The world’s greatest leopard safari: Yala National Park Half-day safari!

4 Hours

Yala National Park is synonymous with Leopard-topia– holding the largest leopard population in the world, per kilometre. Globally recognised as being not just the best place to observe big cats, but sloth bears and elephants as well.

Why should you book this Yala National Park Safari?

  • Boasting the highest density of leopard population in the world, the Yala National Park is widely noted as being the best place in the world to film and photograph the Sri Lankan leopard.
  • Yala is also popular for its high density of sloth bears.
  • You have 2 options to book safaris in the Yala National Park: Either a morning safari (06:00AM) or an evening safari (3:00PM)
  • The experienced guide facilitates a fuller experience on this Yala leopard safari.
  • Specially modified, comfortable jeeps for maximum viewing - are provided for these safaris.
  • We also offer customised services for our guests (family safaris/honeymoon safaris/photography safaris, etc.).
  • You will first meet the Sri Lanka Day Tours crew and your safari guide at the gate entrance to Yala National Park. For the morning half-day tour, your Yala Safari commences at 6:00 a.m. while the afternoon run begins at 2.30 p.m.
  • After entering the National Park with your guide in a jeep, keep an eye out for leopards and sloth bears, as well as other mammals and several species of birds which have made their homes in this sanctuary. The guide will explain about the Park’s various interesting attributes as you discover, become more aware and enjoy the flora and fauna of Yala.
  • You will be taken through most of the Yala National Park, covering the wetlands, grasslands, forest patches, etc. We will make longer stops at certain watering holes for those quiet photography opportunities.
  • After finishing the safari, either around 10 a.m. or around 6 p.m., you will be dropped off at the park entrance.

Designated as a National Park in 1938, Yala is Sri Lanka's most visited National Park and is situated in the dry semi-arid region off the southeastern coast of Sri Lanka, Yala is known for its biodiversity, with over 200 species of birds and over 40 species of mammals.

Consider yourself stepping into Leopard land when you come to Yala National Park, Sri Lanka’s oldest and inarguably most famous Park.

Dry, dusty and hot winds from an arid landscape of savannah grasslands, thorn and dry monsoon forests will make you wonder, if you truly are in a tropical country. But the Park is also home to saltwater wetlands, flaunting her biodiversity and membership of an impressive number of mammals, birds, reptiles and amphibians.

With a density of least one leopard per square kilometre, and the chances of spotting these formidable big cats enhanced with the trained eye of our guides; these elusive leopards greet the dawn and acknowledge the sun setting.

It is not an uncommon sight to see elephants, buffalo, sloth bears and even leopards crossing the road in front of you, giving you an opportunity to see these big mammals up close.

Yala is also home to a multitude of birds, including the Sri Lanka jungle fowl, peacocks, and endemic species such as Sri Lanka grey hornbill, crimson-fronted barbet and Sri Lanka wood pigeon. Watering holes also attract water birds such as herons and storks.

Among the smaller species of mammals in Yala are hares, foxes, wild boar, toque macaques, golden palm civets, red slender loris, and fishing cats. Take this Yala leopard safari  - you will never forget it.

Inclusions & Exclusions


  • Experienced local tracking driver guide
  • Jeep cost of the Yala National Park Safari
  • Entrance fees
  • Packed snacks
  • Bottled water


  • Arrival and departure transportation
  • Any extra beverages or food consumed
  • Any tips to the staff
  • Any personal effects not mentioned above
  • Pick up and drop off from your hotel in Yala or any other accommodation in Yala could be arranged at an extra cost.
Overall Trip Rating:
- Based on 3 travel reviews
Very Good
  1. A really wonderful and memorable experience
    By Nicola B
    from Sri Lanka
    May 1, 2024
    We wander a safari in to the Yala National Park, seeing so many fantastic animals and birds. Our driver clearly loved the wildlife and gave us lots of opportunities to watch and photograph so much.
    Date of Experience: April 10, 2024
  2. Enchanting Safari Getaway
    By Judith
    from Sri Lanka
    January 12, 2024
    The safaris were conducted with an expert guide , and the depth of his knowledge is remarkable. We had a glimpse of a leopard, 2 bears, elephants, crocodiles, and numerous remarkable bird species, many of which were new discoveries for us!
    Date of Experience: January 02, 2024
  3. Awesome Safari
    By Naomi
    from Sri Lanka
    November 18, 2022
    Our game drive was spectacular ... up close with leopards, elephants, monkeys, crocodiles and oodles of birds. We would highly recommend!!
    Date of Experience: October 28, 2022

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The world’s greatest leopard safari: Yala National Park Half-day safari!
From $147
/ Adult - Single Person(SOLO)
From $98
/ Adult - 2 Persons
From $82
/ Adult - 3 Persons
From $74
/ Adult - 4 Persons
From $69
/ Adult - 5 or More people
From $49
/ Child - Price per child
  • SLDT/2403/SAFYAL01
  • 6:00AM | 3:00PM
  • Yala Park Entrance [Transport could be provided from your location at an extra cost]
  • 24 Hours
  • All Year Around (However, the best season would be between February & June)


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