Tips and Tricks for Wildlife Clicks

Like to take better wildlife images and videos?

Join us on a wildlife photography safari.

Hosted by wildlife photographer:

Shane W.G. Bayley

“Join me on an Isle of Smiles Wild Wildlife Photography Safari.”

“Taking a good wildlife photo or video starts well before the camera is in your hand. Gathering information on the animals and birds such as locations, movements, behaviour, seasons, etc., prior to going on a wildlife trip or nature walk, is one of the secrets to creating a good wildlife image.”

Shane W.G. Bayley

“You don’t necessarily need sophisticated camera equipment like this but it can help. Let us show you how to get the best out of your camera, even a small point-and-shoot or phone camera”

Shane W.G. Bayley

Isle of Smiles Wild has wildlife photography safari packages to all major national parks and reserves in Sri Lanka including Yala, Wilpattu, Minneriya, Kaudulla, Sinharaja, Bundala, Uda Walawe, Wasgamuwa, Kumana and Gal Oya.

Special Offer:

“The Gathering” of Elephants at Minneriya and Kaudulla National Parks in August and September 2020.

Elephants in Yala National Park and Sustainable Wildlife Conservation.

Yala used to famous for elephants many years ago. Now elephant numbers are growing again. This is perhaps due to loss of migratory path habitat and encroachment of unauthorised settlements and farming lands.

At Isle of Smiles Wild, we are conscious of the need for sustainable wildlife conservation. Our team members at part of the Wildlife and Nature Protection Society which has a strong voice for the plight of elephants particularly.

Witness “The Gathering” of Elephants.

With Wildlife Photographer – Shane W.G. Bayley.

Witness one of the world’s biggest elephant herds at “The Gathering” at Minneriya and Kaudulla National Parks with Isle of Smiles founder and third generation Sri Lankan wildlife enthusiast and photographer, Shane W.G. Bayley.

Isle of Smiles Wild’s tour and safari packages with Shane’s knowledge of wildlife and photography will bring you closer to the wild experience. Shane will also explain the finer points of wildlife photography.


  • August and September 2020
  • 2 nights Accommodation on Full Board Basis
  • Transport from Colombo in air conditioned vehicle with English speaking driver.
  • Game drive to Minneriya or Kaudulla National Parks.
  • Park entry
  • Safari guide (Shane Bayley)
  • Safari jeep

Priced from Rs.25,000 per person. Minimum group 4 people. Hotel selection: Cinnamon Lodge or Amaara Forest.


Day 1 – Pick up and travel to Habarana. Check in at hotel.

Day 2 – Morning at leisure at the hotel. Afternoon Elephant Safari to witness “The Gathering” with wildlife photographer, Shane W.G. Bayley.

Day 3 – Morning at leisure at hotel. Afternoon travel to Colombo. End of tour.

Options (Extra cost on application):

1. Upgrade to Jetwing Vil Uyana with further optional Slender Loris excursion.

2. Excursion to Sigiriya or Dambulla Cave Temple or Village Experience Tour.

3. Experience agriculture on a Farm Tour.


Let us do the leg work and organise everything. We can even pick you up and drop you back at home. Just sit back and enjoy one of the best wildlife experiences in Sri Lanka.

Contact us at:

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Phone/WhatsApp: 0770716250

or message us from our social media accounts (below).

Photos and video by Shane W. Bayley.

Scenes of Yala National Park

While most of us go to Yala National Park to see the abundant animals and birds, many miss the the sheer beauty of Yala’s scenery and landscapes. We must not lose the big picture that being in a pristine national park like Yala is an experience in nature; the trees, lakes, hills, rocky outcrops and even sunrise and sunset. The animals are only part of the whole wilderness experience. Let #isleofsmileswild by #isleofsmilessrilanka show you the complete picture of Yala.

Thank you to Ratnayaka (#yalasafaribyrathnayaka, +94 77 618 9848) our guide and safari jeep operator partner in Yala for another memorable #yalasafari.

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Dutch Reformed Church or Groote Kirk, Galle Fort Sri Lanka

The #dutchreformedchurch or #grootekirk in #gallefort was built in 1755 during the  #dutch occupation period of Sri Lanka. Galle Fort is an #unesco listed #heritage city.

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