Wildlife photography in Sri Lanka

Wild Sri Lanka – May 2025 – Leopards Of Wilpattu & Yala

Leopard : Deer : Buffalo : Wild Boar : Mongoose : Wild dogs : birds : Sloth Bears

Date: 5th – 16th May 2025

Group Size: 4

Full Price: US$5,490
Deposit: US$1000

FULLY BOOKED

Join us on an unforgettable journey through the lush jungles of Sri Lanka, where you’ll have the chance to capture stunning images of majestic leopards and other exotic wildlife on this thrilling wildlife photography expedition.

We travel through the wilderness of Wilpattu and Yala National Parks in search of the “Lord Of The Jungle” – The mighty Leopard – (Panthera pardus kotiya).

While our main focus will be on photographing the elusive leopard (Panthera pardus kotiya), we’ll also have the opportunity to encounter a diverse array of creatures, including deer, buffalo, wild boar, mongoose, wild dogs, and an abundance of vibrant bird species. With luck on our side, we might even catch a glimpse of the elusive Sloth Bear. This promises an exhilarating photography holiday brimming with endless photo opportunities.

Led by an experienced guide and photographer, our expedition will take you off the beaten path to uncover hidden treasures and witness rare wildlife in their natural habitat. Our small group size, limited to a maximum of four guests, ensures personalized attention and flexibility throughout the tour. This allows us to adapt our plans effortlessly, dedicating ample time to each location and maximizing our chances of capturing extraordinary moments.

Every moment presents a unique opportunity to capture breathtaking photographs, and with our carefully curated itinerary, you’ll be poised to seize each one. Don’t miss out on this unparalleled adventure for photography enthusiasts seeking an immersive wildlife experience in the heart of Sri Lanka’s wilderness.

Itinerary

Arrival Day – 4th May 2025.

To ensure we are all on the ground and ready for Day 1, the hotel room for the night before the start of the tour is included in your package.

Participants to make own way to the designated city hotel. This hotel room is included in the tour price. (Excluding meals and beverages)

During the evening we take time to meet and greet other participants and discuss the tour.

Day 1

Morning road journey to Wilpattu by chartered bus. (BLD)

**Afternoon photo safari – depending on arrival time.

Day 2 ~ 4

Full day photo safaris.

We venture deep into the wilderness of Wilpattu National Park in search of elusive Leopard. (BLD)

Day 5 ~ 6

We traverse the beautiful countryside as we make our journey over to our next location – The fabled Yala National Park.

Overnight stay in Colombo on day 5. (BLD)

**Afternoon photo safari on Day 6 – Depending on arrival time.

Day 7 ~ 10

Morning And Afternoon photo safaris

We venture deep into the jungle of Yala National Park in search of elusive Leopard. (BLD)

Day 11

By mid morning, we leave for Galle, en-route we stop to photograph the picturesque stlit fishermen. (BLD)

Day 12

After a hearty breakfast, we proceed to Colombo International Airport. (B)

The Tour ends at Colombo International Airport.

We say our farewells and then depart for our respective homeward bound transfers.

Accommodation

Accommodation:

  • Comfortable western style hotels with a warm Asian feel.
  • Single room accommodation for the entire tour. You do not need to share your room at any location.
  • Double / Twin rooms are available upon request.
  • (Additional expense will be confirmed at booking )
  • Please make any dietary needs known when you fill in the online booking form.
Included

What is included:

  • All accommodation and meals (BLD – see schedule) during your tour.
  • Meals as indicated (B = Breakfast, L = Lunch, D = Dinner)
  • Internal bus (Chartered) transfers for the entire trip. Ample space for all!
  • All location admission fees.
Excluded

What is NOT included:

  • Your flight / transportation cost to / from Colombo International Airport.
  • Hotels costs while travelling prior to the start or after the photo tour.
  • Costs of meals / beverages on arrival day 1.
  • You are advised to schedule your arrival a day before the start of the photo tour, this not only reduces the impact of any international flight delays, but also enables international guests to sleep off any jet lag.
  • Your travel and medical Insurance.
  • Visa fees (If applicable).
  • Laundry, phone calls, Internet use (most places will have free WiFi).
  • Any kind of drinks (alcoholic, non-alcoholic, mineral, aerated).
  • Snacks, souvenirs, tips.
Insurance

Insurance:

You are advised to take out comprehensive insurance to cover your entire time on the tour.

