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Review of Yala National Park

Yala National Park
Ranked #178 of 879 things to do in Sri Lanka
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Recommended length of visit: More than 3 hours
Reviewed 6 April 2018 via mobile

This is an interesting place, especially if you haven’t been on a safari before.It reminded me of a safari in Krüger NP ,South Africa but people who have been to Kenya and Tanzania will probably be dissapointed.
Be aware that a full day safari will have a long lunch break of 2 hours by the beach and this is the only place to use a toilet while on safari! Ask your tour agent if they bring tables, chairs or blankets to use during the break. Our expensive tour agency didn’t so we had to either stand up, sit on a log or in the van.

Date of experience: March 2018
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Reviewed 6 April 2018 via mobile

We saw countless buffalos bores and birds. Some highlights include reindeers and elephants. One elephant crossed the road next to our car, so close that I can touch its face! Also saw a crocodile opening its mouth staying on the bank. We did see a leopard. But because it’s too far we can only see the tail clearly.

The park is next to beach. It’s beautiful when you put the animals and waters in the same picture. Safari is about five hours, make sure you apply enough sun screen and be prepared for the bumpy road.

Date of experience: April 2018
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Reviewed 5 April 2018 via mobile

We added the Yala extension to our trip and took two game drives. The early morning trip was slow to start and we travelled a long way into the park before we saw anything, but it was a success, we saw a variety of animals and birds, even a fleeting glimpse of the ever elusive leopard! Much of the time was spent being shaken to pieces at 20kph and the apparent searching for leopards coinciding with photo spots!
The afternoon trip was a waste of time and felt rushed from the outset, the only saving grace was a herd of elephants and their young grazing in the trees and we were very fortunate to witness this all alone with no other jeeps jostling for position. There are many other national parks offering better tours and I would advise you explore those before spending money on this procession of jeeps. Not advisable for the very young or elderly due to road conditions.

Date of experience: April 2018
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Reviewed 5 April 2018 via mobile

Visited Yala National Park yesterday afternoon with the hope of seeing the famous leopard & sloth bear.

The park is was way too busy, with so many jeeps all chasing and overtaking each other, loads of noise coming from the jeeps’ constantly running engines and rattling metal, and a bad smell of diesel fumes.

Our “safari” lasted for around 3 hours - which meant 3 hours of non stop driving through the park; only stopping for a few brief moments to see some birds, buffalo and wild boar.

When one group supposedly spotted a leopard, all other jeeps suddenly converged on the same area, trying to get the best view point, all with the jeep engines running making a ridiculous amount of noise - result: scare the leopard away and nobody sees anything.

I honestly don’t know how they expect to see wildlife in this way! The guides/jeep drivers should be sent on an educational trip to Africa to see how a safari is really done.

Don’t go on this tourist trap excursion, especially if you have all ready been to Africa to avoid disappointment. I have more pictures of jeeps that blocked my view when trying to photograph wildlife than of the wildlife itself. Spend your time and money elsewhere.

Date of experience: April 2018
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Reviewed 5 April 2018 via mobile

We did an early morning safari, pick up at 5am. Lots of driving as the park is huge. We were very lucky to see two different leopard families both with young.

Jeep drivers are in communication constantly so there are lots of hero’s jostling for position to get the best view. Not very good for the animals and very noisy.

Saw lots of water buffalo, deer, peacocks, birds and a small herd of elephants.

We did a safari at Udawalele Park in Sri Lanka a couple of years ago and saw more, especially elephants.

Date of experience: April 2018
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