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Private Morning Safari

By Lakpura LLC

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You're all about that instagram post! Catch the animals in their natural habitat as our experienced guide drives you to all the right spots to get that glamorous selfie!

Overview

Less than 1 day
Private trip
In the 3 hours safari expect to witness the Asia’s largest gathering of mighty elephants. During the morning you can expect to see only a fraction of the elephants that you can during the evening. But you can enjoy the flicker of monkeys swinging through the branches and search the forest for the sights of majestic elephants, leopards, sloth bear, mongoose, spotted deer, sambar deer, wild buffalo, porcupine and Indian pangolin.

Trip Highlights

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Trip Inclusions

From US$ 39 7,081.91 LKR per person
  • Private Safari Jeep
  • Professional Safari Game Driver
  • Entrance Fee
  • Jeep & Driver Entrance Fee
  • Park Service Fee + Park VAT Tax
  • Hotel Pickup & Drop off within the radius of 5 Km from the park gate
  • Food and Drink
  • Additional pickup & drop off charges may apply for the areas outside of Inclusions.
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Transport

Pick-up
05:30AM
Any location within the radius of 5 km from the park gate.
Drop-off
09:15AM
Any location within the radius of 5 km from the park gate.
Other Notes

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

Availability

Trips available daily
Feb 22
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Feb 26
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Feb 27
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Bookings should be made at least 3 days in advance. View the full calendar to request other dates.

Itinerary

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

Search for the small creatures of the park during the morning hours.

  • 05.30 am: Pick-Up from Main Entrance of Minneriya National Park or any area within 5 Km radius to the park gate
  • 06.00 am: Begin your game drive at Minneriya National Park.
  • 09.00 am: Finishing time of your Safari
  • 09.30 am: Drop off

Meet your guide

Lakpura LLC

Lakpura Travels (Pvt) Ltd is a Sri Lankan tour operator that had been creating great Sri Lanka vacations and amazing Sri Lanka holidays for over 11 years with rave reviews & testimonials from hundreds of clients. Registered in 2008, Lakpura has been in operation ever since and has been accredited by the Tourism Development Authority of Sri Lanka.
12 years experience
Fluent English
Community-Based
Litter-Free
Wildlife-Safe

What others are saying

4.9 out of 11 helpful reviews
Seevali D, Sri Lanka
13 Aug 2019 on TripAdvisor
I booked a safari through TripAdvisor to visit Minneriya national Park through the tour operator 'Lakpura LLC'. I had mistakenly booked the safari for 20th August 2019 instead of 20th July 2019. I did not realise this mistake until I phoned Mr Nalinda from Lakpura LLC on the 19th July. It was he who pointed out my error and graciously rearranged the safari for 20th July. He also suggested that we travel to Kaudulla instead of Minneriya as the elephants were there. I greatly appreciated his helpfulness, professionalism and the three courteous telephone conversations. He informed me that the safari jeep driver Asela would pick us up at 1430 near our hotel 'Sorowwa Resort & Spa'. On the 20th July 2019, we were promptly picked up by Asela from our hotel and driven to Kaudulla. The jeep was a six seater four wheel drive with comfortable seating. As we got on to the jeep he handed over a cold bottle of water to each of us. On arrival at Kaudulla park, Asela went to the park offices and purchased our tickets. (Note - the park fees not included in the safari costs). Asela continued to chat with us all along this adventure giving us tips on how to maximise our experience. He took us to spots where elephant mums, youngsters, kids and babies were frolicking in the water, enjoying their grassy meal and simply walking about completely unconcerned with the many human visitors in at least 100 safari jeeps. Asela stopped his vehicle at spots where the light was optimum for photography. I also greatly appreciated his turning off the engine to minimise camera shake during photography!! It was not a sunny day - but partially overcast. I take this opportunity to thank Lakpura LLC and Asela for providing us a memorable afternoon to observe large groups of elephants at close range, in their natural habitat, numbering over a hundred.
blondeatw, Romania
09 Aug 2018 on TripAdvisor
I totally recommend Lakpura if you want the best elephant safari experience in Sri Lanka. We chose Minneriya National Park for the afternoon safari and we had an amazing time being so close to the elephants! Totally worth it!
eee295
06 Aug 2018 on TripAdvisor
Used Lakpura to book an elephant safari whilst staying in Sigiriya. They were very helpful as we realised we booked twice. Very quickly refunded the money. We initially booked for Minneriya National Park at 6am, but as advised by the company we changed the booking to Kaudulla National Park in the afternoon. Our pick up was on time and driver was excellent. We saw more than a hundred elephants. The driver stopped to point out different birds and animals. Laleesha was our point of contact throughout the emails and was excellent.
Rsi15
03 May 2018 on TripAdvisor
We booked to go to Minneriya National park but got an e-mail the day before to say all the elephants had moved to Kuadulla. They changed our tour and arranged to pick us up. The driver was excellent - providing us with binoculars and excellent commentary. The driver was brilliant at spotting animals. We saw hundreds of elephants and I feel he kept a fair distance from the elephants and when an elephant came close he moved away and always stopped at a reasonable distance. I would definitely recommend this company - I even received a small refund because of the change of tour which I was not expecting.
psureshbabu1975, Singapore
30 Sep 2017 on TripAdvisor
I wrote to 6 Tour Companies in Sri Lanka before planning our family Tour and selected Lakpura Travels because of the exceptional customer service of their Tour Coordinator, Malsiri Peiris. Only Malsiri managed to offer an itinerary best suited for our Group consisting 4 different age groups. His initial conversation with me was enough to select him from the rest, He was easy to work with, highly committed and knowledgeable when planning. I had so much confidence in him and confirmed the Tailor made Family Tour he offered, our 1st to Sri Lanka. During the Tour, Malsiri was in contact with his Driver, with me, with Hotels booked, to ensure a flawless Tour. I decided to change my plans suddenly at the very end. Although it was during the Peak Season, without grumbling, he managed to get us a similar Hotel in Colombo which was not a destination in our Itinerary. I learnt that Malsiri always looks after his Clients well. I have travelled before to several countries, but never have I come across a Tour Coordinator so unique like Malsiri Peiris who was so passionate, understands his Customer needs, trustworthy and friendly. We were given a very safe and a friendly Driver called Lal. Lal was more than a Driver to all of us specially to our small kids who enjoyed his company throughout . Lal was never late, so we didn’t have to rush and didn’t miss anything, everything was organized by Malsiri giving enough time for our group to enjoy in our own space. In spite of his limited knowledge, Lal managed to show us useful things we didn’t know before. We visited Sigiriya, Minneriya to see Elephants in the wild on a private Jeep Safari, Polonnaruwa, Dambulla, Kandy, Peradeniya, Nuwara Eliya. Also some visits to a Spice Garden, Gem Crafting and Woodcarvings. For those who are planning to visit Sri Lanka… I shall recommend Malsiri Peiris, probably the most committed Tour Coordinator you could find and his safe Driver Lal.

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.
Strict Cancellation Policy
As Lakpura LLC pays for your trip’s logistics in advance, you can only cancel for free within 24 hours of your booking, provided that this is at least 2 weeks 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
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Cap /Hat
Drinking water
Light cool clothing
sunscreen

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