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Leopard Trails - Yala National Park

Yala National Park, Sri Lanka's National Parks, Sri Lanka

The Foreign & Commonwealth Office has updated their travel advice for Sri Lanka and are advising that travel can now resume. We've been following the situation closely and with the recent changes in security, we're pleased to say that we can support the people of Sri Lanka and once again offer trips to this beautiful country. To encourage visitors to return, the Sri Lankan government are now offering free visas on arrival to key countries (including the UK) beginning August 2019.

At a Glance

  • Enjoy authentic evening and morning safaris with your expert guide

  • The Junior Ranger Programme offers engaging and educational activities for younger guests to get them excited about wildlife

  • Expect a fresh, authentic menu of both Sri Lankan and international dishes

  • The Luxury Tents are ideal for those wanting extra space and include air conditioning

  • Enjoy evening drinks around the campfire after a day exploring the park

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From May to August the Yala monsoon brings rain to the island’s southwestern half. The southwest has the highest rainfall – up to 4000mm a year. There is also an inter-monsoonal period in October and November when rain can occur in many parts of the island. Colombo and the low-lying coastal regions have an average temperature of 27°C. The sea stays at around 27°C all year. Climatically speaking, the driest (and best) seasons in Sri Lanka are from December to March for the west and south coasts.

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Insider's View

After exploring the wilderness of Yala National Park come back to camp and enjoy a gin and tonic around the campfire that is lit underneath the stars.

If you are traveling as a family enrol the kids in the Junior Ranger Programme. It's a series of hands on experience aimed to get the children more interested in their surroundings!

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Leopard Trails is a fantastic experience to get close to all the action in Yala National Park. Here see the best of Sri Lanka’s wildlife such as elephants, leopards and crocodile. Enjoy a stay in one of the tents, all designed with comfort in mind.

Bespoke tented safaris, Leopard Trails will take you on a journey through Yala National Park in search of some incredible wildlife and nature experiences. Taking inspiration from the first British adventurers in the times of wild Ceylon, the camp promises to give you an authentic safari you'll never forget.

You will arrive at your camp and home for the duration of your stay. Enjoy a delicious lunch prepared by the chef followed by some down time to get used to your surroundings. At around 3.30pm you will head on an evening safari. Each vehicle is designed to allow optimum comfort and space during a game drive, allowing you to get the best vantage point of Sri Lanka's most incredible wildlife.

In the evening head back for drinks by the campfire swapping stories, a hearty meal and time to relax under the stars. There is even a library where you can get stuck into a good book.

The accommodation is made up of spacious waterproof tents each with en-suite bathrooms. Classic Tents all come with a/c and each have their own open air shower. There are also Luxury Tents which benefit from more space and an indoor shower with solar powered hot water and air-conditioning.

Make sure you get a good night's sleep in preparation for your morning safari. In the early hours of the morning rise early and go in search for a glimpse of the elusive leopard and other fascinating animals.

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Each tent can sleep up to three guests and includes a private verandah, ensuite bathroom with sink and flushable w/c with bidet. There are also several plug bases, which can be used to charge laptops, digital cameras, phones and other small electrical items. For families, there are three tents which can be interconnecting, taking basic tents and joining them together. All tents have comfortable twin or double beds. At night, your room is filled with several elegant candles.


Leopard Trails welcomes families with young children, offering an exciting and educational experience for younger guests.


The dining area has a Lounge Tent where guests can enjoy the bar, small library and comfortable sofas and lounge chairs. Drinks are served around a campfire meals are arranged under the stars. Both Sri Lankan and international food is served, all with local produce. For larger parties, delicious barbecues can be arranged.


Spend your time at Leopard Trails on safari in Yala National Park, famous as the home of the famous Sri Lankan leopard. With a limit of up to 6 clients per safari vehicle, you will have a personal and authentic safari experience.


  • Explore Galle Fort

    While staying in the Galle Fort take the time to discover this fascinating colonial town, filled with history. Founded in 1588 by the Portuguese, the fort was subsequently occupied by the Dutch and the British, so there is plenty to explore.

  • Explore the Kapu Ela River by boat & Cycle through Rural Galle

    Enjoy a scenic and immersive tour through the beautiful countryside surrounding Galle. Your journey will take you down the Kapu Ela River by boat and then by bike across the paddies, ending with a traditional Sri Lankan meal and a lesson in hopper making.

  • Hopper Cooking Class at Why House

    The foodie in you will love this hands on cooking class at the beautiful Why House. A delectable Sri Lankan staple, hoppers are iconic in Sri Lanka and are delicious when served with a range of chutneys, sambols and curries.

  • Morning Safari - Yala National Park

    Head into Yala National Park in the early morning to marvel at the range of wildlife, particularly the leopards for which the park is renowned.

  • Sailing & Snorkelling Excursion

    Climb aboard a beautiful 48ft catamaran, and sail along the south coast of Sri Lanka stopping at private coves to stand-up paddle board, snorkel over colorful reefs, swim or soak up the sun while your crew take the helm.

  • Shared Afternoon Safari - Yala National Park

    Enjoy a evening safari in Yala National Park. Yala is a must for anyone wanting to spot the elusive leopard, and with over 250sqkm / 96sqm of land to explore, you will likely have some luck in spotting not only leopard, but sloth bear and elephants.

  • Weligama - Deep Sea Fishing

    Enjoy some deep sea fishing in the waters of the southern town of Weligama. Perfect for beginners or those more experienced at fishing, let your skipper help you catch some big game fish from sharks and tuna to marlin and swordfish.

Location & directions

Yala National Park, Sri Lanka's National Parks, Sri Lanka

Leopard Trails is located in the buffer zone bordering Yala National Park in the south of Sri Lanka. The nearest entrance to the park is Katagamuwa.

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