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This guided tour is a superb introduction to Sri Lanka’s incredible wildlife and beautiful scenery. Great value for money, the safari is also a real treat for animal enthusiasts with the chance to see elephants, sambhur, bear monkeys and even

the elusive leopard.

It doesn’t get much better than this. Taking in a multitude of National Parks and a biosphere reserve, you can also add a beach extension on at the end.

• For guests over the age of 16

• A maximum of 14 passengers

• This tour will only operate with a minimum number of participants,

• For departures on other days, an extra night at Mount Lavinia or Negombo may be required.

• A mix of 3 and 4 Star hand-picked hotels

• International flights and transfers

• A local tour guide

• A welcome dinner

• Entrance fees

• Meals as indicated

Fortnightly on a Friday

Upgrade Upgrade to a private tour with local guide on the same itinerary departing on the day of your choice from £285 per person


• 2 jeep safaris in Yala

• 2 trips into Sinharaja Rainforest

• Elephant Transit Home

• High Tea in Nuwara Eliya

• Turtle Hatchery

• Jeep safari in Udawalawe

• Jeep safari in Bundala

• Horton Plains trek


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Day 1: Mount Lavinia

On arrival transfer to Mount Lavinia and enjoy a group dinner hosted by your tour guide. If your flight gets in earlier in the day, you could get a tuk tuk into Colombo or Negombo to do some shopping. Stay: Mount Lavinia (dinner included).

Day 2: Mount Lavinia to Nuwara Eliya

After breakfast, drive through stunning scenery to Nuwara Eliya, set 6000 feet above sea level and filled with tea plantations and lush rolling hills. Stop off for lunch at Kitulgala where the ‘Bridge on the River Kwai’ was filmed. Enjoya brief stop at St. Clair’s and Devon waterfalls before arriving in beautiful Nuwara Eliya where you will stay for two nights. This afternoon you’ll enjoy a city tour of Nuwara Eliya. Stay: St Andrew’s (breakfast, lunch and dinner included).

Day 3: Nuwara Eliya

After an early departure you’ll arrive at Horton Plains with a picnic breakfast. The plains are undoubtedly one of Sri Lanka’s best eco-tourism venues and nature reserves characterised by rolling hills, montain forest and grasslands. It is home to an array of wildlife and is ideal for bird watchers with over 87 species, 14 of which are endemic. In the park you’ll enjoy a guided walk up to ‘World’s End’ to admire the beautiful views and may spot deer, elk, giant squirrel or perhaps a leopard. Enjoy an afternoon at leisure, including a wonderful afternoon tea out on the lawn. Stay: St Andrew’s (breakfast and dinner included).

Day 4: Nuwara Eliya to Yala

After breakfast, continue to Yala National Park, Sri Lanka’s most visited park, where you will experience a jeep safari. Here you can spot wild elephants, spotted deer, jackal and sloth bear. Yala National Park also has one of the highest densities of leopard in the world, so with a little bit of luck you may spot one!

Your hotel for your stay in Yala is the Cinnamon Wild, which is located in the buffer zone between the park gate and the fences. It’s the closest hotel to the park, so an ideal base for you to explore from. Stay: Cinnamon Wild (breakfast and dinner included).

Day 5: Yala

This morning head out into Bundala National Park on another jeep safari with an experienced naturalist. The park is in the Hambantota district and has a hot and dry climate. The terrain is generally flat with sand dunes bordering the coastline but the biodiversity within the park is immense. A total of 383 plant species have been found within the park including six that are endemic to the area and seven which are classified as endangered. Early mornings are a great chance to see a selection of wildlife that is usually hidden away when temperatures soar during the day. This afternoon you will return to Yala National Park for another chance to spot those elusive leopards. Stay: Cinnamon Wild (breakfast and dinner included).

Day 6: Yala to Udawalawe

Transfer over to Udawalawe, another of Sri Lanka’s famed National Parks. Enjoy lunch at Athgira, a local restaurant serving Sri Lankan specialties just across the road from the Elephant Transit Home, your next port of call. Here you’ll find a collection of orphaned elephants being cared for before being released into the wild. There is a small museum area to visit and you’ll also get a talk from one of the carers. Do bear in mind that as these elephants are to be released back into the wild this is a non-interactive visit of approximately half an hour. Stay: Grand Udawalawe Safari Resort (breakfast, lunch and dinner included).

Day 7: Udawalawe to Deniyaya

After breakfast you’ll transfer to the Rainforest Lodge in the Sinharaja rainforest in Deniyaya. The only natural UNESCO World Heritage Site in Sri Lanka, the Sinharaja rainforest offers guests the chance to walk amongst beautiful flora and fauna. Each layer of the forest has its own inhabitants, and with any luck you’ll spot some of them during your excursions into the wild. From colourful, fluttering butterflies to graceful Sambhur deer and the purplefaced leaf monkey, no two excursions are the same. This afternoon you will enjoy your first trek into the rainforest which will be between an hour and an hour and a half with the hotels naturalist. Stay: Rainforest Lodge (breakfast and dinner included).

Day 8: Deniyaya

After breakfast you will once again enter the forest on a guided trek, this one being between two and a half to three hours. Prior to the trek you’ll enjoy a talk from the naturalist on what you might see. This afternoon is at leisure to relax at the hotel, learn about what you’ve spotted on your walks, or if you’re feeling energetic, getting out into the forest on another walk. Stay: Rainforest Lodge (breakfast and dinner included).

Day 9: Deniyaya

Today you will leave for Galle, an ancient fortified city with a wonderful Dutch fort. Lunch will be at the Lady Hill Hotel before you either continue on your journey, stopping at a turtle hatchery, if you’ve chosen to extend your stay or transferring to the airport for your onward flight (breakfast and lunch included).

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