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"The Great Elephant Gathering" Private Safari in Minneriya

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Habarana, Sri Lanka
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Experience one of the largest gatherings of Asian elephants in the world during this private excursion to witness Sri Lanka’s annual ‘Great Elephant Gathering.’ Observe up to 200 of these gentle giants in one place as they bathe, play, and feed right before your eyes. It’s a once-a-year event that’s not to be missed.
  • Experience the annual 'Great Elephant Gathering' in Sri Lanka's Minneriya National Park
  • Witness one of the largest gatherings of Asian elephants in the world, including up to 200 animals
  • Observe other park wildlife like Sri Lankan sloth bears, monkeys, deer, crocodiles, and birds
  • Private guide and vehicle ensure more personalized experience
Head to the gate of Minneriya National Park in the afternoon to begin your trip. Guests who are staying within 3 miles (5 kilometers) of the park entrance are eligible for an included pick-up from their accommodations.

Continue into the park aboard a private safari Jeep. This protected area dates back to the third century AD, when Sri Lankan King Mahasena built an artificial reservoir. Today the reservoir serves as a haven for Asian elephants, which congregate in the area between August to October each year when the water level falls and a growth of plants rises in its place. Elephants from other areas including Polonnaruwa, Trincomalee, Matale and Kaudulla flock to Minneriya during this time to feed, bathe, and play in the shallow waters.

Your Jeep will creep up to this gathering of up to 200 pachyderms while remaining at a safe distance. You’ll have the awe-inspiring opportunity to witness this huge gathering as the sun sets in the distance, watching as the animals spray water in the air, swim, and mingle. Make sure to also keep your eyes out for other creatures including the Sri Lankan sloth bear, monkeys, deer, crocodiles, and many species of birds that call the park home.

You’ll finish your trip back at the park entrance gates, or receive an included drop-off if your accommodation is within 3 miles (5 kilometers) of the park.
Itinerary
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Minneriya National Park
You will begin your Great Elephant Gathering Safari at the entrance gates of Minneriya National Park at 2:30pm in the afternoon. If you are staying in a hotel within a 5km radius of the entrance gate of Minneriya, you will be receiving a complimentary pickup. Sri Lanka has a very high count of Asian elephants. It is believed that there are over 4000 elephants spread over many areas of the island, with over 2500 being in protected areas. The North Central Province has a fairly large concentration of the animals. Minneriya National Park, which is one of the main areas where elephants can be seen, was formed around the artificial reservoir created by King Mahasena in the third century AD. Over the ages, the area around the reservoir became a haven for wildlife and was later declared a wildlife sanctuary and national park. SKU: LK50100000 During the months from August to October the water levels of the reservoir goes down, allowing a fresh growth of plants to rise from the newly revealed ground. During this season elephants from the areas around Minneriya, such as Polonnaruwa, Trincomalee, Matale and Kaudulla, make their way to Minneriya National Park in order to feed on the fresh growth. This results in a large influx of elephants gathering on the banks of the reservoir. At the peak of the Great Elephant Gathering, it is believed that over 200 elephants gather at the same place, making it the largest gathering of Asian elephants in the world. You will be visiting the banks of the reservoir in a jeep, and watching from a safe distance. As the sun sinks in the sky, you will see the awe-striking sight of large numbers of huge elephants flowing in from all directions. You can watch from mere feet away as whole families of the mammals feed and play. Watch the giant pool party where large glistening bodies roll in the water, and spray it into the air. See the most incredible sight that you can never see anywhere else in the world. In addition to the elephants, other wildlife such as various species of deer, monkeys, the Sri Lankan sloth bear, crocodiles and many different species of birds can also be seen in Minneriya National Park. You will be finishing your safari at 5:30pm at the entrance gates. If you stay in a hotel within a 5km radius of the entrance gates you will be entitled to a complimentary drop off right at your hotel.
Duration: 3 hours 
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