Udawalawa Tours
Udawalawe National Park | Private Safari Tour
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Udawalawe National Park | Private Safari Tour

By Udawalawe Wild Safari Tours
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Duration: 4h
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Meets animal welfare guidelines
Live guide: German, English
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  • 4x4 Private Safari Jeep
  • Service of an 10 years experience driver (Also your guide).
  • Water bottle (per-person).
  • Free hotel pickup and drop (udawalawe area)
What's not included
  • National Park entrance tickets


Start:Multiple pickup locations offered.
  • Udawalawa, Sri Lanka
    Udawalawe National Park, 7th Mile post Junction, Udawalawa 70190, Sri Lanka Please contact us and confirm the pickup location & time.
Pickup details
  • Private Safari Jeep (Maximum of 6 passengers per jeep) Free hotel pickup and drop (udawalawe area)
Hotel pickup offered
During checkout you will be able to select from the list of included hotels.
    End:This activity ends back at the meeting point.

      • Not wheelchair accessible
      • Near public transportation
      If you have questions about accessibility, we’d be happy to help. Just call the number below and reference the product code: 337947P1

      • Confirmation will be received at time of booking
      • Not recommended for pregnant travellers
      • No heart problems or other serious medical conditions
      • Most travellers can participate
      • Recommended Start Times Morning Safari (04-hours) - 06:00 am Evening Safari (04-hours) - 02:00 pm
      • This is a private tour/activity. Only your group will participate

      • For a full refund, cancel at least 24 hours in advance of the start date of the experience.

      If you have questions about this tour or need help making your booking, we’d be happy to help. Just call the number below and reference the product code: 337947P1

