Overall good experiece: good communication while booking the tours, experieced guide/driver, saw a lot of animals. And we were pretty demanding participants with one wildlife/ornitology expert in our group. Just be prepared that all safaris to Yala and Bundala are Jeep Safari and no walking. This was a bit tiring for us.
22 Aug 2019
I decided on Yala Wild Safaris because of the good reviews, and I am super happy with my decision.
I contacted Malith back and forth to arrange the trip, and right from the very beginning I can tell that Yala Wild Safaris offers a very good service. Super fast response.
For the first safari, we did the Yala National Park for one full day. Malith made sure that we left our accommodation at 4:30 am sharp, and he was there even before that (punctuality is a big plus for me). The reason we left so early was so we could reach the ticket booth earlier that everybody else and amongst the first to enter the park too (which we did ).
I think all the safaris operators are familiar with the leopards’ behavior, but what make Malith more special is because he is actually tracking all these leopards. He could tell you which leopard that we are looking at. He has a good eyes too, he could spot the leopard behind the trees and bushes, and I was like “he? what? where?”. He was super patience with me and my brother (thank you Malith).
I think Malith took us everywhere in the park. There’re times when we did not meet anybody else (which is so great). He took us to a great spot for our snack break (I love that spot).
Second day, we visited Udawalawe National Park for half day (for the elephant). Unfortunately, Malith was not our guide, but we had a great time too. The guides were super super patience with me. I was so excited to see the elephants so close, and the guides decided to stay in one spot for a while and let me took 1,000 pics of the elephants. Most of the time, we’re the first to reach one spot and the last to leave.
In summary, Yala Wild Safaris made my first safari an incredible experience for sure. Their service is beyond expectations. I think all people must understand that: in safari there is no guarantee that you will see the wildlife that you wanted to see. It is wildlife after all. But we're lucky enough to see the leopard, elephants, Sri Lanka national bird (junglefowl), green bee-eater, a lot of peacocks, the grey langur, and so so much more.
Btw, Malith will bring his own DSLR camera and he will share his pics of the leopard with you. OK, which other operators will do that for you?
Thank you Malith and team for the incredible experience.
07 Aug 2019
We had a brilliant afternoon safari to Bundala National Park with Yala Wild Safaris. Our driver Chula was incredibly knowledgable about all the wildlife and could name every bird species that we saw - and there were many! The scenery was beautiful, the place was heaving with birds and we also saw a wide range of other wildlife including crocodiles, buffalo, tortoises, hates, elephants, sea turtles and monkeys. One of the highlights was seeing a fish eagle catch a fish then fly down onto the track, landing about two metres behind our safari truck!
It was a very quiet park which was great, we only saw one or two other trucks on our trip.
An amazing experience.
emilyjb1973, United Kingdom
22 Apr 2019
We had a great day tour organised by Malith and driven by Manju . We had been on a half day tour with Manju the day before to Bundala and it was good to be with the same guide again. Manju was great guide, skilled driver and knowledgable about the wildlife . We were lucky today see 4 leopards. Manju had excellent knowledge of the park and wildlife and I feel due to his expertise and patience we saw so many animals and biirds during the day. He knew the names of all the birds and had a bird guide which was very interesting to read more details about the birds as we spotted them.
Truly a wonderful experience. Highly recommend Day Safari to Yala and half day safari to Bundala National Park.
I booked a morning half day tour of Yala and afternoon tour of Bundala. I opted for breakfast and lunch to be provided as I assumed that there would be few, if any, food places at either park. I was collected promptly by my driver and taken to Yala. There was a huge queue of jeeps waiting to enter the park, but one inside, they dispersed. I saw loads of animals, but not the elusive leopard, and had my breakfast on the beach. What I didn't realise was that there would be a few hours between the tours, so I was dropped back at my accommodation with lunch, which was home cooked Sri Lankan food and enough for 3 people! This did break up the day somewhat so I wasn't disappointed. I was collected in the afternoon and taken to Bundala. I was lucky to have a park ranger with me, who pointed out loads of birds and animals. The park itself was really interesting with different landscapes and a sand dune which we drove up to find a stunning cove behind. I was dropped back at my accommodation around 13.5 hours after my initial pick up having had a great day. The booking process was easy and all communication with Yala Wild was great.
Emma G, United Kingdom
20 Jan 2019