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Yala National Park Safari

Yala National Park is one of the best places in the world to see leopards in the wild. Without any natural predators at Yala, over-200 leopards thrive here, and they often emerge for a drink at the water tank. Yala is also home to large game such as the endangered Asian Elephant, playful sloth bear and many endemic species of birdlife.
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Can you arrange transportation to/from Yala National Park?
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Yes sure! If you're coming from any other parts of Sri Lanka (e.g. Colombo) to Yala National Park for your safari, or you need to head from Yala National Park to any other parts of Sri Lanka after your safari, we can provide a private car transfer. This will cost US $60 per 4-person car, per one-way transfer. Please do indicate in your booking form if you require this transfer.
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Which Yala National Park Blocks do you visit?
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Most of our safari partners visit Block 1 as that is the one that is closest to the towns of Tissamaharam and Kataragama where most of the hotels are. It is also the block which has the most wildlife. Block 5 is visited on occasion. The other blocks require special permission for entry. If you have a certain block in mind, do let us know and we can see if we can arrange!
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How do I get there?
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The best way to get to Yala is by private transport as it is the fastest and most direct way. You can head to either Kataragama or Tissamaharama which are the two largest towns near the park that offer accommodation and safari jeep hires. The journey from Colombo by car is about 5 hours. Tissamaharama is slightly closer (by about 15-20 minutes) than Kataragama, but further away from the park, so it will mean an earlier wake up time (by about half hour - 45 minutes) for your morning safari. If you prefer to take public transport, you can also catch a bus from Colombo to Kataragama, which will take about 8 and a half hours.
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Do I need to go with a guide?
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Only park-registered jeeps are allowed to do game drives within Yala National Park, so no private self-drives are allowed. All the options here will provide you with a park-registered jeep, and a great safari tracker who will spot all the wildlife hiding among the shrubs, and tell you fascinating stories!
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Do I need to train up?
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No walking necessary, just sit back and enjoy wildlife spotting!
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