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      • Udawalawe Wild Safari Tours
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        Udawalawa, Sri Lanka
        Joined in February 2022
      • ADodd234
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        5.0 of 5 bubbles
        Absolutely amazing safari
        We had an amazing experience on our 7 hour safari with Gimhana and his driver. We arranged everything via Whatsapp a few days prior where Gimhana explained everything to us. We were picked up and dropped off in our hotel in Unawatuna. We visited the elephant transit home and then went into the park. It was amazing, we saw lots and lots of elephants, monkeys, birds, eagles, buffalo, crocodile. Gimhana was very knowledgeable about all of the animals and was great at spotting them! We would recommend this to anyone who is thinking of doing a safari trip when in sri lanka.
        Written 10 June 2024
      • jimmngan
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        5.0 of 5 bubbles
        Great experience in Udawalawe
        We had an incredible safari tour with Gimhana as our nature guide - he is knowledgeable about the wildlife and knows the park very well. He is passionate and friendly and we enjoyed the tour with him. Upon our request he also arranged for a private car to pick us up from Ella and drop us off in Galle after the tour which made our trip much more convenient. Highly recommended!
        Written 16 May 2024
      • Jeremy C
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        5.0 of 5 bubbles
        Great tour guide with flexible pick up and drop off
        Gimhana was a great guide he spotted so many different animals and made sure we did not leave disappointed. Moreover he helped to arrange pick up and Ella and drop off in Galle as part of the tour which made our travel so much more flexible
        Written 16 May 2024
      • 652ninao
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        5.0 of 5 bubbles
        Amazing Safari
        We had an amazing experience on the Safari and saw soooo manu elephants from up close! It was really nice to learn more about the park and the animals and we enjoyed everything so much. Including our baby. Thank you for everything.
        Written 10 May 2024
      • juttap214
        0 contributions
        5.0 of 5 bubbles
        Brillant Tour
        The safari with our nature guide Gimhana was amazing! He is a very relaxed guide who knows the park very well. He took quickly other routes, so we were alone for a large part of the safari, without other jeeps. We saw lots of elephants, crocodiles, monkeys , deers, birds, buffalows and landmonitor, Elephants taking a bath.It was a fantastic experience with a great guide, thank you so much! Absolutely recommended!
        Written 26 April 2024
      • Discover76152
        0 contributions
        5.0 of 5 bubbles
        Amazing trip in Udawalawe
        Amazing trip with Gimhana as our nature guide. Very knowledgeable about the many animals we saw and very good at spotting them. Highly recommended!
        Written 9 March 2024
      • Roman_admark
        0 contributions
        5.0 of 5 bubbles
        Very good
        Everything was very good. Recommend this excursion! We saw elephants, birds, lizards, deers, rabbits, peacocks, buffalos and some other animals
        Written 6 March 2024
      • Fabiana S
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        5.0 of 5 bubbles
        The best experience in Sri Lanka
        We had a memorable day with Gimhana! He is so kind and knowledgeable! He would stop the jeep in the best photo spots and explain us Elephant facts and curiosities. We felt he was really enthusiastic to show us the best the park has to offer, always respecting the animals. We made sure he found an elephant family with little babies and has always respected the animals. No chasing, always respecting. He has 9 years experience so he does know a lot and he spots beautiful colourful birds for us too. Even has binoculars for us to use and a book to show us each bird we’re seeing. Always gives us time for pictures and for just contemplate the beautiful creatures! We had the chance to see them pretty close. We absolutely loved our time there! Gimhana came on time, is a great driver, knowledgeable and did an excellent work! Also gave us snacks and water. If you do come to this National Park, make sure you book directly with him to support him and his family for the amazing work he does! Totally recommend it!
        Written 5 December 2023
      • vonnik2023
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        5.0 of 5 bubbles
        Perfect safari with excellent guide
        The safari with Gimhana was amazing! Previously I thought we would see some elephants in the Udawalawe National Park. But we did not only see a lot of elephants, including families with babies, but also crocodiles, monkeys, deer, a wild boar and many birds. It was fantastic! Gimhana was able to tell us something about all the animals, answered all of our questions and tried to find all the animals we wanted to see. He is a very relaxed driver who knows the park very well and quickly took other routes, so we were alone for a large part of the safari, without other jeeps. The breakfast that Gimhana brought for us was also delicious! Since it's hard to find an accommodation in Udawalawa that doesn't involve going on a safari, Gimhana organized an accommodation for us for a very good price, which was very kind of him. Overall a fantastic experience with a great guide, thank you so much! Absolutely recommended!
        Written 4 December 2023
      • Companion59384618735
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        5.0 of 5 bubbles
        Great 4 hour Safari
        We did a 4 hour safari with Gimhana and it was brilliant! He clearly has a lot of knowledge of the wildlife and was able to point out birds and other small animals we wouldn't have seen otherwise. Best of all, we saw many different elephant groups with him. If you want a guide who cares about the animals and you want to learn some more about them, then you are in the right place. We would definitely book him again!
        Written 1 December 2023
      • 656demil
        0 contributions
        5.0 of 5 bubbles
        Fantastic Safari with our guide Gimhana
        We had a great safari at Udawalawe. We saw lots of elephants, deers, crocodiles, monkeys and birds. Also we had an amazing guide who took us to some far corners of the park in the search for elephants! Our guide Gimhana, He has a deep knowledgeble of animals and plants and answered all of our questions. His ability to get away form the crowds give you a unique experience with animals. I would thoughly recommend booking with him.
        Written 16 September 2023
      • Ohwoody
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        5.0 of 5 bubbles
        Wonderful safari, best guide
        We had a great time with this safari, best guide ever. Gimhana gave us a lot of info about the animals and the park. All our questions were answered really well, he speaks perfectly English. There are some safaris arranged by smaller hotels/ home stays were the guide doesnt speak clear English so this is a big plus. Even though there is a big drought problem this season in Sri Lanka, we still saw a lot of animals. Gimhana really took an effort to show us all we hoped to see. Even leopard footprints :) Money well spent, thanks a lot Gimhana!
        Written 29 August 2023
      • Jennifer23118
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        5.0 of 5 bubbles
        A must do!
        Gimhana is a great tour guide! We saw a lot of animals and has a lot of knowledge about the animals to be found. He was very patient and made sure we got the best out of our tour! We took a 4 hour tour and it was worth every penny! Even after the tour when we ran into an elephant on the edge of the park he stopped and gave us time to enjoy this beautiful animal. We will never forget this experience, thank you so much! Highly recommended!
        Written 23 August 2023
      • Joran V
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        5.0 of 5 bubbles
        Great experience!
        We had a great experience. The communication before the safari was great, and everything was for a fair price. Very friendly driver with a lot of knowledge about the park. We saw many elephants, deer, crocodiles, two jackals, birds etc.. We highly recommend this trip. Thank you!
        Written 11 August 2023
      • annemargaretl2015
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        5.0 of 5 bubbles
        Worthwhile the stop at UDAWALAWE
        We have just recently returned from Sri Lanka and without doubt one of the highlights would be the safari in Udawalawe National Park. Our driver Gimhana, was very keen in making sure we saw the maximum animals and birds in the park and explained their habits with alot of interesting info. He was respectful of the animals and turned his engine off when we were near. We can recommend Gimhana as a driver as he was polite, answering all our questions happily.
        Written 24 July 2023
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      Benedict
      15 contributions
      5.0 of 5 bubbles
      Dec 2023 • Couples
      Our 4-hour morning private safari with Gimhana in late December 2023 was hands down our favourite experience in Sri Lanka.

