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Private Tour: The Great Elephant Gathering Safari in Minneriya

Private Tour: The Great Elephant Gathering Safari in Minneriya - Minneriya, Sri Lanka

Duration: 3 hours
Location: Minneriya, Sri Lanka

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$33.00

The Great Elephant Gathering Safari in Minneriya is a seasonal safari which takes you to see the biggest gathering of Asian elephants in the world. Enjoy seeing the gentle giants of the animal kingdom ... More info ›

The Great Elephant Gathering Safari in Minneriya is a seasonal safari which takes you to see the biggest gathering of Asian elephants in the world. Enjoy seeing the gentle giants of the animal kingdom. Get closer to nature as you watch them feed, bathe and play right before your eyes. You will also be entitled for a complimentary pickup and drop off if you stay in a hotel within 5km of the entrance gate of Minneriya National Park.

SKU: LK50100000

You will begin your Great Elephant Gathering Safari at the entrance gates of Minneriya National Park at 2:30pm in the afternoon. If you are staying in a hotel within a 5km radius of the entrance gate of Minneriya, you will be receiving a complimentary pickup.

Sri Lanka has a very high count of Asian elephants. It is believed that there are over 4000 elephants spread over many areas of the island, with over 2500 being in protected areas. The North Central Province has a fairly large concentration of the animals.

Minneriya National Park, which is one of the main areas where elephants can be seen, was formed around the artificial reservoir created by King Mahasena in the third century AD. Over the ages, the area around the reservoir became a haven for wildlife and was later declared a wildlife sanctuary and national park.

During the months from August to October the water levels of the reservoir goes down, allowing a fresh growth of plants to rise from the newly revealed ground. During this season elephants from the areas around Minneriya, such as Polonnaruwa, Trincomalee, Matale and Kaudulla, make their way to Minneriya National Park in order to feed on the fresh growth. This results in a large influx of elephants gathering on the banks of the reservoir. At the peak of the Great Elephant Gathering, it is believed that over 200 elephants gather at the same place, making it the largest gathering of Asian elephants in the world.

You will be visiting the banks of the reservoir in a jeep, and watching from a safe distance. As the sun sinks in the sky, you will see the awe-striking sight of large numbers of huge elephants flowing in from all directions. You can watch from mere feet away as whole families of the mammals feed and play. Watch the giant pool party where large glistening bodies roll in the water, and spray it into the air. See the most incredible sight that you can never see anywhere else in the world.

In addition to the elephants, other wildlife such as various species of deer, monkeys, the Sri Lankan sloth bear, crocodiles and many different species of birds can also be seen in Minneriya National Park. You will be finishing your safari at 5:30pm at the entrance gates. If you stay in a hotel within a 5km radius of the entrance gates you will be entitled to a complimentary drop off right at your hotel.

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Private Tour: Kaudulla National Park Safari

Private Tour: Kaudulla National Park Safari - Minneriya, Sri Lanka

Duration: 3 hours
Location: Minneriya, Sri Lanka

From USD
$45.00

This safari takes you on an exclusive 3-hour tour of Kaudulla National Park. Get an opportunity to see the high biodiversity of Sri Lanka in the form of its rare and endemic wildlife and avian species ... More info ›

This safari takes you on an exclusive 3-hour tour of Kaudulla National Park. Get an opportunity to see the high biodiversity of Sri Lanka in the form of its rare and endemic wildlife and avian species. You get the option of going on a morning safari or an evening safari.

SKU: LK50040100

Your safari starts from the entrance gate of Kaudulla National Park. You will receive a complimentary pickup from your hotel if you stay within a 5km radius of the entrance gate. You will start at 5:30am if you opt for the morning safari, or 2:30 pm if you opt for the evening safari.

Kaudulla National Park is based around an irrigation tank built by a king of times long past. Now it is surrounded by dry evergreen forests and is home many species of mammals, birds, reptiles and fish. Kaudulla was identified as an Important Bird and Biodiversity area (IBA) by Birdlife International recently.

Upon visiting, you have a chance to catch sight of the rare grey slender loris, sloth bear or chevrotain. These along with the Sri Lankan sambar deer, Sri Lankan axis deer, and wild boar are among the 24 species of mammals found here. Kaudulla is also believed to be the only national park in Sri Lanka that has albino axis deer, though the only evidence found so far is an orphaned deer calf found in the park.

The Sri Lankan elephant movement is a regular annual sight in Kaudulla. They move to Minneriya in the dryer months in search of more water and food. However they move back from Minneriya to Kaudulla around September which has water even among the driest months. They are best seen during the evenings.

