Wildlife of Sri Lanka Photo Safari

Sri Lanka leopard

The Wildlife of Sri Lanka

Join wildlife photographer Kevin Dooley on this adventure of a lifetime.

Photographer Kevin Dooley

Kevin Dooley is an award-winning Wildlife and Wedding Photographer who grew up in Placitas, New Mexico. At the age of 18, he enlisted into the Navy and served on an aircraft carrier. After he completed his service he returned to New Mexico and opened his own photography studio in Albuquerque which is still running 37 years later. His passion for wildlife photography and Africa, led him to his safari adventures and he eventually opened Idube Photo Safaris. Kevin is a certified FGASA (Field Guide Association of South Africa), Wildlife Guide, a PPA Master Photographer and takes guests from all over the world on amazing photographic safaris in Africa, Alaska, the Amazon, India and Sri Lanka. He also teaches wildlife photography workshops.


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Kumana National Park 

Kumana National Park, once known as Yala East, is located at the southeastern corner of Sri Lanka covering a protected area of 35,664.74ha.

Kumana National Park has been an incredible stronghold for Sri Lankan Leopards (Panthera pardus kotiya). The park adjoins Kudumbigala Sanctuary and Yala Block 2, providing further habitats for leopards to extend their behavioral landscape.

From south, the park is bordered by the Kumbukkan River which is also the far east borders of Yala National park block ii and east is covered by the southern part of the eastern coast which runs till Panama Village (the last populated settlement in the southeastern coast).

Diverse ecosystem provides finest habitats for Sri Lankan mammalian species such as spotted deer, wild boar, elephant, leopard sloth bear, golden jackal, sambar, stripe necked mongoose etc. Kumana is also famously known as a location where original wild water buffaloes still exist.

Apart from diverse fauna and flora, Kumana is considered as a site where ancient cave inscriptions are discovered which date back to the 1st and 2nd Centuries BC. Bambaragasthalawa, Bowaththe Galge & Kiripokuna ruins are evident examples of ancient settlements within the park. Remnants of large tanks are solid proof that the heartland of Ruhuna, one of the most important cultivated zones in the first millennium, was located within Kumana and Yala perimeters.


April 22nd   Arrive Colombo. City Tour if time permits.   Overnight Colombo Hotel and Meals on Own Cost

April 22  Early arrival or Hotel Pick UP

Upon landing at Bandaranaike International Airport close to Colombo you will be warmly welcomed by your safari guides and you will be begin your long journey to the wild frontier in the deep South Eastern corner of the island. Your journey will take approximately 8 hours, hence adequate snacks and refreshments will be provided as well as pit stops en-route to make your drive as comfortable as possible. 

En-route you will stop over at a restaurant for lunch before continuing the journey to your destination. This would be a very scenic drive with covers many parts of rural Sri Lanka and you can observe many day to day activities of the locals as well as the lush green cultivations, forests and jungles as well as distant mountain landscapes as you drive along. 

Finally reaching your destination, the remove village of Panama (pronounced Paanama), you will be welcomed at the lodge which will be your home for the next 7 nights, and after some light refreshments and check in you will spend the remainder of the evening at leisure after a long day. 

Dinner will be served at the lodge , and it is recommended to have an early night in anticipation of the exciting game drives to come in the next few days. 

Accommodation- Wild Edge Panama

Meals- Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner 

, 23, 24, 25 , 26 ,27 and 28th April 

Your morning would begin very early in the morning. Meet at the lounge area for some tea and coffee by 4.45 AM, and thereafter set off on your safari jeeps by 5.15 AM towards the Kumana National Park gate. The drive will take you though the buffer zone and will approximately take you 45- 50 minutes to reach the park gate. 

En-route you will witness the magnificent sunset over the wilderness, and its best to keep an eye out for leopards while driving through the buffer zone as well. 

Once you enter the park gates your real safari will begin. Your naturalist guides and safari drivers will be on the lookout for signs of the Sri Lankan Leopard the largest sub-species in the leopard family. 

Currently studies have identified at 66 individual leopards in the park but the actual numbers are estimated to be over 100 individuals. 

The iconic sightings of leopards in this habitat would be atop the many rocky outcrops scattered across the park as well as the many trees. Being the apex predators of the island though these felines are unafraid to walk confidently during daytime. Unlike in Africa and India the Sri Lankan leopard has no competition hence are seen in close proximities at times with no fear of humans. 

Your game drive will also cover many other species of game which includes the Sri Lankan Elephant, Sri Lankan Sloth Bear, The Wild Asiatic Water Buffalo, The Spotted Deer which is the main prey species of the leopard, the Sambhur Deeer as well as Wild Boar to name a few. 

The key to tracking leopards in Sri Lanka is to listen to the many alarm calls of prey species as well observing the pug marks on the road. Your safari drivers and naturalist guides will be well intune to these clues and work towards locating these elusive and yet majestic predators. 

By mid day you will head back towards the park gate to receive your freshly made lunch. After enjoying your meal continue on your full day game drive until 6.00 PM where you will exit the park and head back to your lodge for dinner and overnight stay. 

Accommodation- Wild Edge Panama

Meals- Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner 

29th    April

Enjoy your breakfast at the resort and thereafter proceed to head out to Negombo

Accommodation- Hotel Goldi Sands 

Meals- Breakfast, Lunch 

30th April

After breakfast at your hotel proceed to checkout and head back towards the airport (2.5 hours drive) for your return flight home or Delhi for Tigers. 

Sri Lanka leopards

Safari Cost

Air Fair and additional hotel nights not included


$ 4999


$ 5599
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