      Aside from seeing many elephants, peacocks, falcons, and buffalo in Udawalawe National Park, we were also pleasantly surprised by Gimhana's extensive knowledge of the local wildlife. He took the time to explain their biology, behaviour, and interactions with the local population. Gimhana drives the safari jeep very well and knows how to get close enough to the animals for photos and selfies while also keeping a safe, ethical distance from the wildlife. At one point, we had one beautiful male elephant all to ourselves with no other jeeps around!

      We first enquired with Gimhana via WhatsApp and he responded within minutes. Our communication with Gimhana was effortless due to Gimhana's excellent English. Besides arranging our safari tour, Gimhana also arranged the bulk of our transport during our Sri Lanka trip through his contacts, securing us intercity taxi service at a discounted price.

      The safari jeep was clean and well-maintained. Gimhana was punctual in picking us up at our accommodation at 5.30 am. He took care of purchasing our park entry tickets and provided us with water bottles and local 'Hawaiian cookies'.

      We recommend booking Gimhana's availability in advance and informing him about your travel plans, including whether you require transport during any leg of your travels in Sri Lanka. We highly recommend Gimhana to anyone visiting Udawalawe for a unique safari experience.
      Written 2 January 2024
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      Hi 👋 Thank you so much for this great review. Our vision is to provide amazing wildlife experience to our valued guests and you already experienced it. We are here for you anytime.
      Written 15 March 2024
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      Tina
      London, UK6 contributions
      5.0 of 5 bubbles
      Dec 2022 • Couples
      We had the best day with guide Gimhana! Gimhana genuinely cares about the animals and about you having a great experience. Communication before we went was easy, quick and helpful and the tour was so well priced - by far the best value around. Gimhana’s English is perfect and he is so knowledgeable about all the animals, answering all our questions. We never felt rushed and our tour went 40 minutes over but he never even mentioned it, he just made sure we saw everything, stopping multiple times at each animal even at the end when we had gone over on time. Couldn’t recommend it more - such a wonderful experience.
      Written 31 December 2022
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      Hi Tina, Thank you so much for this great review. Our vision is to provide amazing wildlife experience to our valued guests and you already experienced it. We are here for you anytime.
      Written 2 January 2023
      This response is the subjective opinion of the management representative and not of Tripadvisor LLC.

      Lauren O
      11 contributions
      5.0 of 5 bubbles
      Aug 2023 • Friends
      Gimhana took us on the afternoon safari from 2-6pm. I found his contact details from his website and contacted him via WhatsApp. Arranging the safari with him was easy and he was very accommodating to our days/times we wanted. He advised that we do the afternoon safari as there is a better chance of us seeing the animals we hoped for! He picked us up from the hotel and arrived on time. The safari itself was Incredible and Gimhana was extremely knowledgable about all the animals. He was able to answer all of our questions and tell us many interesting facts about the national park and all of the animals. He knew exactly where to go in the park and at what times for the best chances to see the elephants! We were lucky enough to see elephants, both alone and in herds (we even sore baby elephants that were roughly 1 month old!), buffalo, crocodiles, peacocks, mongoose, deer, zazu (the lion king), storks and many birds. Gimhana didn’t rush us, he was patient and waited as we watched and took pictures the herds of elephants, often moving the jeep so we could get a better look at them! He took amazing pictures that we will treasure forever! Gimhana was polite, respectful and we felt safe with him the whole time. Thank you! Couldn’t recommend him enough
      Written 5 August 2023
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      Hi Lauren, Thank you so much for this great review. Our vision is to provide amazing wildlife experience to our valued guests and you already experienced it. We are here for you anytime.
      Written 12 August 2023
      This response is the subjective opinion of the management representative and not of Tripadvisor LLC.

      Dan F
      5 contributions
      5.0 of 5 bubbles
      Feb 2024 • Family
      Gimhana was an amazing tour guide. From initial organising messages on WhatsApp to meeting on the day, everything was extremely easy.

      We had a young family with a 2 year old and 9 month old and it was very safe with Gimhana driving carefully in the undulating areas.

      On the safari we saw countless elephants, water buffalo’s, crocodiles, peacocks, monkeys + many others.

