Yala wildlife tour in Sri Lanka

Description of Yala wildlife tour in Sri Lanka

Inspiring the passionate responsible traveller, an alternatively tailored Yala safari and wilderness camp. A 4-nights module to be fitted into your own holiday itinerary planning. Transfers to and from Yala area arranged as required.

Balanced between bird watching walks, 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 different and exciting 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.

You will be sleeping under canvas in wild Sri Lanka in a non-touristic and undisturbed region of the southeast corner of the island. This is certainly nature-based accommodation at a camp style ecolodge set up in the jungle itself, and operated by a highly trained locally recruited staff team. Situated in a remote wilderness area, the camp is exclusively private and with just three tented chalets. The limited camp size is part and parcel of the concept and vision and definitely enhances the real and raw wilderness living feel.

Three Yala National Park safari tours are included in the package: -
(-) Two full day tours in the popular, southern Yala block 1. Entered via the less busy Katagamuwa entrance. The transfer takes 80 minutes from lodge to Yala entrance.

(-) One afternoon tour into the recently opened northern region of Yala. This area of Yala is only a 35 minutes transfer away from the lodge .

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.

The safari drives are private and with an experienced tracker-driver and a vehicle custom made for safari.

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 seasonally (May – October)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 balanced wilderness experience; allowing time for just being in nature combined with jeep safari tours.

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’ : 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...

About rates, please note that:

1. The indicated rate is per person / based on 2-pax

2. The rate is inclusive of all meals, refreshments, staff costs, 3 private safari tours, local walks in the ecolodge area, pick-up and drop in the nearest town.

Day-by-day experiences

Day 01 Arrive, pick up and transfer to the jungle location Stay: Tented wilderness camp. Afternoon/evening local landscape walk and birdwatching. 
Day 02: Stay: Tented wilderness camp Activity: Full day safari in Yala National Park. In the southern block 1 of the National Park. Start morning 5 am.
Day 03: Stay: Tented wilderness camp Activity: Escorted walking in local natural area for birdwatching, maybe wild elephant spotting. Afternoon safari tour, 1:30pm. Nearby block 5 of Yala NP, a lesser visited area. A 35 minute transfer from lodge.
Day 04: Stay: Tented wilderness camp Activity: Full day safari in Southern Yala National Park, block 1. 5am start.  
Day 05: Morning escorted birdwatching from sunrise. Departure

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Departure information

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

Responsible tourism

As the pioneers of responsible tourism, we screen every trip so you can travel knowing your holiday will help support conservation and local people.

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.

The Impacts of this Trip

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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