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Special Leopard Safari Tour in Yala National Park by Malith & the team provided by Yala Wild Safaris

Special Leopard Safari Tour in Yala National Park by Malith & the team

Special Leopard Safari Tour in Yala National Park by Malith & the team
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Maximize your chance of seeing leopards in Sri Lanka’s Yala National Park with this private safari. Avoid the headaches of organizing your own game drive and return transport with a full round-trip that gets you to Yala for the prime, early-morning leopard-spotting time—before the crowds arrive. After a dedicated leopard search with your in-the-know guide, you’ll then widen your explorations to see everything from elephants and boar to crocodiles.
Know before you go
  • Duration: 7h
  • Mobile tickets accepted
  • Instant confirmation
Cancellation policy
  • For a full refund, cancel at least 24 hours in advance of the start date of the experience.
Available languages
English
Highlights
  • Look for leopard on a private Yala National Park drive, with hotel transfers
  • Beat the crowds and up sighting ops in the prime-time of early morning
  • Dedicated leopard search followed by drive to see elephants, crocs, and more
  • Entry fee and select hotel pickup and drop-off in Yala region included
Know before you go
  • Duration: 7h
  • Mobile tickets accepted
  • Instant confirmation
Available languages
English
Cancellation policy
  • For a full refund, cancel at least 24 hours in advance of the start date of the experience.
Highlights
  • Look for leopard on a private Yala National Park drive, with hotel transfers
  • Beat the crowds and up sighting ops in the prime-time of early morning
  • Dedicated leopard search followed by drive to see elephants, crocs, and more
  • Entry fee and select hotel pickup and drop-off in Yala region included
Need help booking?
Call the number below and use the product code: 100002P1
Call 0061 (87) 2285 255
Important information
Inclusions
  • National Park fees
  • Hotel pickup (selected hotels only)
  • Hotel pickup and drop-off (selected hotels only)
Exclusions
  • Food and drinks
Duration
7h
Departure details
  • Traveller pickup is offered.
  • Pickup Locations should be updated to us before the tour date.
  • Yala Safari Tour Operator - Yala Wild Safaris, Main St, Tissamaharama, Sri Lanka
  • Hotel pickup is offered. View the hotel list on our checkout page to see if yours is included among the pickup points.
Additional information
  • Confirmation will be received at time of booking
  • Not recommended for pregnant travellers
  • Not wheelchair accessible
  • Near public transportation
  • Infant seats available
  • Most travellers can participate
  • This is a private tour/activity. Only your group will participate
Inclusions
  • National Park fees
  • Hotel pickup (selected hotels only)
  • Hotel pickup and drop-off (selected hotels only)
Exclusions
  • Food and drinks
Departure details
  • Traveller pickup is offered.
  • Pickup Locations should be updated to us before the tour date.
  • Yala Safari Tour Operator - Yala Wild Safaris, Main St, Tissamaharama, Sri Lanka
  • Hotel pickup is offered. View the hotel list on our checkout page to see if yours is included among the pickup points.
Duration
7h
Return details
  • Returns to original departure point
Additional information
  • Confirmation will be received at time of booking
  • Not recommended for pregnant travellers
  • Not wheelchair accessible
  • Near public transportation
  • Infant seats available
  • Most travellers can participate
  • This is a private tour/activity. Only your group will participate
Travel safe during COVID-19
Last updated: 12 Oct. 2021
A note from Special Leopard Safari Tour in Yala National Park by Malith & the team
All the Guides are Fully Vaccinated Against COVID-19.
What you can expect during your visit
  • Face masks required for travellers in public areas
  • Hand sanitiser available to travellers and staff
  • Face masks required for guides in public areas
What you can expect during your visit
  • Face masks required for travellers in public areas
  • Hand sanitiser available to travellers and staff
  • Face masks required for guides in public areas
Itinerary
  • You'll start at
    Yala Safari Tour Operator - Yala Wild Safaris
    Or, you can also get picked up
    See Important Information for details
  • Pass by
    Yala National Park
  • You'll return to the starting point
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Daria P
4 contributions
Leopard so close to us
Aug. 2021 • Friends
We like to thank you for organizing this great experience!
Especially our driver Sakun did all he could that we finally saw a leopard even very close to our car. Also the well prepared lunch was very delicious.
Thank you for this amazing day!
Written 11 August 2021
This review is the subjective opinion of a Tripadvisor member and not of TripAdvisor LLC.

