Leopards - Sri Lanka 2019
Leopards - Sri Lanka 2019
Yala National Park or Ruhuna National Park is the second largest and most visited national park in Sri Lanka. Yala is situated in the southeast region of the country, Yala lies at the edge of Southern Province and at the begining of Eastern province. Yala park covers 979 square kilometres (378 sq mi) and is about 300 kilometres (190 mi) from Colombo. Originally Yala had been designated as a wildlife sanctuary in 1900, and, along with Wilpattu it was one of the first two national parks in Sri Lanka, having been designated in 1938.
The park is best known for its variety of wild animals. Most notably many elephants and Leopards. Yala has been the centre stage for many Wildlife documentaries produced by popular TV networks. Yala boasts the highest population of Leopards in the world. In addition to Leopards and Elephants Yala is the home for three varieties of Monkeys, Deer, Sloth Bear, Wild Boar, Mongoos in additiion to many bird varieties.
The park is situated in the dry semi-arid climatic region and rain is received mainly during the northeast monsoon. The national park hosts a variety of ecosystems ranging from moist monsoon forests to freshwater and marine wetlands. The best time to visit Yala is from February to September. June, July and August are the peak months in terms of animal spotting when the drought hits its peak and many animals can be seen near lakes as they come to quench their thirst.
From mid October to Mid January is the rainy period in Yala but that too is a beauty when the lakes filled with water and the whole park become vibrant green.
This tour is designed to take yo to the ehart of the Leopards world and see these animals in the wild and be able to capture that with your camera. This will be an amazing adventure and I hope you can join me.
Our accommodation throughout the journey is clean, comfortable and has great access to the wildlife - they are some of the best lodges in each area. All will have electricity for charging batteries, ensuite bathrooms with hot water,and a daily laundry services.
Group size: 6 people, plus local naturalist guide
You will need to provide your own photographic equipment; lenses ranging from a wide-angle right up to a 500mm will be perfect, ideally with two camera bodies, however, this is not essential. A tripod⁄Monopod would be ideal but a lot of the wildlife here will be close at times. Also protection for your camera equipment from the dust and sand is very important. We also recommend good walking shoes ⁄ boots and waterproof trousers
Sir Lanka’s weather will be hot during the time of this trip. So warm, lose fitting, light coloured clothing is ideal, at night the temperature can drop a little so pack a few warm tops etc, walking trousers where you can turn them into shorts are perfect, a hat is a must have and a good mosquito spray too
Basic Itinerary - May 2019
01. London/fly to Colombo. Overnight in aeroplane.
02. Colombo/Yala. We reach Colombo in morning and drive (3.5 hrs) and reach Yala National Park to stay at a lodge at its periphery. Jeep safari in the afternoon. Overnight.
03.04 Yala. We will have jeep safaris in Yala to locate the agenda species – Leopard, Elephant, Deer and birds. Overnight.
05. Yala/Uda Walave. Drive (3 hrs) and reach Uda. Afternoon safari in the Park to photograph Elephants, other mammals and birds. Overnight.
06. Uda. Safari as above in open jeep.
07. Uda/Colombo. Drive (3.5 hrs) and reach Colombo in evening. Overnight at hotel near international airport.
08. Colombo/fly to London. Transfer to airport to board flight back home. Farewell.
Price - £2800 PP on a shared basis. Single supplement is available at a cost of £300
[a] All transport (a/c mini cab).
[b] All permits.
[c] Jeep (only 02 persons in a jeep, with 01 guide and a driver).
[d] Still camera fee is included.
[e] Twin Room, en-suite facilities.
[f] Food (B,L,D).
[g] Welcome pack
[i] Photography & Guiding Assistance throughout.
International airfare, Visa fee, Airport tax. Video camera fee. Any expense not covered under the section, ‘Price includes.’
Dates 1st May 2019 - 8th May 2019
Deposit is £1000 with the remaining balance due 60 days before departure