Uda Walawe National Park spans an incredible 30 hectors and at its centre is the Uda Walawe Reservoir. Unlike Yala National Park, Uda Walawe is fairly flat with little forested area. Instead it is full of grassland and low shrub, the perfect climate for wildlife sightings in a 4×4. Our morning jeep safari takes you into the park in a 4×4 with an experienced guide and tracker. You will explore this vast park for 3-4 hours, and if you’re lucky you will see herds of elephant, sambar deer, and even crocodile. We feel Uda Walawe best rivals the savannahs of east Africa due to its flat plains, but don’t expect the density of wildlife here. It is however a fun and exhilarating experience in one of Sri Lanka’s most interesting landscapes.
After your game drive you will visit the Elephant Transit Home, an orphanage that is home to over 20 baby elephants. The aim of the simple but effective project is to rehabilitate the young orphaned elephants and release them back into the wild. Please note that the orphaned elephants can only be seen at feeding times, which is 9am, 12pm, 3pm and 6pm. At these times they can be watched from the viewing platform for about twenty minutes while they are given milk. The elephants spend the rest of their time in the park and out of view of people. This is to prepare them for their return to the wild when they are about four years old.