Noel Rodrigo’s Leopard Safaris - Yala National Park
Wilpattu National Park, Sri Lanka's National Parks, Sri Lanka
At a Glance
Noel Rodrigo, a wildlife specialist whose knowledge about the Sri Lankan leopard - or kotiya as it is locally known - is second to none
Customized Toyota Land Cruisers are used for the game drives which are exclusive and far more comfortable than those in use by the majority of other operators.
Vehicles are specially fitted with camera support points for photographers
A wildlife specialist will accompany guests on the game drives and is ever willing to share his knowledge and experiences
Tents are comfortable yet basic, and each tent has its own bathroom facilities
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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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Noel Rodrigo's Leopard Safari specialises in mobile camping safaris in Sri Lanka's two major National Parks - Yala and Wilpattu. Embark on an adventurous safari into the wilderness or relax in a hammock and enjoy some incredible sightings.
Noel Rodrigo's Leopard Sarafis - Yala National Park is the vision of its owner Noel Rodrigo, a wildlife specialist whose knowledge about the Sri Lankan leopard, or kotiya as it is locally known, is second to none. This camping package includes accommodation, all meals, barbeque and snacks, alcoholic beverages, two game drives per day accompanied by a wildlife specialist and entrance fees to Yala National Park.
Guests staying at the camp can enjoy the luxury safari tents which have been imported from South Africa and are of a very high quality. Accommodation can be in single, twin, double or family tents, furnished with comfortable beds and fresh linen.
The camp at Yala is semi-permanent and so offers a few more comforts compared to the fully mobile camps at Wilpattu.
In Yala, the tents feature blade-less fans, proper flushing toilets and the option of hot water for the showers. The three luxury tents, have four-poster beds, furniture crafted from reclaimed wood, indoor bathroom and air-conditioning.
In Wilpathu and the Knuckles, there are no fans in the tents and there are camping loos and manually filled bucket showers, so guests should expect a much more basic experience.
Meals, including BBQs and snacks, are prepared at the well-equipped trailer kitchen and served up in style along with imported wine for dinner. Chilled local beer and spirits are also on offer. The semi-permanent base at Yala also means the food served here can have more variety and complexity versus the mobile kitchens.
A customized Toyota Land Cruiser is used for the game drives. These vehicles can handle every kind of terrain, give an excellent view, and are specially fitted with camera support points for photographers. All of the drivers accompanying guests on safaris are wildlife specialists, ever willing to share their knowledge and experiences.
Yala with a total protected area of 500 square miles, is one of the best places to see a wide variety of Sri Lankan wildlife because of its scrub plains, lagoons and rocky sections. Boasting one of the world's densest leopard populations, Yala is also inhabited by herds of elephants, sloth bear, sambar deer, spotted deer, wild boar, crocodiles, monkeys and buffalos.
Accommodation is in single, twin, double or family sized canvas tents, furnished with comfortable beds and fresh linen. In Yala, the bathrooms have proper flushing loos and hot water for showers available on request. The tents also offer blade-less fans to help guests keep cool. The three luxury tents have indoor bathrooms and air-conditioning.
Children are welcome to come and stay at Leopard Safaris and they'll love the game drives.
Spend your time at Leopard Safaris on safari in Yala National Park, famous as the home of the famous Sri Lankan leopard. The team will ensure have a personal and authentic safari experience.
Alice Woodford (Staff)
Completely different to any other property I stayed at on my trip, I loved the feeling of an African Bush Camp. I found my stay at Leopard Safaris in Yala National Park an adventure from start to finish. The camp is in the jungle and so wildlife and monkeys are abundant (be sure to zip up your tent!). Apart from seeing a Leopard on our first game drive, highlights for me were the amazing meals we were given in various locations around camp (the table appeared randomly!). On game drives we were provided with water flasks, binoculars, snacks and sundowners for the journey back to camp - all in all Noel and the team looked after us well!
Susie Reynolds (Staff)
This can’t be compared to going on Safari in Africa, but I was more than pleasantly surprised by my experience here, certainly a highlight of my tour. As camping goes this was very comfortable and the service was excellent, being served a G&T on the riverbank watching elephants and crocodiles was a dream.
Cycling Tour outside Galle
Spend half a day cycling through the beautiful Sri Lankan countryside outside Galle.
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.
Jeep Safari - Wilpattu National Park
Wilpattu is one of Sri Lanka’s oldest and largest national parks, with an area of over 130,000 hectares. Explore by jeep, driving past natural lakes, scrubland and dense jungle, possibly spotting sloth bear, leopard and wild elephant.
Jeep Safari at Yala National Park
Enjoy a jeep safari to Yala National Park, the most famous National Park in Sri Lanka.
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 colourful 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.
Walking Tour of Galle Fort
Go on a walking tour of Galle with a local resident / guide.
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.
Whale and Dolphin Cruise from Mirissa
Go on whale and dolphin cruise in Mirissa in the months of December to March.
Location & directions
Wilpattu National Park, Sri Lanka's National Parks, Sri Lanka
The Camp moves between Sri Lanka's three major National Parks: Yala National Park, Knuckles Mountain Range and Wilpathu National Park.
How to get there
Colombo’s Bandaranaike International Airport (BIA) is the sole international airport in Sri Lanka and is located about 30km north of the city. Transfer times vary depending on where you fit you safari into you itinerary. Each park is approximately 6/7 hours from Colombo.
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