Hidden Elephant Trails

Our Sri Lanka wildlife safaris and tours will get you trekking through the untapped nature of Sri Lanka with local tour guides to help you along the way

Are you brave enough to try a few wildlife trails known only to a few of us?

Join us on hidden elephant trails across three to four provinces in Sri Lanka. A non intrusive safari on trails known only to a few of us, where the time of day doesn't matter. Where we can safari on foot, in the comfort of a 4WD and even at night to see wild elephants herding together in pockets of jungles! We don’t invade their space but it makes for some amazing wildlife encounters. The tour includes some great privately guided safaris inside Wilpattu or Yala, Minneriya or Kaudulla and Gal Oya National Parks too. But going off the beaten path lies at the heart of this holiday. Paths where nature is untouched. Let the inner you connect with the last real wilderness in Sri Lanka.

Sri Lanka Tailor-Made. Just for you!

  • Duration:

    10 nights / 11 days

  • When to go:

    In July and September only.

  • Accommodation:

    Affordable luxury 4*-5* Hotels and beautiful jungle lodges, Tree-top or boulder cottages, Tented Camping on single or double occupancy.

  • Is this holiday for me?

    An invitational small group safari for keen wildlife enthusiasts and amateur or professional wildlife photographers who love to go off the beaten path.

  • Activity level:

    High.

  • Can it be tailor-made?

    The route can’t be varied, but it has been designed so you can add bolt-on visits to see Sri Lanka’s culture and the beaches.

  • Is it a private tour?

    No. It’s an exclusive Ayu in the Wild invitational group safari for just 5 incredibly lucky guests. You will travel in a private chauffeur driven vehicle while each experience will be hosted only for your group by a local who is part of our team of location specific guides.

  • How much will these experiences cost?

    Send us an enquiry to cost out this holiday for you.

Tour Details

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Guest Comments

while I’ve seen plenty of wild elephants in Kenya and Ghana, I’ve never been this close to them!
Natalie L – USA

FAQs

FAQs on this experiential holiday

  • Can I make this a longer/shorter tour:

    No, but we can add on extensions to other places at the start or end of the tour.

  • Is this Sri Lanka tour available all year?

    No.

  • Can I have a mix of luxury and value Accommodation:

    The tour is based on affordable luxury accommodation chosen for their excellent access to the remote wilderness experiences we offer on this tour.

  • How much traveling is involved?

    A lot. You need to be prepared for long journeys on some days through some beautiful landscapes, early wake up calls to travel to remote locations where the elephants are on the move.

  • Can I end the tour with a beach stay and which coast should I choose?

    Yes, we can add on a beach stay. From November to April, the West, South West and Deep South of the island are bathed in sunshine and with calm seas. You can stay along this coast even in the Summer months of July and August but seas are slightly rough. From May to October, you find some of the world’s best beaches in the stunning East Coast where you can wade out for hundreds of feet into the clear blue shallow seas.

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    Tour - hidden elephant trails - Going off the beaten path

    Going off the beaten path

    Tour Hidden Elephant trails - When the search for water ends

    When the search for water ends

    Tour Hidden Ele trails - Gathering in Minneriya

    Gathering in Minneriya

    Tour - Hidden Ele trails - Giving them their space

    Giving them their space

    Tour Hidden ele trails - Meal time

    Meal time

    Tour - Hidden ele trails - Up close

    Up close

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