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Seek out Sri Lanka’s native wildlife, including leopards and elephants, on a private safari at Wilpattu National Park. Aboard a comfortable, private 4x4 with a driver-guide, roam the forest, grassland, and lakeside trails of the island’s biggest national park. Watch for Sri Lankan leopards, sloth bears, monitor lizards, and crocodile, and see everything from deer and wetland birds to turtles. Admission at own expense, with a choice of a morning, afternoon, or 12-hour daytime safari.
  • Private 4x4 safari drive in Wilpattu National Park
  • Watch for wildlife in the lakes and scrub of Sri Lanka's biggest reserve
  • Look for elephants, leopards, sloth bears, and more
  • Seek out deer, monitor lizards, turtles, and water birds
  • Learn about Wilpattu's species and geography from a driver-guide
  • Choose a morning, afternoon, or full-day safari
  • Price per vehicle based on maximum of 6 passengers, with park entrance fees at own expense
Book a morning, afternoon, or full-day safari, and meet your personal driver-guide at Wilpattu National Park. Head inside (own expense), board your private 4x4, and explore the dirt trails around the reserve, Sri Lanka’a biggest wildlife sanctuary.

Designated as a National Wildlife Park in 1938, Wilpattu lies in the island’s dry zone and consists of natural villu lakes, grasslands, rocky outcrops, forests, and scrub. This diverse terrain harbors numerous animals, including 31 mammals and the main drawcards of the elusive Sri Lankan leopard, sloth bears, and elephants.

As you explore, learn about the reserve’s geography and species from your guide, and scan the forests, grasslands, lakes, and brush. Keep your camera ready for sightings of leopards, usually spotted near the lakes, and sloth bears; and watch for elephants, deer, jackals, wild pig, and water buffalo.

Look, too, for wetland birds like garganey, spoonbills, and egrets, including migratory species (November-March), and perhaps spot reptiles like mugger crocodiles, monitor lizards, snakes, and the rare Indian star tortoise. Other species include pond and soft-shelled turtles, and varieties of butterfly like the Blue Mormon and Crimson Rose.

Your safari concludes when you disembark your 4x4 at the park entrance.
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Wilpattu National Park
Meet up with your driver at the gate of Wilpattu National Park in Anuradhapura at approximately 5:30am or 2:30pm to start your exciting safari tour in Wilpattu National Park. Wilpattu National Park, the largest wildlife sanctuary in Sri Lanka, spans an area of approx. 131,693 hectares with altitude ranging between the sea-level and 152 meters. It was declared a wildlife sanctuary in 1905 and in 1938 elevated to the status of National Wildlife Park. On November 7th, 1947, the northern area of Wilpattu was declared as Wilpattu North Sanctuary. Wilpattu National Park is situated in the dry zone and is unlike any other wildlife sanctuary in Sri Lanka. A unique complex of over 50 wetlands called “Villu” is the most prominent topographical feature of the national park. ‘Villu’ are shallow natural lakes filled with rainwater surrounded by open grassy plains amidst the dense scrub jungle. The presence of these Villus with an abundance of water can best be explained in the weather patterns that prevail over the park: while the period of drought is only during the months of May to early September, the main rainy season is during September to December with the heavy downpours of north eastern monsoon; inter monsoon season visits the park March and April. Annual temperature in the Park is around 27.2 Celsius and its annual rainfall is approximately 1000 mm. Wilpattu National Park has various natural habitats - coastal belt, natural lakes (villus), rocky outcrops, scrublands, open grasslands and dense forest provide for numerous species of animals. Among the species are 31 mammals. The biggest draws in Wilpattu are Leopards (Panthera pardus kotiya) and Sloth bears (Melursus ursinus). Apart from those two mammals are Asian Elephants (Elephas maximus), Spotted Deer, Barking Deer, jackals, sambhur, barking deer, mouse deer Wild Pig, Water Buffalo (Bubalus bubalis) and Mugger Crocodiles. Butterflies recorded include the Great Eggfly, Blue Mormon, Common Mormon, Common Rose Great Orange Tip, Glad-eye Bushbrown, Blue Mormon, Common Mormon, Common Rose and Crimson Rose. Countless species of birds can also be found and the park plays host to numerous winter migrants from November to March, while menacing crocodiles top the list of reptiles. Also roaming on the grasslands are Star tortoises (Geochelone elegans) at Wilpattu. In the large Villus are Pond turtle (Melanonchelys trijuga) and the Soft shelled turtle (Lissemys punctata). The tour ends at the original departure point.
Duration: 8 hours 
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