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Which is better- a Morning or Afternoon Safari in Yala National Park?



When it comes to deciding between a morning or afternoon safari in Yala National Park, it really depends on what you're hoping to see and experience.


At Wild Lotus Yala, our morning safaris typically start early, with most guests leaving the villa around 5:30 am. The early start gives a feeling of adventure and excitement as you head out into the park in our open air Land Rover as the sun is just peeking over the horizon. Morning safaris can also be a great option if you want to see animals that are more active in the cooler temperatures of the morning. During this time, you might have a better chance of spotting leopards, elephants, and birds. In addition, the morning safaris free up the rest of your day to relax around the pool or do a bike tour around our village.


Our afternoon safaris usually start around 2:30 pm and are a great option if you want the chance to see nocturnal animals and witness the beauty of the sunset in the park. You might spot animals like the leopard, sloth bear, and even a jackal or two as they become more active in the cooler temperatures of the late afternoon. Additionally, the "golden hour" lighting during this time can create a magical atmosphere, making for some truly memorable photo opportunities.


Our afternoon Wild Lotus Safari guests return around 6:30, just in time for a bonfire and an al fresco feast prepared by our in house chef.


Ultimately, there's no right or wrong choice when it comes to choosing between a morning or afternoon safari. It really depends on your own preferences and what you hope to see and experience in the park.


Many guests choose to do a full day safari to maximize their chances of seeing wildlife and enjoying their Sri Lankan safari experience to the fullest.


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