Sri Lanka Wildlife Tour 2019


Sri Lanka Wildlife Tour 2019

This beautiful country is home to so many amazing species of wildlife, on this trip you will get chance to witness some of these as this tour takes you to the heart of Sri Lanka’s wildlife. Trek in one of the finest natural rainforests in the world which has been identified as a UNESCO World Heritage Site as well as being a Man and Biosphere Reserve.  

Trek through dense greenery of lofty trees, intertwined with shrubs, woody climbers, vines and smaller trees, experience some of endemic species which includes over 50% of Sri Lanka’s endemic trees and woody climbers, mammals, birds, butterflies, reptiles, insects and rare amphibian species. Visit Udawalawe which is undoubtedly the best place in Sri Lanka to see wild Asian Elephants throughout the year: there are about 500 elephants in the park and they often roam in herds of up to 100.

Spend time in Yala National Park giving you the best opportunity to witness Sri Lanka’s broad variety of wildlife: colorful painted stork in troops are seen perched at the shores of lagoon where the crocodiles too have chosen to doze off; lovely fantailed peacocks in their resplendent blues and greens parade about amidst the woods where monkeys hang, leap and chatter;

Yala has recorded the highest density of leopards among the leopard populations scattered in the wildlife parks of Sri Lanka. Yala National Park is also rich in birdlife and around 130 species have been recorded. Raptors include crested serpent eagle and white bellied sea eagle. Among the water birds attracted to the lagoons are Lesser Flamingo, Pelicon, Spoonbill, painted stork, rare black necked Stork, grey heron, purple heron, night heron and Darter. 

You will visit Bundala National Park is an amazing habitat for several species of Reptiles. Bundala abounds with estuarine crocodile and mugger crocodile. The coastal area attracts Loggerhead Turtle, Green Turtle, Hawk’s bill turtle and Olive Ridley: four out of Sri Lanka’s five marine turtle species, which come ashore to lay their eggs Between October and January. Watching egg laying turtles in the night, on the beaches of Bundala is a sight that no visitor would forget in his lifetime.

In Tangalle you will observe the ancient ritual of turtles coming ashore and laying eggs. Five out of the seven species of marine turtles that are familiar (but endangered) come to nest in this part of the Sri Lankan coastline, making it an ideal location to marvel at one of nature's most fascinating processes. Turtles nest here all year round, but the main season is April to July. This tour will be amazing and Im working with the best guides on the ground there too offer my clients the best service.   

 

Day 1 Arrival Colombo and drive to Singharaja

 Arrival in Sri Lanka and meet with our driver at the arrival lounge, Transfer to hotel in Singharaja – 4 hours’ drive approximately.

Overnight stay at hotel in Singharaja.

Day 2 Singharaja

Early morning bird watching photography trail

Sinharaja world heritage site spreads over wide elevation range (300m to 1100m). It is rich in bird life with an impressive 147 species recorded to date. It is also the only location where 21 out of 26 bird species endemic to Sri Lanka may be viewed.

Breakfast at the hotel. Photography walk in Sinharaja Rain Forest in the afternoon

Trek one of the finest natural rain forests in the world which has been identified as a UNESCO World Heritage Site as well as being a Man and Biosphere Reserve. It’s probably one of the oldest living ecosystems, a place that certainly deserve a visit and a place that promises to lives up to its expectations.

Trek through dense greenery of lofty trees, intertwined with shrubs, woody climbers, vines and smaller trees, experience a hot-spot of endemic species which includes over 50% of Sri Lanka’s endemic trees and woody climbers, mammals, birds, butterflies, reptiles, insects and rare amphibian species.

This amazingly beautiful place is home to the Rusty spotted and Fishing cats, Sambar, Wild boar, Barking deer, Squirrel, Monkey, Porcupines and the rare Leopard amongst many other mammals and many reptiles such as Green pit viper, the hump nosed viper and the krait.

Overnight stay at hotel in Singharaja.

Day 3 Singharaja - UdaWalawe (Drive)

Breakfast at the hotel

Transfer to Uda Walawe – 3 hours drive approximately

Afternoon make photography jeep safari at Uda Walawe National Park

Udawalawe is undoubtedly the best place in Sri Lanka to see wild Asian Elephants throughout the year: there are about 500 elephants in the park and they often roam in herds of up to 100.

In terms of consistency in numbers of elephants roaming the park: it has no a seasonal variation in herds of elephants. The best hours to visit the park are in the mornings and evenings. Late evening also affords the photographic opportunities in the backdrop of loveliest sunsets.

Keeping company to the herds of elephants, the main attraction of the park are the Water Buffalo, Wildboar, Spotted Deer, Sambur Deer, Jackal, Samber, Black-naped hare, mongooses, bandicoots, foxes, s the endemic Toque Macaque and Gray Langers. Sighting a Leopard and other smaller cats like Fishing cat & Jungle cat would be a bonus.

Udawalawe National Park is one of the best places to see Raptors in Sri Lanka and afford excellent opportunities for photography.

Overnight stay at hotel in Uda Walawe.

Day 4 Uda Walawe

Full day photography safari in Uda Walawe National Park with picnic meals from 6 AM to 6 PM

Overnight stay at hotel in Uda Walawe.

Day 5 Uda Walawe – Yala (Drive)

Breakfast at hotel.

