But once you get deeper into the park and find the extended families of female and baby elephants, you'll probably end up in a loose convoy of a dozen jeeps or more. Still, there are plenty of animals to see and the drivers tend to respect each other's space, so you tend to get a uninterrupted view. The sheer number of elephants is impressive, while it is both heartwarming and entertaining to see so many baby elephants stumbling around their mothers and siblings.
Many of the safari vehicles have peel back roofs, allowing the passengers to stick their heads out of the top, but some drivers say they can be dangerous. If you go direct to the driver, you should get a full afternoon safari for about US$35 a head, including the park entrance fee, but before a tip. In August, Kaudulla National Park must be one of the best places to see Asian elephants up close and personal. 8/10