Yala National Park Travel Guide

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Yala National Park Things to Do

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    by DSwede Written Jan 26, 2014

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    The safaris start at dawn and run until the sun goes down, so schedule your departures accordingly. Basic plan is that the park entrance is ~25km from town, which takes about 40 minutes. Once in the park, the driver will bounce down his roads of choice to find the best spots for wildlife viewing. Unless otherwise arranged, time in the park will be ~2.5hours.

    Your driver may provide water, but bring some just in case. The Jeep will have canvas top/sides, so you may be exposed to rain or the elements. Wildlife maybe come right up (as did a few boars and birds), but others will be hidden in the bush or on the horizon. Unless you're content to sit and watch, best to bring some binoculars and a good camera zoom.

    A hope for this trip was to see some leopards, but unfortunately they proved all too leopards. However, did see more spotted deer, water buffalo, flamingos, wild boars, egrets and monkeys that I can count.

    A few fewer in numbers, but still seen were crocodiles, peacocks, lizards, mongoose, storks, and elephants. The stars of the show were definitely the elephants! But the singular grey hornbills and hawks were not to be forgotten either.

    Curious Boars
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    by abi_maha Written Feb 20, 2013

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    There is plenty to see at Yala. In a couple of days we saw golden jackal, leopard, monitor lizards, crocs, ruddy mongoose, chameleons etc. My tip would be to search in and around the track itself since the vegetation i spretty hick. Your best chances of sightings are in and around the track.

    Monitor lizard up close monitor lizard running by he track A ruddy mongoose Deer Golden jackal runs across the track
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    by abi_maha Written Feb 20, 2013

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    In all the enthusiasam to see the big cats and other animals do not miss out on the opportunity to spot some migrating and endemic birds in the Yala Sanctuary. It is teaming with birdlife and you can easily spot 50+ species if you spend a day or two there.

    A Peacock dancing Hoopoe preening A bee eater on a perch A Fish Owl
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Yala National Park Tourist Traps

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    by DSwede Written Jan 26, 2014

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    There appears to be many more drivers and 4x4's than there are visitors. Everyone in town has some relation to one operator or another and funnels business to them.

    There are never posted prices, nor do they accept credit. They are very quick to make a deal and get you off, before you can shop around and check prices with anyone else. Case in point, I noticed three other couples checking in at the hotel at the same time, all left for the park at the same time, but all were paying individual prices in their own 4x4's. Could have saved $100's of dollars collectively if shared.

    Unique Suggestions: I highly recommend you take some time and ask around for rates before agreeing to the first one. And also ask any other travelers to share if you'd like to save some money. Each 4x4 can take ~10 people.

    Too many 4x4's
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