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Private Morning Safari (w/ pick up from Sigiriya or Habarana)

By Minneriya Tusker Safari

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You're an early bird, ready to explore the safari with all its inhabitants coming out for their morning walk. Spot birds, monkeys and even deers on this bumpy adventure!


Less than 1 day
Private trip
This 3 hours safari gives you a chance to see mostly Birds, other animals. View the famous elephants as they graze on the grasses growing on the tank bed. One can spot about 20% of the elephants seen during the evening safari. The entrance fee of the national park is not included in this option.

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Trip Inclusions

US$ 28 5,084.79 LKR per group (max group size of 12)
  • Private Safari Jeep
  • Professional Safari Game Driver
  • Jeep & Driver Entrance Fee
  • Hotel Pickup & Drop off (Sigiriya, Habarana or Minneriya Area)
  • Entrance Fee (18 US$ per person + Tax)
  • Park Service Fee + Park VAT Tax
  • Food and Drink
  • Additional pickup & drop off charges may apply for Hotels in the area of:
  • Dambulla
  • Polonnaruwa
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Guest's Accommodation
Guest's Accommodation
Other Notes

For a better experience, it is recommended to enter the park early morning before other many jeeps arrive. Hotel pickups commence approximately 15 – 30 minutes prior to the start time of the safari. Kindly contact us to verify your exact pick up time.


Trips available daily
Feb 22
Feb 23
Feb 24
Feb 25
Feb 26
Feb 27
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: Hotel - Minneriya National Park - Hotel
Hotel - Minneriya National Park - Hotel

See mostly Birds like Peacock, Eagle, Pelicans, Parrots, Crane, Parakeet, Owl, Hornbill & etc. Also other animals like Deers, Wild Rabbits, wild boar, grey langers, purple-faced leaf monk, Fox & water buffaloes. View the famous elephants as they graze on the grasses growing on the tank bed. Can see about 20% of Elephants than Evening tour.

  • 05.30 am: Pick-Up from your hotel or Main Entrance of Minneriya National Park or Habarana Junction.
  • 06.00 am: Begin your game drive at Minneriya National Park.
  • 09.00 am: Finishing time of your Safari.

Meet your guide

Minneriya Tusker Safari

Roshan is a very friendly, calm, informative and a safe driver. He is well informed about the wildlife endemic to the region and has an eye for detail when he drives through the bushes. He is in no haste, and ensures to show you as many animals and birds as possible on your safari. He has a sense of responsibility towards the environment and respect for wildlife.
9 years experience
Fluent English

What others are saying

4.1 out of 30 helpful reviews
connie1995, United Kingdom
07 Dec 2019 on TripAdvisor
This was an amazing experience, we got very lucky with the weather and in the middle of a monsoon got a few hours of sunshine. You get so close to the elephants it's unbelievable and they don't seem bothered at all, they continue grazing at their own pace even with the little ones around mum. Most of my photos are on my camera so excuse the selfie! The guides are really knowledgeable about the wildlife and stop, wait until you have your photo and then drive on again. Be careful when you go up the watch tower as there are some snakes chilling up there but their only small and didn't even move when we went up
05 Oct 2019 on TripAdvisor
Although it rained while we were on this excursion it was still a fabulous experience. We saw heaps of elephants and were given plenty of time to watch and photograph them. Open keeps were great...until the rain came, our drive put the cover over quickly - although we got wet we still thoroughly enjoyed it.
27 Sep 2019 on TripAdvisor
Roshan is an excellent driver and safari guide. He ensured that we saw as many animals as possible on our safari. He was ethical and respectful when seeing the animals, stopping at a distance. We had a great time. We also had him take us to Ritigala and Polonnaruwa. Highly recommended.
bellajune, Australia
10 Aug 2019 on TripAdvisor
Amazing tour, excellent driver and tour guide who had amazing sight into picking out the birds, lizards, golden jackal, crocodile, deer, monkeys giant squirrel and of course the wonderful elephants who walked between the cars. Very informative re the flora, highly recommend this tour, once in a life time exoerience.
Samsam802, United Kingdom
10 Apr 2019 on TripAdvisor
We did the elephant safari and enjoyed it immensely there where lots of elephants and monkeys, it was very rough terrain in places so beware if you have back problems. The trip was probably 3 hours and maybe a little to long in the afternoon sun with no toilet breaks . All in all very good

Other Things to Know

Cancellation and Exchange Policy
While we understand that plans change, we also have to be fair to each supplier, who needs time to prepare logistics for your trip such as manpower, food, permits, and more.
Flexible cancellation policy
As Minneriya Tusker Safari pays for your trip’s logistics in advance, full refunds will only be for trips cancelled 5 days before your trip starts.
Flexible Date Policy
You may also change your trip date once up to 3 days before your trip starts. Any date change are subject to availability.
Packing list for the trip
Cap /Hat
Drinking water
Light cool clothing

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