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Accommodation and Safaris at Yala National Park Sri Lanka

The Yala National Park is easily one of the most visited national parks in Sri Lanka. This is due to the extreme prevalence of Sri Lankan Leopards that call it home. The population density is as high as one leopard per square kilometre in Block 1.

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Finding right accommodation in Yala National Park Sri Lanka

Every wildlife safari in Sri Lanka will have the same objective; to see the most of what the Park has to offer in the shortest amount of time. Mahoora tented safari camps provide an experience that will give you just that. With Mahoora, you will have the option of setting up base on the borders of the Yala National Park itself, cutting down significantly on your travel time. Tented safari camping is widely popular as a choice for accommodation around Yala, and it is definitely an experience worth trying. For more information, visit our accommodation page. However if you do choose accommodation outside the park like a hotel, we can arrange for that as well.

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Getting the most out of your Yala National Park Safari

One of the most important aspects of a Yala National Park safari is having the right kind of guide. Though wildlife is abundant, animals like the Sri Lankan Sloth Bear, Sri Lankan Leopard and other big game require the skills of an experienced naturalist guide who knows about the movements of game throughout the Park at certain times, a facility which Mahoora can easily provide. Jeeps are usually the way to go on safaris, and we at Mahoora have excellent vehicles which can easily navigate the varied terrain that the Yala National Park is known for. You may want to hang on to your hats though, Yala definitely has areas which provide for some off roading situations, for which suitable safari jeeps are a must.

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The Wildlife at the Yala National Park

The Yala National Park is among the oldest and best known of Sri Lanka's 15 National Parks. It covers approximately 1,300 square kilometres and is home to a range of ecosystems found nowhere else in Sri Lanka. With vegetation including moist and dry monsoon forests, thorn forest, savannah grasslands and fresh and saltwater wetlands, it comes as no surprise that the Yala National Park has the perfect habitats for the large number of endemic plant and animal species unique to the country, thus making it one of the chosen wildlife safari destinations that features on everyone’s tour itineraries. There are 44 species of recorded mammals in this National Park, which include the Sri Lankan Leopard, Sri Lankan Sloth Bear and Sri Lankan Elephant, 215 species of birds, 46 species of reptiles and 21 species of amphibians.
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Leopards Safari Yala National Park

Yala West, often referred to as the Ruhuna National Park, is well recognized as one of the best locations in the world to observe and photograph leopards in the wild. It has been confirmed that the Yala National Park has the highest density of leopards to be found anywhere in the world and is as much as one leopard per square kilometer. Though the prevalence of the Sri Lankan leopard population is high (300-350 leopards in total, of which 30-50 roam around Block I), it still takes a well trained eye to observe these elusive big cats in action, as well as to know when and where to look for one - and that is where the experienced guides at Mahoora come in.

Sri Lankan leopards are a distinct sub-species from their Indian neighbors, and are the largest leopards in Asia. The best times for observing these impressive animals is early in the morning and then again at dusk. This is when the Mahoora Safari Adventures take place, although it is possible for visitors to make a full day safari. With Mahoora tented safari camps, visitors can stay until just after dark inside the park, thus maximizing the chances of a leopard encounter. The male leopards display a sleek confidence and are often seen walking the tracks during the day. Young male leopards in particular seem to have no fear of the jeeps and this has led to some excellent photographic opportunities. There are similarities between the Yala National Park and the best National Parks in India for photographing tigers, where in both cases the big cats have become used to the jeeps, thus enabling guests an up-close and privileged view of these magnificent creatures. All in all, an encounter with a leopard is a highlight in any Sri Lankan wildlife safari, and one that will not easily be forgotten.

 

Clients Comments

Safaris in Yala are a must. The range and quantity of wildlife is amazing. Yes we were fortunate and saw the elusive leopard the region is famous for...
TIP: afternoon 3 - 6 PM safari offers the best opportunity to see the greatest quantity of wild life. Leopards don't like wet feet, so will be difficult to see if it is very wet.
Staff: camp staff excellent service. Naturalists / Guides are loaded with info, but you need to ask intelligent questions to get quality answers and value for money.

Wally S
Stayed November 2013

The location and experience are unforgettable! Couldn't ask for better service or staff . I would tell anybody to use mahoora well worth the money! We loved it best part of our holiday to srilanka.

Heather Young couple -  Wolverhampton, United Kingdom
08/11/2013

Luxury camping in the wild catering to our every need & desires. Even better than our expectations. This tops Africa. The service was excellent ,the staff was knowledgeable & friendly. The Night Safari Rocked..!!  

Carrie Lane – USA
02/10/2013

We did a 3 day 2 night safari and got to see everything we hoped for on our gene drives - including 3 leopards!! The safari was personal for us and the guides really knowledgeable about all the wildlife and national park.
The campsite was lovely with very comfortable tents and amazing food. The service was also very attentive - sometimes too much so! There was plenty of time to relax between drives and we enjoyed lots of local cuisine during our stay at the camp.

Cbelles – United Kingdom
28/08/2013

Mahoora has given an excellent opportunity for those coming from cities. We are highly impressed with our naturalist saranga, who has excellent knowledge which he shared openly. He made our stay very comfortable and memorable. He helped us not only during the safari but also helped us to communicate on our other needs. We really appreciate that.

Ashesh Desai – India
08/08/2013

Thanks for the hospitality. We had a lovely time here.

Van der Knaap – Netherlands
18/07/2013

More than we expected. Range of animal and more Luxury. We were very impressed...!!!

Claire Sutherland - England
12/07/2013

A wonderful overnight experience of the family.

Lucy Addano – Australia
11/07/2013
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