You can also see bird species such as the spot-billed pelican or the lesser adjutant, which number among the 160 or so species that visit Kaudulla or call it home. There are also quite a few species of reptiles including the Indian Black Turtle and the Indian Flap-shelled Turtle, or fish such as the Mozambique Tilapia that you might get to see.

You will be completing your safari at the end of three hours. If you went on a morning safari, you will finish at 8:30 am; and if it was an evening safari, you will finish at 5:30 pm.

Please Advise which safari would you like to go on when you making the booking.


SKU: LK50040100

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Private Tour: Minneriya National Park Safari

Private Tour: Minneriya National Park Safari - Minneriya, Sri Lanka

Duration: 3 hours
Location: Minneriya, Sri Lanka

From USD
$45.00

This safari takes you on an exclusive ride through the Minneriya National Park which is highly famed for its elephants and wildlife. The three-tour options allow you to select whether you wish to watch wildlife during their morning activities, evening activities or even throughout the day ... More info ›

This safari takes you on an exclusive ride through the Minneriya National Park which is highly famed for its elephants and wildlife. The three-tour options allow you to select whether you wish to watch wildlife during their morning activities, evening activities or even throughout the day. You also get a complimentary pickup and drop-off if you’re staying within a 5km limit of the entrance.


Your safari will start at 5:30 am if you choose the Morning Safari options; or at 2:30 pm if you choose the Evening Safari option. If your hotel is within a 5km radius to the entrance gate, you will also receive a complimentary pickup from your hotel. If not, you will meet your guide at the entrance guide during your selected departure time.

The park has many land types and growth. Wetlands mix in with agricultural land and rocky outcrops, and forests walk hand in hand with scrublands. This also means that the types of wildlife and birds that live in the park or visit it are quite varied.

You may get to see a crocodile or even an extremely rare grey slender loris if you’re lucky. A little herd of deer may visit the Minneriya reservoir as you watch early in the morning. If you plan your safari to the months of August, September or October you might get a chance to see the elephant congregation named the ‘Elephant Gathering’ with its collective number of over 150 elephants in one place. It’s said that the elephants arrive from all surrounding areas for this gathering annually.

If you opt for the evening safari, which is the best time to see this park, you can also see the elephants taking their daily bath and watch the many different kinds of birds heading off to their nests at the end of the day.

After you complete your half-day watching nature in action, you will return back to the hotel. If you select the morning tour option you will finish your tour at 8:30am. If you select the evening tour option you will finish the tour at 5:30 pm. If your hotel is within a 5km radius of the entrance gate you will receive a complimentary drop-off right to your hotel as well.

Please Advise which safari would you like to go on when you making the booking.


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Private Jeep Safari Tour: Elephant Gathering Safari in Minneriya Park

Private Jeep Safari Tour: Elephant Gathering Safari in Minneriya Park - Minneriya, Sri Lanka
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Duration: 3 hours
Location: Minneriya, Sri Lanka

From USD
$49.00

Watch the Great Elephant Gathering at Minneriya National Park on this 3-hour private jeep safari. Accompanied by a driver cum guide, view the elephants eating, bathing, and playing in their natural environment ... More info ›

Watch the Great Elephant Gathering at Minneriya National Park on this 3-hour private jeep safari. Accompanied by a driver cum guide, view the elephants eating, bathing, and playing in their natural environment. If you are lucky inside the park, it’s possible to see leopards, deer, wild buffalo, wild pigs, grey langers, purple-faced leaf monkeys, peacocks and assorted birds .

Meet your driver/guide at your Polonnaruwa or Habarana hotel at 5:30am or 2:00pm for your 3-hour jeep safari tour of Minneriya National Park.

Experience “The Gathering,” a name given to the elephants that assemble on the banks of the Minneriya Reservoir during the dry season. According to wildlife authorities, the Minneriya gathering is the largest grouping of wild Asian elephants at any given time.

View the famous elephants as they graze on the grasses growing on the tank bed. Perhaps you’ll spot any of the park’s diverse wildlife, including leopards, sloth bears, deer, wild buffalo, wild pigs, grey langers, purple-faced leaf monkeys, porcupines, and assorted birds.

At the end of the safari, head back to Polonnaruwa or Habarana. Depending on the location of your hotel, choose to visit photo stop at sunset of the Minneriya Tank and the standing big Buddha at Giritale. 

When your tour is complete, your vehicle will return you to your hotel.

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