      We would highly recommend Gimhana for anyone wanting to visit Udawalawe national park.
      Written 8 February 2024
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      Hi 👋 Thank you so much for this great review. Our vision is to provide amazing wildlife experience to our valued guests and you already experienced it. We are here for you anytime.
      Written 16 March 2024
      This response is the subjective opinion of the management representative and not of Tripadvisor LLC.

      Connector14239538592
      3 contributions
      5.0 of 5 bubbles
      Dec 2023 • Couples
      We did the 4-hour morning safari and we could see a lots of elephants with the whole family and many other animals. We can definitely recommend booking the tour because during the safari our guide explained us also a lot about the elephants, the plants and everything. It was an interesting and nice experience.
      Written 20 December 2023
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      Hi! Thank you so much for this great review. Our vision is to provide amazing wildlife experience to our valued guests and you already experienced it. We are here for you anytime.
      Written 2 January 2024
      This response is the subjective opinion of the management representative and not of Tripadvisor LLC.

      Connector220592
      Montreal, Canada8 contributions
      5.0 of 5 bubbles
      Mar 2024 • Couples
      Had a great trip with Gimhana. He picked us up from our hotel and drove us around Udawalawe National Park, stopping frequently when he saw animals to introduce them to us. At the end he dropped is off at the Elephant Transit House to watch the baby elephant orphans getting fed (this is a separate activity that we requested, costs around USD 5 per person).

      We greatly preferred Udawalawe to Yala because it was much less busy and we saw more animals. Would definitely recommend people visit Udawalawe and take a tour with Gimhana. It's only about a one hour drive west of Yala, so could easily do it as a detour on the way home.
      Written 2 March 2024
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      Rebecca
      5 contributions
      5.0 of 5 bubbles
      Mar 2024 • Couples
      We went on this safari tour for my boyfriend’s birthday and he LOVED it!! The guide and driver picked us up on time from a nearby pickup point and were very friendly. The guide was incredibly knowledgeable and both guide and driver had a really good eye for spotting the animals. We saw many elephants up close and saw a crocodile, jackals, many birds and water buffalo. Would highly recommend the 7hr tour starting at 11 to avoid the morning and afternoon rushes, and get enough time to see all the animals. Our favourite activity in Sri Lanka so far.
      Written 15 March 2024
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      Manon L
      1 contribution
      5.0 of 5 bubbles
      Feb 2024 • Couples
      Definitely our favorite part of the trip!

      Gimhana took the time to explain why we didn't see elephants before sunrise and had to wait for it to warm up, while we waited to see crocodiles and buffalo.

      It was well worth the wait, as we were able to see an elephant right in front of us, and he even took the time to make a detour to show us some other animals.

      I couldn't recommend your guide more highly: someone who loves his work and passes on his knowledge!
      Written 3 February 2024
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      Hi 👋 Thank you so much for this great review. Our vision is to provide amazing wildlife experience to our valued guests and you already experienced it. We are here for you anytime.
      Written 16 March 2024
      This response is the subjective opinion of the management representative and not of Tripadvisor LLC.

      Victor S
      1 contribution
      5.0 of 5 bubbles
      Jan 2024 • Couples
      Fantastic trip and fantastic guide!

      The guide Gimhana was very helpful from the first minute of booking. Everything from info, taxi’s to recommendations etc. He speaks good English and is very good at explaining and pointing out everything at the national park. He made the trip feel special and made sure we felt that the trip was worry it - and it sure was worth every penny! I would 110% recommend Gimhanas Safari to everyone going!
      Written 24 January 2024
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      Hi 👋 Thank you so much for this great review. Our vision is to provide amazing wildlife experience to our valued guests and you already experienced it. We are here for you anytime.
      Written 16 March 2024
      This response is the subjective opinion of the management representative and not of Tripadvisor LLC.

      Xe N
      Munich, Germany55 contributions
      5.0 of 5 bubbles
      May 2024 • Couples
      My husband and I recently visited Udalawawe National Park and had an unforgettable experience thanks to our fantastic safari guide, Gimhana. We were amazed by the abundance of wildlife we encountered, from numerous elephants (we saw more than 40 on that day with several baby elephants) to monkeys, crocodiles, buffaloes, deers and peacocks. Gimhana's knowledge and passion for the park and its inhabitants truly enhanced our adventure. The seven-hour tour was well worth it, offering ample time to appreciate the park's beauty and diversity. I highly recommend Udalawawe National Park and Gimhana for an enriching and unforgettable safari experience.
      Written 3 May 2024
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