Wilpattu is open from 6 am – 6 pm every day of the year. Wildlife safaris generally last around 3 hours inside the reserve.
The morning safari starts at 6 am, so an early wakeup call at around 5 am would be necessary to leave for the park gate at around 5:45 am from the resort.
The afternoon safaris can be a much more relaxed affair whereby guests can leave after a late lunch to arrive at the park entrance for 2:45 pm.
It is generally accepted that the afternoon safaris are better for wildlife at Wilpattu National Park, especially for those interested in a Leopard or Sloth Bear encounter!