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Private Tour: The Great Elephant Gathering Safari in Minneriya

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    What to Expect
    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.
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    Departure Point
    Traveler pickup is offered
    Departure Point: Park Gate Of Minneriya National Park

    If you are staying within a 5km radius of the entrance gate, you can arrange free pickup from your hotel.

    Address: Habarana-Polonnaruwa Road, Habarana, Sri Lanka

    Dates: Daily

    Return point: Returns to original departure point
    Departure Time
    2:30 PM
    Duration
    3h
    Return Details
    Returns to original departure point
    Inclusions
    • Transport by private Safari Jeep
    • Driver/guide
    Exclusions
    • Hotel pickup and drop-off if outside of 5km of park entrance gate
    • Entrance fees for Jeep-only bookings (entrance fees to be paid in cash)
    • Food and drinks
    • Gratuities
    • Entry/Admission - Minneriya National Park
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    Additional Info
    • Confirmation will be received at time of booking
    • No heart problems or other serious medical conditions
    • Price is fixed per vehicle
    • A maximum of 6 people per vehicle
    • Not wheelchair accessible
    • Near public transportation
    • Not recommended for travelers with back problems
    • Not recommended for pregnant travelers
    • Travelers should have a moderate physical fitness level
    • This tour/activity will have a maximum of 6 travelers
    Cancellation Policy
    For a full refund, cancel at least 24 hours in advance of the start date of the experience.
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    Reviewed 21 March 2019

    The ride through the park in the side-seated jeep was backbreaking; however, once we crossed the narrow waterbody and spotted the elephants, everything changed. It was sheer happiness. The females, the young ones, the males - the tuskers, the parade, tourists in100s of jeeps, were...More

    Date of experience: March 2019
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    FemkeVDC
    3 September 2018|
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    Response from Lcrperera27 |
    Haff day safari starting 2pm -6pm full day 6am - 6pm haff day jeep Rs 4500 entrance 8100 two person sorry for late
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    Anzacbiscuit08
    10 April 2018|
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    Response from lakpura-sales4 | Property representative |
    Hi, Greetings from Lakpura. We arrange only private tours to present the best experience. Therefore, you will have the jeep to yourself. Also, your driver is excellent in tracking and capable in basic guiding. Best... More
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