We booked an evening and full day safari in Yala and were extremely impressed with the amount of wildlife we were able to see, thanks to the skill and knowledge of our driver. Some highlights were a young tusker enjoying his bath, a crocodile hunting a wild pig and two magnificent leopards. The jeeps were very comfortable and the envy of other travelers in the national park! Shehan safari was also able to arrange transport for us down the coast from Tissa to Mirissa at a very reasonable price and with little notice. I have already recommended Shehan jeep safaris to colleagues in Canada travelling to Sri Lanka: he provides great service and excellent value for money
We have just got back from a 2 days safari at Shehan Safari in Yala - wow what can I say - a wonderful experience from start to finish. The safaris was extremely well run with the most amazing service and food & were well driven and the staff provided plenty of information and great routes aorund the area - we saw leopards, elephants, water buffalo, deer, eagle, crocodiles and numerous other birds and animals. The vehicle was very comfortable and the driver, he had eagle eyes to spot animals. They paid attention to our 2 children and also took time play in the beach which they loved. We cannot fault our safaris at all and would recommend it
A great job by Shehan Safari Jeep Tours- our guide had an uncanny ability to spot virtually invisible wildlife in all directions! Service was excellent - very professional and accommodating, even when we had to change our dates at short notice, they made sure we were looked after. These guys clearly take pride in the natural beauty of their home country and obviously enjoy what they do. Overall this made for an unforgettable experience.
Cammilla & George
Everything was as I had read in previous guest's reviews...great hosts, well prepared jeeps, comfortable, excellent food and the time just flies by! Shehan looked after us for the two days. I'm fairly serious about my photography and it was so nice that they share that same passion. They did everything they could to get the most out of the short time I was there...
We had a the most amazing 2 days with Shehan Safaris. The guides were brilliant and spotted everything we could ask for us. There was a bit of a lack of leopards at the time because there'd been some heavy rain on 1st day and they'd all scarpered, but the guides and driver stayed in touch with all other drivers and when one was spotted raced us to a prime sighting spot immediately - brilliant! The driver/guide very polite and helpful and fun and friendly. The meals was exceptional. The food was fab too - they arranged picnic lunch and when we said that we really fancied Sri lankan food (Fried rice, Fried chicken, Veg salad, Pappadam, dhal curry!) Wonderful stuff.
Thanks again for everything and we will definitely recommend you to all our friends! Hopefully see you again sometime :)
Ronald and Hunny(UK)
Die Führung des Shehan yala Safari Jeep Tours ist professionell, kompetent und schnell bei Spotting Tiere in der freien Wildbahn. Unser Reiseleiter und Busfahrer Shehan, war die erste Führung um einen Leoparden auf 2 verschiedenen Gelegenheiten zu erkennen. besten Wey, die Leoparden in Yala National Park zu sehen. www.yalasafari.lk
My experience in Yala with this agency was fantastic! Shehan arranged the perfect tour for us, all the accommodations (high quality) he chose for us and also the itinerary were great. The tour was very well organized in time and everything and Shehan Had some nice details with us. The guides were really professional and shared all their knowledge about nature with us. Shehan and Anush were perfect guides. Shehan was a very good safari guide because he knew so much about wildlife, it was obvious that he loved nature... He explained to us all the details related to animals life in Yala and Udawalawe Parks!!... Shehan Safari jeep tours is the perfect agency for your safari.
I traveled throughout Yala on a private Safari with Shehan Safaris for 2 days and let me say it was the best experience of my life! I've traveled throughout the world and Shehan Safaris was better than I could have imagined. I watched other larger tour companies pass by while our guide was looking around and found the 2 male Leopards on the rock that other trucks passed. The other guides were too busy driving to notice. We saw everything and close up too and I learned so much about the animals. The stories he told I will take with me for a lifetime. Our guide/driver he was so knowledgeable about the animals and the geology of the land. He definitely took care of us, watched out for us, and entertained us with his knowledge. I can't wait to go back. I highly recommend this company for those searching for an enjoyable, informative and well planned adventure.