Keana K
1 contribution
Nice safari trip!
Mar. 2020 • Couples
Malith is a very friendly men who knows a lot about all the animals in the parc. We have seen a lot of animals (birds, elephant, leopard, crocodiles etc.). We would definitely recommend this trip with Malith!
Written 9 March 2020
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Janet777111
4 contributions
Special Leopard Safari Tour in Yala National Park by Malith & the team
Mar. 2020 • Couples
First class tour. Passan picked us up exactly on time and ensured we were at the park early. He was fantastic at getting us a great view of all the animals and we were lucky enough to see 5 leopards, elephants and even a glimpse of the bear with her cubs. Thank you a great trip.
Written 3 March 2020
This review is the subjective opinion of a Tripadvisor member and not of TripAdvisor LLC.

Vishnu Prasad
7 contributions
Malith the owner never lets you down
Feb. 2020 • Couples
We took their full day package along with stay. The
safari went well,l the breakfast was good and the lunch was excellent and we took 2 hr break in the afternoon for lunch. Now about the tour we saw all 3 big animals and everything went well. Would recommend Malith with my eyes closed to anyone as he loves what he is doing...
Written 27 February 2020
This review is the subjective opinion of a Tripadvisor member and not of TripAdvisor LLC.

Youri van den Hurk
Eindhoven, The Netherlands217 contributions
The truth about Yala National Park (Safari’s)
You’re looking to go on an exciting safari and see some wild leopards and elephants? 🐘🐆
Be aware of the following facts:

1. Once you get to Yala or even stay outside town, everyone is going to offer you a safari. Your tuk-tuk driver, random people on the street, the homestay’s owner, his brother, the brothers neighbor and probably even his son. Literally everyone in Sri Lanka claims to be a ‘tour guide’.
2. When you’ve chosen your so called tour (in our case ‘The Special Leopards Tour’) you once again realize that no one is actually a ranger or trained to offer a decent safari experience.
3. It all depends on luck. The safari basically takes place in the following way; you either go very early in the morning from 6am till 12pm or you go from 12pm to 6pm. So you either choose to have sunrise or sunset in the park. The so called ‘tourguide’ than drives into the park and keeps on driving up and down the roads hoping to spot an animal. When one of them finds (or think he found) an elephant or leopard, every so called ‘tour guide’ starts calling each other and all of the sudden 15 cars surround one animal, which you then obviously don’t get to see a lot of. In the end of the day you drove up and down the same roads for 6 hours while your so called ‘tour guide’ is on the phone.

A few tips before going:

The tour can still be enjoyable if you lower your expectations and don’t assume someone is going to give you an actual safari. Yala national park is still beautiful.

Try to get 6 people together and book a tour. It honestly doesn’t matter which company or which person you do it with. Everyone is doing the exact same thing. Filling up 6 seats in one jeep equals less cars in the park since they go no matter what. We’ve seen a lot of jeeps holding just one or two persons.

We found Yala Wild Safaris online and choose it based on reviews and the fact that they had a special package to spot leopards. The website looked promising and professional so you can imagine that we were quite disappointed after the tour (which was exactly the same as any other one, we did not even end up seeing a leopard). Also be aware of the fact that you have to pay online which involves a high fee and they won’t accept a cash payment.
Written 23 February 2020
This review is the subjective opinion of a Tripadvisor member and not of TripAdvisor LLC.

Phil & Elly
10 contributions
Great experience; great guy
Feb. 2020 • Couples
Did half day with Malith and it was great! Pick up at 4:45am to ensure you beat the rush (we were second vehicle in) and we knew we were in good hands. Malith is so knowledgeable and you can tell he really cares, it's more than a job. Saw a lot of animals, birds, reptiles etc...and yes a leopard with two cubs, albeit from a 100m away, but truly magical with binoculars.
Thank you Malith
Written 9 February 2020
This review is the subjective opinion of a Tripadvisor member and not of TripAdvisor LLC.

Ralu
Iasi, Romania7 contributions
Wonderful safary,unforgettable experience in Yala park
Feb. 2020 • Couples
The safary started at 4, 30 o'clock, and it's finished at 3 o'clock afternoon. Was a great day, i seen 3 leopards, birds, buffalos, crocodiles, elepfants and other wild animals.
It's was an amazing day.The private tour, included tickets park, jeep, Lunch, whater and fruits
Mr Malith,the owner and our guide and driver ,walked with us near the place where the leopards were.
Also i stayed at hotel Tissa(yala wild safary) a good place,in The Middle of Town Tissamaharama.
I recommend Yala Wild Safary for an unforgettable experience.
Written 8 February 2020
This review is the subjective opinion of a Tripadvisor member and not of TripAdvisor LLC.

tharinduwije
Sydney, Australia95 contributions
Best Leopard safari team ever!
I have been to yala 3 times before but never managed to see the elusive leopards. Finally decided to go with Menaka from wild safaris team & guess what we managed to see 4 leopards in out full day tour even though it was pouring all day! It was the most memorable experience. Thank you team highly recommended
Written 23 January 2020
This review is the subjective opinion of a Tripadvisor member and not of TripAdvisor LLC.

