Leopards and Elephants and Bears, Oh My!

Family group of elephants, Yala National Park, Sri Lanka

Our Wildlife Encounters holiday is a 14-day taster itinerary that will get you up close and personal with Sri Lanka’s exotic and plentiful wildlife!

Guided jeep safaris in the island’s principal national parks (Yala, Udawalawe, Bundala and Minneriya) as well as visits to a wide variety of other habitats and locations will introduce you to Sri Lanka’s ‘Big Four’ – elephant, leopard, sloth bear and blue whale. This taster holiday brings you the very best of this environmentally diverse country, which boasts 86 species of mammals, more than 500 bird species (including 33 endemics), and a colourful array of flowering plants and trees, all contained within 21 National Parks out of 100 areas protected by the government, and surrounded by the Indian Ocean alive with schools of whales and large pods of dolphins.

The accommodation includes a forest lodge, ex-government rest house, mock colonial villa, rustic glamping riverside camp, eco-boutique hotel and beachside villa.

Remember that all of our holidays to Sri Lanka and Maldives are truly tailor made with no set dates, accommodation, duration, routes or visits, so each holiday is unique and specially created to your very own interests and requirements.

Take a look below at the outline itinerary as an inspiration for creating your own wildlife encounter in Sri Lanka!

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“The safaris were great. Loved them. I saw about 150 species of birds, which is not bad at all as out of season and we were lucky to see Leopard and Sloth Bear at Yala. We particularly enjoyed the jeep safaris.”

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