Yala National Park: Private Safari at Golden Hours

4.5 / 5

51 reviews

Activity provider: Shehan Safari Jeep Tours

Yala National Park: Private Safari at Golden Hours

Activity provider: Shehan Safari Jeep Tours

From US$ 32.93 per person

Experience the spirit of Yala National Park on safari to spot leopards, elephants, sloth bears, and more. Explore this beautiful landscape and see incredible animals in their natural habitat.

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Duration 3 hours
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Live tour guide
Pickup included
Free pickup and drop-off at Yala, Kirinda, Palatupana, Tissamaharama, Kataragama, Weerawila and Hambantota area hotels.


  • Experience a thrill to spot the wildlife of Yala National Park on a guided tour
  • See the leopards, elephants, and sloth bears n their natural habitat
  • Enjoy the golden hours of the day to capture stunning images of the animals
  • Listen to facts about the animals and area from your expert guide
  • Explore the greenery of the light forests, scrubs, grasslands, and more
Full description
After being picked up from your hotel in the local area or Park Entrance you will enter Yala National Park to explore the light forests, scrubs, grasslands, lagoons, and magnificent range of animals. With your private 4WD Jeep and expert guide, the ‘Golden Hours’ of the day will be used to focus on leopard spotting, either the first 2 hours or the last 2 hours of the day. Throughout this safari, you will search for the world’s most concentrated number of leopards, sloth bears, and elephants, as your knowledgable guide and driver expertly navigates the vast area and roads. The morning tour will begin at 5am from your hotel, to take in sunrise as the park opens at 6am. Whilst the afternoon option allows you to explore from 2pm until sunset when the park closes at 6pm. Situated on Sri Lanka’s south-east, hugging the panoramic Indian Ocean, Yala is a wildlife sanctuary and home to 44 varieties of mammals and 215 bird species. Leopards, elephants, water buffalo, sloth bears, sambars, jackals, spotted deer, peacocks, and crocodiles can all be found in this rich environment.
  • Hotel pickup from the Yala area, including Kirinda, Palatupana, Tissamaharama, Weerawila, and Kataragama
  • Transportation in a Safari Jeep (maximum of 6 passengers per jeep)
  • Pickup is available from any hotel outside above areas for an additional charge
  • Park entrance fee
  • Food and drinks
Not suitable for
  • Pregnant women

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Important information

Know before you go

  • Please inform the supplier of your hotel pickup details from Tissamaharama, Kataragama, or Yala Area:
  • Tissamaharama Area - Morning Tour - 4.45 AM - 5AM; Afternoon Tour - 2.00PM
  • Kataragama/Yala Area/Hambantota - Morning 5AM; Afternoon Tour- 2.00PM
  • Wear light, cotton clothes such as T-shirts,shorts/trousers which will help you be comfortable whilst traveling in the park. It is best to wear dark coloured clothing that blends in with the environment. Bringing a hat and sun protection is recommended
Customer reviews

Overall rating

4.5 /5

based on 51 reviews

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Muthu was an excellent driver! He helped us see almost every animal in Yala National Park! We saw leopards, elephants, water buffalo's, crockodiles, deers, monkeys and lots more! He did everything possible to make our 3 hour afternoon safari the best ever!

April 2, 2023

I thoroughly enjoyed our three hour morning safari of Yala. Our guide was friendly, always smiling and informative. I would recommend this company, as other Safari jeeps were leaving the park our driver decided to take us to a watering hole where a family of seven elephants wondered in and began drinking and playing. A magical moment.

April 2, 2023

Nuwan was an excellent driver and guide. He was very knowledgeable about where to find the wildlife including the leopard. He also stuck to the lesser tracks rather than the main straight roads that run through the park that are far less scenic. Much better than the tour we had the previous day that we’d organised through our high-end hotel (which was also more expensive). Recommend morning over afternoon tour although you do see different wildlife and activity depending on time of day.

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April 2, 2023

Product ID: 206493