Island Safari – 9 Nights 10 Days

Day 1

Route: Airport > Negombo
Drive Time: Approx: ½ hr

Upon arrival you will be greeted by your chauffeur guide and proceed to Negombo.

In the evening go on a Negombo sightseeing tour.

Overnight stay at the hotel.

Day 2

Route: Negombo > Wilpattu
Drive Time: Approx: 4 ½ hrs

Hotel: Mahoora Explorer Campsite

After breakfast drive up along the North West coast to Wilpattu.

Upon arrival in Wilpattu you will be greeted by the camp staff and transferred to your campsite by jeep. Your campsite is located at the buffer zone of Wilpattu National Park.

Spend the rest of the day at leisure at the campsite.

Dinner & Overnight stay at the Campsite.

Day 3

Route: Wilpattu

Hotel: Mahoora Campsite

Wake up early to the sound of nature around you and embark on a full day jeep safari to Wilpattu National Park. Wilpattu comprises of a unique complex of lakes called ‘Villus’. This unspoilt park is one of the largest and oldest national parks in Sri Lanka.

Enjoy a picnic breakfast and a hot meal that will be served for lunch inside the park.

Leopards & Sloth bears are the attractions in the park. Other animals you might see during your safari are/ not limited to Asian Elephants, Spotted Deer, Sambhur, Barking Deer, Wild Boar, Peacocks and mugger Crocodiles. For bird lovers it is possible to see the following endemic bird species; Ceylon Woodshrike, Ceylon Junglefowl, Brown-capped babbler and the Black-capped Bulbul.

Return back to your campsite in the evening for a scrumptious BBQ dinner & overnight stay.

Day 4:

Route: Wilpattu> Habarana

Hotel: The Other Corner

Enjoy your last breakfast at the Wilpattu camp.

After breakfast depart from the campsite and travel to Kala Wewa National Park for a half day jeep safari. Kala Wewa expands 15,000 hectares and is a very new national park that got its status in 2015. This park is famous for the high number of tuskers on its Elephant herds. The bird life in the park is also fascinating, with a very large flock of Openbill stork that consists of thousands of birds. When they are airborne the sound can be heard from a distance.

You will be served a hot meal for lunch which will be served inside the park.

After an adventurous safari travel to Habarana where you could experience staying at an eco-lodge.

Dinner & Overnight stay at the hotel.

Day 5:

Route: Habarana > Wasgamuwa
Drive Time: Approx: 3 hrs

Hotel: Mahoora Mobile Tent

After a well slept night in a tree cottage head out to Minneriya National Park on a safari where you could witness the largest gathering of elephants in Asia known as ‘The Gathering’.

You could either have an early breakfast or take a packed breakfast that you can have at the park.

After the safari check out of your hotel and travel to Wasgamuwa where your mobile camp has been set up inside the park.

Freshen up and go on a safari to Wasgamuwa National Park that is known for its majestic herd of over 200 elephants. 

After an exciting safari return back for a BBQ dinner by a campfire & overnight stay at the mobile camp.

Day 6

Route: Wasgamuwa > Yala
Drive Time: Approx 5 hrs

Hotel: Mahoora Explorer Camp

Early morning safari to Wasgamuwa one last time.

Return back for a mouthwatering breakfast.

After breakfast travel to Yala where you will be greeted by the camp staff and transferred to the Yala campsite.

Spend the rest of the evening at leisure mingling with fellow campers.

Enjoy a BBQ dinner & overnight stay in your tent.

Day 7

Route: Yala

Hotel: Yala Mahoora Camp

Early morning jeep safari to Yala National Park which is very rich in wildlife and home to 44 varieties of mammals & 215 bird species.

You will have a picnic breakfast inside the park.

Yala is the most famous national park in Sri Lanka and is also known worldwide for its highest density of leopards anywhere in the world. Yala also has the highest densities of mugger crocodiles in the world. During a safari at Yala some of the wildlife you can see/ not limited to are; Leopards, Sloth Bear, Asian Elephants, Mugger Crocodiles, Wild Boar, Spotted Deer, Sambhur, Wild Buffalo, Mongoose and many other animals. Some of the birds that can be seen are Painted Stork, Malabar Pied Hornbill, Lesser Adjuntant and Black-necked Stork.

Return back to the campsite for your lunch.

In the afternoon will go on safari to Lunugamvehera National Park that is famous for its large herds of Elephants, Spotted Deer, Wild Boar, Wild Buffalo, Sloth Bear, Leopards and many species of birds.

Return back to the campsite for a delectable BBQ dinner & overnight stay in your tent.

Day 8

Route: Yala > Mirissa
Drive Time: Approx 3 ½ hrs

Hotel: Mandara Resort

Wake up the sound of nature and go on a safari to Bundala National Park. Bundala is a “RamsarWetland” that hosts over 150 species of winter migrant & resident birds. The park has lagoons & inter-tidal mud flats where migrant birds rest and feed.

Other animals that can be seen during a safari at Bundala are Asian Elephants, Spotted Deer, Wild Boar, Peacocks, Mugger Crocodiles and Wild Buffalo. Bundala is a birders paradise and some of the birds that can be seen are/ not limited to; European Bee-eater, Lesser Adjutant, Painted Stork, Asian Openbill, Eurasian Spoonbill, Black-headed Ibis and Wooly-necked Stork. Waders that can be seen at Bundala include Pacific Golden, Lesser Sand and Greater Sand, Little Ringed, Kentish and Little Ringed Plovers, Little Stint, Marsh, Common, Wood and Green Sandpipers. Eurasian Thick-knee and Great Thick-knee in addition to Eurasian Curlew, Black tailed Godwit, Common Snipe, Red-necked Phalarope, Pintail Snipe and Ruddy Turnstone.

Thereafter travel up the coast to Mirissa which is famous for Whale Watching.

Upon arrival in Mirissa proceed to check in to the hotel.

Spend the evening relaxing on the beach.

Dinner & Overnight stay at the hotel.

Day 9

Route: Mirissa

Hotel: Mandara Resort

Take a packed breakfast from the hotel and drive to Mirissa harbor. Get on board a boat and set out to sea for an excursion with the Dolphins & Whales.

Sri Lanka’s waters are very rich in marine life and some of the marine mammals that can be seen during the excursion are Spinner Dolphins, Bottlenose Dolphins, Turtles, Sperm Whales and the largest creature in the world; Blue Whales.

Sri Lanka is one of the best destinations in the world to see Blue Whales.

After returning back to shore spend the rest of the day relaxing on the beach.

Day 10

Route: Mirissa > Airport
Drive Time: Approx: 3 hrs

Breakfast at the hotel and say goodbye to memories as you will be taken to the airport for your departing flight.

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