Grace J
Durham, NC4 contributions
BEST DAY EVER
Shehan was our driver/guide for a day long safari. He was absolutely PHENOMENAL! The first 15 minutes in the park he got a call that there was a leopard sighting and raced as fast as possible to get us up close, we were one of the first cars there and had an absolutely breathtaking experience viewing the leopard walking about!! The lunch we were provided was delicious, and the second half of the day Shehan found incredible viewing opportunities for elephants! Overall, this was one of the best days of my life, thank you Shehan for helping make our wildest safari dreams come true !!! We are forever grateful!! Would wholeheartedly recommend this safari!!!!
Written 18 January 2020
This review is the subjective opinion of a Tripadvisor member and not of TripAdvisor LLC.

xiaoxiao90
Cambridgeshire, UK30 contributions
An amazing experience
Jan. 2020 • Friends
We booked a full day safari in Yala national park after visiting the Yala Wild Safari website and reading all the positive reviews on TripAdvisor and Booking.com. It was really easy to contact Malith the owner to ask for a quote and eventually we also booked 2 nights stay in his Hotel. Communication was great, we arrived in Tissa hours earlier than expected but was created by Malith and his wife who gave us a refreshing cold drink (much needed after being on a hot bus for hours). Our accommodation was simple but clean and had the necessities that worked really well (air con, mosquito net and WiFi). We left at 4am the next day and we were one of the first trucks to enter the park. After 10mins of driving we saw our first leopard resting on a rock! We were lucky enough to see another leopard during the day, elephants, crocodiles, jacket, spotted deers, sambar deer, monkeys, mongoose, peacocks, wild boar, wild buffalo and many species of colourful birds. We were really glad we had Malith as our guide and we echo what the other positive reviews say. He was a great driver, you can tell he loves what he does and you can tell that the other safari guides really respect his judgement. Overall a long but worthwhile day that has really enhanced our experience of Sri Lanka.
Written 17 January 2020
This review is the subjective opinion of a Tripadvisor member and not of TripAdvisor LLC.

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By: Yala Wild Safaris
priyankarajasingham
priyankarajasingham
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Informative
A wonderful experience to be with knowledgable guides who were able to give a lot of information on the animals. A
nathan10584
nathan10584
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They're open with tours of Yala running ☺️
The host was exceptional. Very professional and service with a smile. He organised everything and made our stay ver
paulanderson27
paulanderson27
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Cheaters
I have contacted them for a safari jeep and they said they will arrange them for us. I took severals phone call and
Harsha B
Harsha B
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Buduruwagala
visited sometime ago. very nice place calm & quiet with nice breeze. may spend some time with family .
roshinii2020
roshinii2020
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Awesome
Recommend entrance from katagamuwa as its less crowded. Driver was great and malith was very accommadative for our
kasun219
kasun219
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amazing tour. saw 3 leopards
we went with manju. he was very knowledgeable and keen to show us animals much as possible specially leopards
kjkaco
kjkaco
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Full day personal tour. Kind, knowledgeable, respectful tour guide. Goes above and beyond. Cares deeply for wildlife.
My husband and I wanted to experience local wildlife in a way that wasn't harmful to it while on honeymoon. Through
Moumita P
Moumita P
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Yala Morning Safari
The safari was a really good experience. Menaka who drove us made sure we left as early as 4.30 in order to get in
0Laurence0
0Laurence0
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Superb tour guidance with amazing park knowledge!!
Safari in Sri Lanka is a must do thing, with one of the worlds best leopard spotting locations why would you go all
_Adonaya_
_Adonaya_
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Yala Nathional Park experience
We decided to wake up really early and be there at 06.30, it was an awesome experience, on the fieras sight we coul
MarcelMarcelMa
MarcelMarcelMa
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Yala National Park Morning Safari
Very great safari tour. We were the second car in the park and our driver always tried to find places where there w
Sara B
Sara B
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Full day Tour Yala Safari - sunset/sunrise.
Sawan was our amazing guide! He was very experienced and he managed to find all the perfect spots for us to find th
Charlotte D
Charlotte D
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All out for the leopards
Thanks to our guide Sawan for always meeting our interests and continuously pursuing leopards on the second day aft
anjiegogna
anjiegogna
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Had an overall good time at the Wildlife Safari
We booked a morning half day tour for Yala Wildlife Safari. Overall the experience was good. We did not book a priv
martincI4305YF
martincI4305YF
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Great half-day tour of Yala
We had a great time in Yala Nation park. Our guide was really good. He knows the park and were to find animals. We
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