Minneriya National Park: Elephant Gathering Private Safari

Outdoor Activities in The Hill Country

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Watch the Great Elephant Gathering at Minneriya National Park on this 3-hour private jeep safari. Accompanied by a driver cum guide, view the elephants eating, bathing, and playing in their natural environment. If you are lucky inside the park, it’s possible to see leopards, deer, wild buffalo, wild pigs, grey langers, purple-faced leaf monkeys, peacocks and assorted birds .
Meet your driver/guide at your Polonnaruwa or Habarana hotel at 5:30am or 2:00pm for your 3-hour jeep safari tour of Minneriya National Park. Experience “The Gathering,” a name given to the elephants that assemble on the banks of the Minneriya Reservoir during the dry season. According to wildlife authorities, the Minneriya gathering is the largest grouping of wild Asian elephants at any given time. View the famous elephants as they graze on the grasses growing on the tank bed. Perhaps you’ll spot any of the park’s diverse wildlife, including leopards, sloth bears, deer, wild buffalo, wild pigs, grey langers, purple-faced leaf monkeys, porcupines, and assorted birds. At the end of the safari, head back to Polonnaruwa or Habarana. Depending on the location of your hotel, choose to visit photo stop at sunset of the Minneriya Tank and the standing big Buddha at Giritale.  When your tour is complete, your vehicle will return you to your hotel.

What’s included

  • Professional driver cum guide
  • Hotel pickup and drop-off (Polonnaruwa and Habarana city area hotels only)
  • Private Jeep safari

What’s not included

  • Entrance fees to Minneriya Park (Usd 15+Tax per person)
  • Food and drink
  • Hotel pickup and drop-off, if outside of Polonnaruwa or Habarana city area (For hotels in Sigiriya or Dambulla, pickup and drop-off can be arranged for an additional fee)
  • Gratuities (optional)


  • See native wildlife in their natural environment
  • Free hotel pickup and drop-off included
  • Choice of several departures throughout the day
  • Enjoy a day away from the hustle and bustle of the city
  • Get up-close to native wildlife