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Udawalawe National Park Safari

The Udawalawe National Park Safari in Sri Lanka

Hot off the press from Sri Lanka: Udawalawe National Park Safari
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Did somebody say wildlife safari in Sri Lanka? Absolutely! This was easily the highlight of my entire Sri Lanka trip. If you are looking for elephants, elephants and more elephants then the Udawalawe National Park Safari is exactly what your Sri Lanka itinerary needs. I will never forget the rush of riding in a safari vehicle as the afternoon sun sank into the bush. Our adrenaline was pumping, as we waited patiently for sightings of magnificent creatures.


Here is my experience on the Udawalawe National Park Safari:

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So now you’ve discovered that a safari is possible outside the boundless African landscape. Yet, through your research, you may have uncovered a few different safari excursions in Sri Lanka. Yala National Park is a more obvious and tourist-heavy safari because of its vast size. However, Udawalawe was an easy decision for me for one main reason: elephants. With 250 herds of these majestic beings living in the Udawalawe National Park safari area, you are almost guaranteed a sighting with every safari. On the other hand, Yala National Park is known for their incredible density of leopards. That doesn’t mean you can’t catch a glimpse of them here at Udawalawe, just be alert and ready. Don’t forget to let your expert guide know which animal sightings are on your bucket list. These guides know the best kept secrets of this immense landscape.

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For a truly luxurious safari experience, stay at Amanwella and arrange your safari through them. Not only will they help arrange the entire excursion, but they will also make sure you are well-fed. After all, you will need your energy for all those hours gazing at the amazing wildlife. My husband and I had a romantic bush picnic prepared just for us. We ate in the midst of exotic safari animals while surrounded by lush greenery and an effusive creek- it was magical.

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A day spent on the Udawalawe National Park Safari can be an incredibly humbling experience. It is a rarity to have the opportunity to get up close and personal with these grand safari animals. The last thing you’ll want to worry about is whether or not you packed the right clothing. Here is a quick snapshot of some expert advice to ensure your experience is just as magical as mine was.

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  • Make sure to use the restroom prior to entering the park.
  • The best time to schedule your safari adventure is late afternoon. However, if you do book a sunrise slot, you’ll want to pack a light jacket or sweater. The weather can vary drastically in the early morning hours.
  • With a 99% chance of seeing elephants, don’t forget to bring a good zoom lens for your camera. You will want to capture every wildlife sighting near and far.
  • When is the best time to check this item off the bucket list? Book your trip during dry season, which is March to October. Although the guides seem to know some kind of secret safari code, your chances of spotting numerous herds and a vast variety of species, during this season, is most likely by the watering hole.
  • If you are traveling with your family, don’t hesitate in booking this excursion. Amanwella will even help assist a shorter safari if necessary. There is something magical when watching these young minds learn about the wild and how to protect our beautiful planet.
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You’ll be thankful you chose an afternoon slot for those golden hour moments. The ones when you are uncovering new herds during the perfect light, on your Udawalawe National Park Safari. Elephants are not the only animals here that will leave you awe-struck. There are generous amounts of crocodiles, water buffalo, peacocks and kingfishers. Also, keep your eye out for some of the rare wildlife spottings; leopards, jackals, and even monkeys. Udawalawe is also known for having some incredibly vibrant, colorful, and joyous birds.

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 Udawalawe National Park Safari, is home to some of the largest elephants I have ever seen!

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I will never forget the experience of the Udawalawe National Park Safari. A giant herd of elephants and water buffalo harmoniously shared the same watering hole. There were so many, and they were all different sizes.


If you are looking for a place to stay along one of Sri Lanka’s most beautiful beaches, look no further than Amanwella Resort

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Misha Gillingham is the owner and operator of Wildluxe. Fascinated by luxury hotels and all of the details that go into creating that perfect guest experience, Misha focuses her creative efforts on showcasing only the most exclusive properties in the world. Follow along and discover the travel destinations you've been dreaming of.