Safety Tips

Adhere to the following tips and you are sure to take away great memories of the park.

  • Your guide – Always be attentive to his advice and recommendations
  • Don’t watch an animal at close range. – If do, you should be careful of its behavior and move away as soon as it starts appearing agitated. It’s not possible to tell when an animal will decide to step into the middle of the road. Remember, you have to stop if this happens.
  • Alcohol – Do not enter under the influence or take into the park
  • Do not cross boundaries or other demarcated areas – They are there for your safety
  • Respect the freedom of wild animals – Do not feed or get too close to them. You could harm their health and be involved in a serious injury
  • Do not drop litter – Litter can be digested by park animals and result in serious injury to them. Litter will also harm the pristine natural environment of the park
  • Be prepared for bad weather – Rain protection is a good idea
  • Take preventive measures against mosquitoes and other biting insects – Keep insect repellent handy and use often
  • Wear comfortable clothing – Cotton, and other breathable light colored clothing is recommended
  • Stay hydrated – Take plenty of drinking water, wear a hat and use sunscreen
  • Observe wildlife quietly – Do not harass or chase wildlife. It is stressful to the animals
  • Be aware of your surroundings – Ensure that sounds such as flowing water do not mask your arrival. Do not talk or laugh loudly.
  • Stay in your vehicle at all times – Do not stray away from your vehicle, lean out or stand on the roof
  • If confronted with a predator – Never run away. Slowly walk backward while getting the advice of your guide

Quick Facts

  • Safety tips at the Wilpattu National park are designed to keep you and your loved ones out of harms way and to maximise viewing pleasure at the park.

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