essentially is a driving tour. We are moving objects working on tracking the wild animals; they are the hiding objects. That is safari – but something in a way is lacking. This package finds the ‘other lacking aspect’ and time for a meditative meeting with the wild Sri Lanka. A really authentic feeling of nature and suspense at the camp in the jungle. Appreciate small and big things passing by. You are the static hiding object. Birds and potentially wild elephants are the moving objects. Showing up suddenly and often the moment you didn’t expect it. This is authentic and pure adventure; the wild meeting with nature where you might get the feeling of adrenaline instead of the impulse to take photographs...

Day-by-day itinerary

Day 01Arrive, pick up and transfer to the jungle location Stay: Tented wilderness camp
Day 02:Stay: Tented wilderness camp Activity: Full day safari in Yala National Park
Day 03:Stay: Tented wilderness camp Activity: Escorted walking in local natural area for birdwatching, maybe wild elephant spotting.
Day 04:Stay: Tented wilderness camp Activity: Full day safari in Yala National Park
Day 05:Departure

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Departure information

This trip can be tailor made throughout the year to suit your requirements

Responsible tourism

Responsible tourism: Yala wildlife holiday in Sri Lanka


The safari tours inside the national park is conducted with respect for all regulations and we do also constantly consider potential improvements of our own behavior and safari drives in the national park.

Two ways introduced by the safari operator to minimize disturbance of animals by our vehicles is to minimizing the use of mobile phone information about presence of animals. It means we try to avoid the ‘jeep jams’ frequently happening around wild animals in the park. Basically we intend to track ‘our own animals’. This is an ideal and it cannot always happen in this way, yet it is our guideline.

Also we use a ‘fair trade’ salary payment policy for any type of safaris so that we hope to de-motivate ‘tips-conscious’ behavior by our staff. When involving new drivers we educate them, making them aware of our ideals and guidelines and how our clients hope to see the safari to unfold. It means by any means avoiding chasing and disturbing wildlife and avoid the jams.

In addition to the guidelines for our own behavior inside the park we have founded an organization that supports and develops ecotourism based initiatives to conserve buffer zone wilderness areas so these can be preserved as wildlife habitats. The safari camping operation is a commercial initiative of this wildlife tourism operator which is based in a jungle area north of the Yala National Park and it is planned to step by step generate funds from more commercial safari areas so these safari camps would be contributing to conserve wild areas outside the proper national park boundaries.


This is a wildlife watching and safari camp tour that is operated by an ecotourism operator with excellent credentials and has been honored with the Wild Asia Responsible Tourism Award.

A high degree of community participation is ensured by the management concept of the safari camp operator, an ecolodge located in forest outside Yala.

This lodge is not only located in a jungle but offers a very authentic local experience due to the community based ways of running this wilderness lodge. The camp is also managed by the lodge staff team.

The community impact is positive by generating nature tourism based jobs for people from a remote area where there is otherwise no access into tourism. This is good for the local community as well as for travelers looking for real experiences with an authentic feel. The staff is offered training on the job. The operator is looking for informal talents more than exam papers with the intention to integrate an alternative type of people into nature tourism by using their natural skills and background from living in wild areas. This is considered a very useful qualification by this ecotourism operator and the necessary training is provided.

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