Frequently Asked Questions

Our price includes:

  • Accommodation in safari tents.
  • Morning game drive and evening game drive in customised safari vehicle.
  • A qualified naturalist/game ranger.
  • Snacks and drinks on game drives.
  • Breakfast, lunch and dinner at camp.
  • Water, fruit juices & soft drinks.
  • All government taxes.

Please note that the price does not include national park entry fees nor beer, wine, spirits, souvenirs or other extras purchased in camp.

Some other camps offer what appears to be a lower price but they do not include the cost of lunch & dinner & do not include the cost of safaris whereas we include all of these in our price.

The short answer is yes we can. If you would like us to pick you up from the airport or your hotel we have a very reliable local transport company which has a modern air-conditioned minibus. Guests are responsible for paying the driver directly in Sri Lankan Rupees. If you would like us to arrange this please advise where you would like to be picked up/dropped off & we will arrange with the taxi company.

Our itinerary for a 1 night/2 day safari is:

Day 1 – Arrive around noon at our safari camp where we will give you lunch either in our new restaurant if you are staying at our Yala camp or a private table in a secluded jungle setting in our Udawalawe camp. After lunch, you can rest before the afternoon safari which starts around 3.30pm until dusk. You will return to camp by about 6.30pm in time to freshen up before dinner. For dinner, you can either dine in our new bush restaurant if you are staying at our Yala camp or in the jungle under the stars in our Udawalawe camp.

Day 2 – An early morning safari starting around dawn before returning to camp around 9.30am for a big camp breakfast & check out around 11 am.

Our itinerary for 2 or more nights is:

Day 1 – Arrive around noon at our safari camp where we will give you lunch either in our new restaurant if you are staying at our Yala camp or a private table in a secluded jungle setting in our Udawalawe camp. After lunch, you can rest before the afternoon safari which starts around 3.30pm until dusk. You will return to camp by about 6.30pm in time to freshen up before dinner. For dinner, you can either dine in our new bush restaurant if you are staying at our Yala camp or in the jungle under the stars in our Udawalawe camp.

Day 2 – You have a choice of either an all-day safari or if you prefer you can have two half-day safaris. If you chose an all-day safari we give you breakfast & lunch in the national park whereas with the two half-day safaris you dine at our safari camp. At dusk, you will be back in camp where you can relax, have an aperitif before dinner & then dine under the stars or in our restaurant.

Day 3 – An early morning safari starting around dawn before returning to camp around 9.30am for a big camp breakfast & check out around 11 am.

If you would like to stay 3 nights/4 days you will be able to see much more of the national park & if you are staying at our Yala camp we can take you to Bundala National park as an alternative to Yala. If you decide to stay for an extra day/night you would be able to get either two more half day safaris or one more, full day safari.

Private safari jeeps – We can organize private safari jeeps if you prefer to safari on your own. The price varies depending on the number of safaris/days to chose.

We are flexible about arrival times but we prefer guests to arrive around noon so that we can give you lunch before your afternoon safari on the day of your arrival. If you are staying at our Yala camp we usually meet you at Situlpahuwa Junction near Yoda Lake, near Tissa. If you tell your driver this information & give him our telephone number (please see below) we can arrange to pick you up & take you to our Yala safari camp.

If you are staying at our Udawalawe camp then we meet you at Udawalawe national park entrance.

We would appreciate you provide us with your phone number just in case we need to contact you. You can contact us on +94 77 600 2717(Isuru).

Our chef cooks authentic local Sri Lankan cuisine & some western food. We also cater for vegetarians & vegans. If you have special dietary requirements please let us know in advance & we will try to cater for your dietary requirements.

If you’ve ever wanted to learn how to cook the perfect Sri Lankan curry or any of the other delicious Sri Lankan food which we prepare in camp we can organise cooking lessons in our Yala field kitchen.

The main reason for staying with us is to safari in Yala or Udawalawe national parks but there are other things to do.  If you are staying more than one night at our Yala camp we can take you to Bundala national park which is famous for its many species of water birds & 2 species of crocodile.

There are also plenty of other things to do if you want more than safaris. We can take you to see local villages, temples & culture. Our Yala camp is only a short distance from the beautiful beaches & coast line of south Sri Lanka so if you fancy time on the beach or a swim in the Indian Ocean we can take you.

We do not offer advice on health matters because we don’t have the expertise to do so & because there is a plethora of advice available from various sources on the internet & from guests’ family doctors who have more information on each guest’s state of health. Furthermore, as guests tend to travel in different parts of Sri Lanka or may be combining Sri Lanka with other countries on the same holiday different advice may apply.

Some sources on health can be found in www.gov.uk/foreign-travel-advice/sri-lanka/health (The UK Gov. Advice service) & wwwnc.cdc.gov/travel/destinations/traveler/none/sri-lanka (The Centre for Disease Control & Prevention which is a USA resource).

Ultimately it is each traveller’s personal responsibility to take health precautions such as vaccinations & other precautions advised by your doctor. Similarly we recommend all guests carry adequate health & travel insurance.

Climatic conditions seem to be changing & it is a common theme to hear people talk about unseasonal weather wherever they are & Sri Lanka is no exception.

Yala is located in one of the more arid regions of Sri Lanka & conditions at Yala National Park are mostly hot and dry, although rainfall is expected from November to January (north-east monsoon) and during March and April (inter-monsoon).

February is the driest month, although the main dry season actually runs from June to October. What this means is that you can visit throughout the year.

  • If your reservation is more than one month before arrival we kindly ask you to pay a deposit of 50% of the total amount & then pay the remaining 50% one month from the date of arrival. You can pay by PayPal, bank transfer or credit card using our Payment Centre. If you want to pay by PayPal or bank transfer we will give you the details on our invoice.
  • If your reservation is less than one month before arrival we kindly ask you to pay the full amount.
  • Please, can you add your bank charges to the amount you pay?
  • If we arrange a driver for you we kindly ask you to pay the driver directly in Sri Lankan Rupees.