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3-Hour Safari

By Tharanga's Udawalawe Safari

Overview

Less than 1 day
Private trip
This option is a 3hr game drive in Udawalawe National Park with an experienced safari guide and is perfect for those who have arranged their accommodation separately. You will see a variety of its wild animals and many kinds of birds, and of course the famous Asian Elephants! The morning safari takes place from 5am to 8am and the evening safari from 3pm to 6pm. Please let us know which option you prefer.
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What's included

US$ 27.50 4,999.46 LKR per group (max group size of 6)
  • Safari Jeep
  • Experienced Driver
  • National Park Fees
  • Food
  • Insurance
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Transport

Pick-up
04:30AM
Udwalawe Area Hotels
Drop-off
08:30AM
Udwalawe Area Hotels
Other Notes

Exact pick up time will be confirmed the day before the trip.

Availability

Trips available daily
Feb 29
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Mar 01
Sunday
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Mar 02
Monday
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Mar 03
Tuesday
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Mar 04
Wednesday
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Mar 05
Thursday
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Bookings should be made at least 1 day 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: Udawalawe National Park

Elephants

  • 04.30 AM Pick up from the hotel
  • 05.45 AM: We’ll enter the park and try to find Elephants, Birds, and animals.
  • 08.30 AM. Return back to the hotel.

Meet your guide

Tharanga's Udawalawe Safari

Tharanga is an independent safari driver that has worked for many of the well-known safari camp operators. He has a lot of knowledge and expertise in the Udawalawe national park from years of working with them.
5 years experience
Basic English
Community-Based
Wildlife-Safe

What others are saying

5.0 out of 12 helpful reviews
eczekiel, Switzerland
27 Apr 2019 on TripAdvisor
We booked a 7h tour in March with Yala Kings Safari. The communication via WhatsApp was straightforward and the owner was very kind and helpful (as well for information about the bus transfers). The day was great, our driver Tharanga had very fast eyes and was able to spot the animals all over. We got very lucky and could see a big Leopard, an elephant which came very close to the car, crocodiles and even few Jackals. We strongly recommend this tour operator!
Julien W
17 Mar 2019 on TripAdvisor
We did a Full Day Private Safari with Tharanga, our 27 years of experience driver. He picked us up at 4:30 at the hotel so we can be among the very first to enter the park. He was very knowledgeable of the park and the wildlife in general. His strategy was very different from all the other "young" drivers driving very fast in the park with little respect for you comfort or the wildlife. Instead he drives slowly and brings you to the less busy part of the park where you have greater chances of seeing leopards. We saw loads of crocodiles, elephants (and baby elephants), dears, monkeys, eagles and tons of birds, but the main attraction at yala is to see one of the 35 leopards. We had to wait until late in the day to see our first one, and ended up seeing 5, which according to our guide is being "very very very very very lucky". There is an enormous part of luck in seeing a leopard, and unfortunately there is no magic spot to see them, so I'd say the longer you stay in the park the more chance you have to see one. We'd definitely recommend or do it again. ps: we did a private tour which I think is a lot better as you have direct access to the guide and its explanations on the wildlife.
M4GNOLI4, Switzerland
24 Feb 2019 on TripAdvisor
Our early morning safari was a great experience. The Park with his beautiful sceneries is impressive. We saw a lot of animals and got some nice pictures. Our driver Tharanga was very good and has amazing skills in spotting animals. Also he was extremely polite, friendly and nice: We felt absolutely welcomed by him. He really loves his job and enjoys what he is doing. Also the whole process of email contact, booking, pick-up at time etc. was very well organized. We had a great day and we will definitely come back!
HayleyF, United Kingdom
24 Feb 2019 on TripAdvisor
An amazing day of safari!! Our guide Tharanga was brilliant.. with 27 years experience doing this, he has eyes like a hawk...he was brilliant at spotting animals, reptiles and birds. Lots of little facts about the wildlife and landscape. We had an amazing 10 mins with a leopard with no other trucks around, there are only around 30 in the park so it’s rare to see one and be able to witness its majesty was a true highlight. Tharangu took more obscure routes away from the others and at a slower pace definitely paid off and made for a more pleasant time without panic. Oh we also saw a whole elephant family up close too. The lunch st the beach 12-2 was a well needed reprieve from the intense sun although no tables and chairs as website suggests....but didn’t detract from a great experience.
kezadibo1, United Kingdom
23 Feb 2019 on TripAdvisor
An amazing day of safari!! Our guide Tharanga was brilliant...at first we were worried he was a slower driver than everyone else but don’t be fooled, with 27 years experience doing this, he has eyes like a hawk...slow and steady definitely wins the race (and saves your back!). We had an amazing 10 mins with a leopard with no other trucks around. Taking more obscure routes away from the others and at a slower pace definitely paid off and made for a more pleasant time without panic. Oh we also saw a whole elephant family up close and the lunch was yum too (although no tables and chairs as website suggests...or breakfast...but that was ok)

Tharanga's Udawalawe Safari Policies

Flexible cancellation policy
Cancel for free 5 days before your trip starts. Cancellations after such date will not be eligible for refunds as Tharanga's Udawalawe Safari 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
Binoculars
Casual clothing
Hat
Insect Repellent
Can you arrange transportation to/from Udawalawe National Park?

Yes sure! If you're coming from any other parts of Sri Lanka (e.g. Colombo) to Udawalawe National Park for your safari, or you need to head from Udawalawe 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.

What safari duration should I go for?

Udawalawe is a small national park so if you're lucky to spot all the wildlife quickly, you only need a three-four hour safari (which is the most popular option). However, you might see different wildlife and different behaviour in the early morning compared with late afternoon, so if you're a keen photographer or a huge wildlife lover, you may want to do a full-day safari to maximise your chances of seeing the wildlife!

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