Richard and Wife
We booked with Shehan initially online before going to Sri Lanka. Our emails were answered very promptly & with good information. Our decision to book was later re-enforced by our Sri Lankan driver who described Shehan as "the only safari business that get's results". We recommend if you have the time to take the full day safaris as it saves on driving back & forth. Over 2 days we came up trumps with leopards, elephants, birds, snakes, etc... Our driver/guide proved to have the knack of finding just about anything & putting you in the right place. The trip was well catered and the vehicle well suited for both travelling & photographing. We would strongly recommend Shehan Safaris as the way to see the wildlife of Yala National Park.
Shane and Family
There were a great variety of animals that we saw and the view was also fantastic especially with the sunset. However, I would recommend that in order to go and see the animals you would go early morning or late afternoon because you won't see a lot of animals while there is heat. Nice safari in my life and Shehan has very good knowledge about wild life.
Early morning start and entrance fee totally worth it. We saw so many animals, even were lucky to see leopard (from a little distance ) Elephants were very close, females with babies and one big pregnant elephant. Lots of birds! Enjoyed it very much. Only disadvantage is too many jeeps with 1 or 2 tourists on board. This should be better organized and local authorities should not allowed half empty jeeps to the park - consider enviroment and this stunning place, less cars the better. Any I would like to highly recommend Shehan Jeep safari in yala.
Jane and Michel
Good tour of the park, got to see many animals, also got to be one of the first in the park as we got up very early. Lots to see in the park, there was not much interaction with our guide and it did feel like we were being taken from one place to the next without any real reason.
We went on a 5 - 12 leopard safari with Nisa of Yala Safari. He was recommended by the owners of Flower Garden hotel. I am glad that, I listened to them in the first place. We had an excellent time at the park. Nisa is very experienced and has good knowledge about the animals in the park. He is very enthusiastic and did his best to make us feel comfortable during our trip in the park. He made sure that we were the first to enter the park. This increased our chances of spotting leopards and sloth bear. He is familiar with all the hot spots in the jungle where one can find leopards. He provided us with fruits and bottled water, which was much needed in a 5 hour safari. He was very kind to you and answered all our questions to the best of his knowledge. He went out of way to pick us up from Tissamaharama bus stop, which is something worth mentioning. We were lucky to spot sloth bear, 4 - leopards, 8 elephants, foxes , deers, crocs and other birds. The charges are nominal. I highly recommend Shehan's safari to one and all.
We did the safari in July 2014 and were more than satisfied with everything.
We first struggled deciding which tour operator to choose since Private Tours' prices seem to be above average. But let me assure you this: it's worth the additional money.
The most stunning animal we were able to see was a Leopard and that for only one reason: we did not drive on the main path. Since the jeep was a proper 4x4 we could go off the main roads and leave the crowds behind (the main roads in the park are very busy). Additionally, our jeep was not stuffed with people. There was enough space to change seats and sides to really get the most out of everything.
Apparently, there are also some serious scams regarding some of the offers you get in Shehan Safari - Private Tours is your safe bet!
To sum it up: we had a great day and can recommend Shehan Safaris Private Tours to anyone!
We were very lucky to find Shehan (Shehan safaris private tours) to do safari at yala and saw many animals. Lots of crocodiles, deer, elephants, bear, many many kind of birds (hornbills), and three leopards. We went on 05 – 12 special safari and had a very compatible nice jeep, so we could move around and stop whenever we wanted. We were among the first to spot the leopard and it was amazing. There was not any jeep. I really enjoyed and thanks Shehan for everything.
We had a full day safari with Shehan Safaris, that was one of the best experiences in Sri Lanka. We saw all the animals the Yala National Park can offer...water buffalos, elephants, monkeys, etc. at the end of the day we had the chance to see a leopard two times! Muthu is a very good driver, he was very kind and did the best so we can enjoy our safari. The food we got for lunch :) we enjoyed the meal with the monkeys around us eagerly waiting for the leftovers :)))