Your insurance should at least cover the following  –  medical, travel, camera equipment, in addition to any other areas you deem required.

Personal Care Information

Personal Care Information:

Please seek professional medical advice from your doctor/GP/physician on your intention to travel to an area of extreme heat. Vaccination might be required prior to travel!!

We will be travelling in rural Sri Lanka, where little medical facilities will be available. Please ensure you bring any necessary medication along.

Participants with any form of breathing difficulties or health issues with extreme heat are advised to seek medical advice before booking a place on this tour.

Scheduling Your Arrival

Scheduling Your Arrival:

It is imperative you ensure your flight arrives in Colombo at least a day before the start of the tour.

What Do You Need For This Tour?

What Do You Need For This Tour?

  • Love to travel and a passion for wildlife photography – All levels welcome – Newbies to Guru!
  • At bare minimum a camera (film or digital) and a telephoto lens. Note: A long range 300 – 600mm telephoto lens is ideal for this tour.
  • Light clothing – Long sleeve shirt and trousers, hat, and trekking boots – It will be very warm / hot. Trust me!
  • During the tour the average temperature in Yala will be 30° Celsius (86° Fahrenheit) >>It is imperative you wear appropriate clothing<< The early morning and evening being the coolest time of the day.
  • A relatively good level of fitness (Long hours are spent driving around the jungle)

NOTE: Full details on what you need bring along and how to fully prepare for your adventure will be sent along with your confirmed booking details

Booking & Cancellation Policy & Fees

Booking & Cancellation Policy & Fees

Booking your Place on the Tour:

Booking deposit – Non Refundable.

You can book online through this website by either paying the deposit or full payment upfront.

If you pay the deposit, then the full Balance payment must be made 120 days prior to the start of the photo tour.

Your booking and place on the photo tour will be confirmed once all forms and deposit are received.

Booking and Payment Methods: 

Online bookings here on this website:

You can choose between paying with a card (processed via Stripe) or Bank Transfer. Please note that card payments are all done using Stripe, and no one involved with this website will see your card details, and neither will they be stored on this server. If you choose to save your card details for future purchases, the details are saved securely on the Stripe server, and not this website.

Payment should be made in currencies quoted on the tour page.

Please complete the online booking form after paying the deposit or full amount.

Cancellation Policy / Fees / Refunds:

  1. All cancellation notices must be sent by email and will become effective as of the date of the email receipt.
  2. Cancellations made 90 days or more before the tour start date – The full 100% of the balance payment will be refunded. The booking deposit is non refundable.

Cancellation Fee: 100% of booking deposit only.

  1. Cancellations made 89 to 31 days before the tour start date – 50% of the balance payment will be refunded. The booking deposit is non refundable

Cancellation Fee: 50% of Balance payment, 100% of booking deposit.

  1. Cancellations made 30 days or less before the tour start date – No refund of the balance payment nor booking deposit can be made. We can accept no further liability.

Cancellation Fee: 100% of balance payment, 100% booking deposit.

  1. Any bank transfer charges incurred due to payment refunds will deducted from the amount due for refund.

 

Travel Insurance:

We travel to some remote and exotic locations, it is mandatory that you arrange comprehensive medical and travel insurance before the start of the photo tour and that covers for the entire period of your travel and photo tour.

Your insurance should at least cover the following – Life, Medical, Travel, Camera equipment, in addition to any other areas you deem required!!

You will be required to produce a copy of the insurance certificate prior start of the photo tour.

Questions:

We have tried to keep the rules and policy conditions very simple, but if you have any questions about the tours, policies, or would like to discuss your specific circumstances or ask any questions at all, please contact us as soon as possible at info@adephotography.com

or you can call us  on the number below-

Tel No: +81 3 5542-0879 (Timezone GMT +9)

Please note: If you live outside Japan, international long distance dialing rates may apply.

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