We are heading to Yala reserve park in two weeks time in the hope of seeing leopolds and sloth bears. My understanding is that the only way to travel into the reserve is to take an expensive tour arranged by the hotels. Whilst we are desperate to see the animals, as there are four of us, we don't want to spend $400 a day looking for them.
Can anyone please tell me whether it is possible to privately arrange entrance into the park by hiring a local guide and a vehicle? If so, names or contact details would be great!