Although we do have Simply Red and Classically Red options for this tour, we recommend staying at Noel Rodrigo’s Leopard Safaris for the next two nights for a complete immersion in the ‘wilds’ of Sri Lanka. Leopard Safaris is an eco-friendly mobile camping experience based on the border of Yala National Park, just 15 minutes away from the main entrance. Live in the wilderness for two days: listen to the sound of bird call echoing through the trees, dine on traditional Sri Lankan cuisine and go on game drives twice daily into the park, accompanied by an experienced naturalist. Strict eco-friendly policies are followed here: hurricane lamps light the tents and water from the well is used for cooking and bathing. Run by a wildlife specialist with a passion for nature conservation, a stay at Leopard Safaris is an informative experience which enhances your time spent at Yala National Park. Leopard Safaris offers an all-inclusive rate that covers: accommodation (spacious tents complete with bed, w/c and shower); all meals, snacks and beverages; trekking accompanied by an expert naturalist, and minimum three-hour game drives twice daily.
Yala National Park is one of the island’s largest and most popular parks and is home to the greatest variety of Sri Lanka’s wildlife. It boasts one of the world’s densest leopard populations, but don’t expect to see them prowling through the park in their thousands – there are still fewer than fifty in this area. Yala also houses elephants, Sloth Bear, Sambar Deer and Spotted Deer, Wild Boar, crocodiles, monkeys and buffalos, as well as a wide variety of different birds. Early morning or dusk safaris are ideal times to visit, when the animals come out to the waterholes.