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Half-day Safari **Experienced Independent Local Guide

By Dilan

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You want to get upclose and personal with the locals for half a day, Dilan is the go-to guy! He is an independent guide so show some support for small businesses like his


Less than 1 day
Private trip
This is a 1 half-day game drive in Yala National Park with an experienced safari driver, and is perfect for those who have arranged their accommodation separately. You can opt for either a morning safari game drive, or an afternoon safari game drive. The morning game drive will take place from 5am to 10am, and the afternoon game drive will take place from 1pm to 6pm. Please do let us know your preference :)
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What's included

US$ 38.52 6,999.48 LKR per group (max group size of 6)
  • 1 private half-day game drive
  • Jeep and driver
  • Water (1 bottle per person)
  • Transportation from your hotel in Tissamaharama to Yala national park
  • All government taxes (VAT, NBT)
  • Service charge
  • Park entrance fees (usually US $30/each for group sizes between 2-6 persons, and US $50 for solo traveller groups)
  • Food
  • Transport from hotels located outside the Tissamaharama area
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The timing is flexible. See 'Other Notes' for more details
Your hotel in Tissamaharama
The timing is flexible. See 'Other Notes' for more details
Your hotel in Tissamaharama
Other Notes

Choose from either a morning game drive or afternoon game drive.
For morning game drives, pick-up at 5am and drop-off is at 11am.
For afternoon game drives, pick-up is at 1pm and drop-off is at 6pm.


Trips available daily
Feb 29
Mar 01
Mar 02
Mar 03
Mar 04
Mar 05
Bookings should be made at least 3 days in advance. View the full calendar to request other dates.


Please note that this is a sample itinerary and may be subject to change depending on weather conditions.
Day 1: Yala National Park
Yala National Park

Today you'll get the chance to spot birds, elephants and other wildlife in Yala National Park

  • Morning safari
  • 5:00AM Pick up from hotel
  • 10:00AM Drop off at hotel
  • Afternoon Safari
  • 1:00PM Pick up from hotel
  • 6:00PM Drop off at hotel

Meet your guide


Dilan is an independent guide who has been showing the best of Yala to his guests for over 6 years. He has a few friends that work with him, who he asks to help out during busy times. No frills here, but a heartfelt and enjoyable ride of discovery!
8 years experience
Basic English

What others are saying

5.0 out of 1 helpful reviews
Marta Paradowska
07 Jan 2020 on SeekSophie

Dilan Policies

Flexible cancellation policy
Cancel for free 5 days before your trip starts. Cancellations after such date will not be eligible for refunds as Dilan would have paid for your trip’s logistics already.
Change of Date
You may also change your trip date once up to 3 days before your trip starts. Any date change are subject to availability.

Other Things to Know

Packing list for the trip
Casual clothing (ideally breathable as it may get hot)
Insect Repellent
Can you arrange transportation to/from Yala National Park?

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.

Which Yala National Park Blocks do you visit?

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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