Transfer to Yala – 2 hours drive approximately. Afternoon make photography jeep safari at Yala National Park

Yala National Park gives the best opportunity to witness Sri Lanka’s broad variety of wildlife: colorful painted stork in troops are seen perched at the shores of lagoon where the crocodiles too have chosen to doze off; lovely fantailed peacocks in their resplendent blues and greens parade about amidst the woods where monkeys hang, leap and chatter; in the bush jungle are the Elephants; crossing the tracks and wandering off into the thorny scrub jungle is the star attraction of the park: the leopard.

Yala has recorded the highest density of leopards among the leopard populations scattered in the wildlife parks of Sri Lanka. These magnificent beasts have now much habituated to the encroachment of their domains by the humans in jeeps. Young males don’t betray any sign of disturbance; they seem confident roaming over the gravel roads tracks as well as the bush jungle during the day: the visitors enjoy to no ends, fine photographic opportunities to capture the magnificent beasts well focused at the close range.

A total of 32 species of mammals have been recorded. The threatened species include sloth bear (Melursus ursinus), Leopard (Panthera pardus kotiya), elephant (Elephas maximus), water buffalo (Bubalus bubalis), Wild boar (Sus scrofa), spotted deer (Axis axis ceylonessis), sambar (Cervus unicolor) and golden jackal (Canis aureus).

Yala National Park is rich in birdlife and around 130 species have been recorded. Raptors include crested serpent eagle and white bellied sea eagle. Among the water birds attracted to the lagoons are Lesser Flamingo, Pelicon, Spoonbill, painted stork, rare black necked Stork, grey heron, purple heron, night heron and Darter.

Notable reptiles are Mugger Crocodile, which is abundant in the abandoned tanks, Estuarine Crocodile, found in the main rivers, and Common monitor. Other reptiles include Cobra and Russel’s Viper. A variety of Sea Turtle, Olive Ridley and Leatherback, of which Yala coast line is a major nesting ground.

Overnight stay at hotel in Yala.

Day 6 Yala

Full day photography safari in Yala National Park with picnic meals from 6 AM to 6 PM

Overnight stay at hotel in Yala.

Day 7 Yala – Tangalle (Drive)

Morning photography safari in Bundala National Park at 6 AM for bird watching with a picnic breakfast

Each and every species of water bird found in Sri Lanka is believed to visit Bundala National Park. Nearly 200 species of birds have been recorded within the park, out of which 58 species are migratory birds. The lagoons at the park attract a great variety of aquatic birds: among them are ibis, pelicans, painted storks, Black-necked Stork, terns, gulls, sand-pipers, snipes, teals, egrets and spoonbills. Endemic birds include the Brown-capped Babbler, Ceylon Woodshrike and Ceylon Junglefowl. Bundala National Park is a habitat for several species of Reptiles. Bundala abounds with estuarine crocodile and mugger crocodile.

The coastal area attracts Loggerhead Turtle, Green Turtle, Hawk’s bill turtle and Olive Ridley: four out of Sri Lanka’s five marine turtle species, which come ashore to lay their eggs Between October and January. Watching egg laying turtles in the night, on the beaches of Bundala is a sight that no visitor would forget in his lifetime.

Proceed to Tangalle – 1.5 hours drive approximate. Night make photography tour of Sea Turtle nesting in Tangalle beach.

In Tangalle can observe the ancient ritual of turtles coming ashore and laying eggs. Five out of the seven species of marine turtles that are familiar (but endangered) come to nest in this part of the Sri Lankan coastline, making it an ideal location to marvel at one of nature's most fascinating processes.

Turtles nest here all year round, but the main season is April to July.

Overnight stay at hotel in Tangalle.

Day 8 Tangalle – Mirissa (Drive)

Early morning transfer to Kalamatiya bird sanctuary for a photography catamaran ride in the lagoon for a bird watching trip (6 to 9 AM)

There are over 150 species of birds in Kalametiya bird sanctuary including 54 migratory birds. additionally about 20 species of mammals, about 41 species of fish and 38 species of reptiles live in Kalametiya bird sanctuary. This is a haven for weaver birds. there are many weaver bird nest in the bird sanctuary. Kalametiya Bird Watching tour is a boat tour about 3 hours. The best times for start the are 6am in the morning This is not only a bird watching tour. You can climb rocks middle in the bird sanctuary and jungle walking.

Proceed to Mirissa – 1.5 hours drive approximately

Overnight stay at hotel in Mirissa.

Day 9

Morning Whale watching trip in the Indian Ocean at 6.30 AM in a chartered boat with a picnic breakfast.

Back to the shore by noon.

*Please note that Whale watching excursion can be done until the middle of May. But the sea will be rough.

Overnight stay at hotel in Mirissa.

Day 10

Breakfast at hotel. Transfer airport for onward flight.

Recommended Equipment

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

Additional Information

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

 

Price - £3280 PP on a shared basis. Single supplement is available at a cost of £300 

 

Price includes:

[a] All transport (a/c mini cab).

[b] All permits.

[c] Jeep 

[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.

Price excludes:

International airfare, Visa fee, Airport tax. Video camera fee. Any expense not covered under the section, ‘Price includes.’

Dates 10th May 2019 - 20th May 2019

Deposit is £1000 with the remaining balance due 60 days before departure

 

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