Gain unique insight into Sri Lanka’s leopards, sloth bears, elephants, deer, birds, reptiles and other wildlife from eco-friendly, non smoking, movable camps that leave nothing behind when the tents are packed away. Located in the buffer zones of two national parks (Yala and Wilpattu), the all-inclusive experience includes all meals, game drives, and park entrance fees amongst others.
Hotel DescriptionUsing stylish South African tents, both camps are located in two major national parks: Yala and Wilpattu. The campsites are made up of non-permanent structures, ensuring minimal impact on the parks, complete with comfortable king sized beds and a range of modern comforts and allowing privacy. The Yala campsite is situated in a picturesque location that makes the perfect base for your Noel Rodrigo's Leopard Safaris camping experience. This site has been specially chosen for its natural beauty and conveniently shaded areas of forest, which keep the temperature inside the tents cool and provide you with much needed respite from the sun. Many different wildlife species come to visit the camp and you can expect to wake up to the sound of tropical birdsong in the mornings.
Featuring either a king size or 2 twin beds, these insect/waterproof South African tents include a living area with camp chairs, roll down flaps for privacy, and solar powered lighting. The private bathroom area, which has an open-air hot/cold water shower, changing area and washbasin is located just outside the tent. A flushable sit-down toilet is attached to the living area of the tent.
Luxury Lodge Tent (Yala only)
This African style lodge tent combines a true wild experience close to nature, replete with extra comfort. It features stylish odd-shaped wood furniture, Sri Lankan antiques, air-conditioning, a state-of-the art bathroom with hot/cold water, and a private waterhole. A private access path and deck sitting area with the option of candle lit dining makes it ideal for honeymoon couples.
Hotel Facilities & Highlights
Food is an integral part of a stay at Noel Rodrigo’s Leopard Safaris: traditional cuisine from locally courced produces - with vegetarian options
All activities (safaris, cooking class, birdwatching, guided walks, star gazing…) will make you appreciate more Mother Nature.
Your Host & The Team
“For us luxury is not in our facilities, but rather the experience of being close to nature and seeing wildlife in their natural environment—especially leopards. A leopard never changes its spots. Like human fingerprints, each one has a unique spot pattern.”
Noel & Cecile Rodrigo
Besides serving traditional Sri Lankan cuisine using seasonal vegetables and fruit that they buy from local farmers, Noel Rodrigo’s Leopard Safaris avoids plastic, and uses natural and recycled materials wherever possible including stainless steel and glass water bottles. Recently, they even built a wall in their lounge from empty wine bottles and clay instead of concrete. The eco-friendly concept camps’ decks and furniture were all made with either rejected timber or recycled wood, and their main source of power is solar. They use a solar pump to pump water to showers and to heat the water in the luxury lodge tent. The water for the mobile tent showers is heated manually on a wood fire. They also have a dual-battery system in the safari jeeps to allow the batteries to be charged while on safari. The power from those batteries is then used to run the kitchen’s freezers and refrigerators.
Noel Rodrigo’s Leopard Safaris financially supports the Wildlife and Wilderness Conservation Trust’s (WWCT) Leopard Project by donating a percentage of each guest’s stay to them. They also give them leopard sightings data. In addition, they help build a roof or playground, get electricity, sponsor school concerts, and get the children to participate in nature themed drawing competitions in the poorest schools. They also aid locals. Near the Yala camp there is an old couple that sells herbal tea to pilgrims from their run-down home and shop. Noel Rodrigo’s Leopard Safaris takes guests there to sample the tea. They also bought the couple roofing panels to replace their old leaky roof. Moreover, each year they donate a complimentary stay that is auctioned off at the Half the Sky Foundation’s annual charity auction.
Welcome to National Parks
Despite its small size, Sri Lanka is home to 26 national parks, making it one of the best places to witness Asia’s diverse wildlife, flora and fauna. Explore, the island nation’s second largest park, Yala National Park to see leopards, elephants, birds, and other wildlife. Embrace the beauty of Wilpattu’s stunning landscapes, lakes, and sloths. See the country’s largest reservoir and wild elephants at Gal Oya, or the over 500 elephants that live at Uda Walawe. Go bird watching at the Sinharaja Rainforest Reserve or Horton Plains. An unforgettable journey amid nature—Sri Lanka’s national parks.
GENERALTotal number of rooms: 13
Open all year
Time zone: (GMT+05:30) Mumbai
Currency accepted: LKR
Credit cards accepted: Visa, Mastercard
Electricity voltage: 230V
Electricity plug type:
ACCESSBoth camps are located in the outskirts of Yala and Wilpattu national parks.
Nearest Airport: Colombo Bandaranaike International Airport (CMB) – 260 km to Yala and 155km to Wilpattu