The Leopard Safaris Yala campsite is situated in a picturesque location that makes the perfect base for your Sri Lankan safari experience. This site borders the national park and has been specially chosen for its natural beauty and convenient location to access the lesser visited areas of the park on safari: the Yala National Block I back entrance is the nearest, and Block III and V can be visited easily as well, offering you to see the diverse beauty of the national park on your safaris. The campsite is made up of semi-permanent structures, ensuring minimal impact on the environment, complete with comfortable king sized beds, air-conditioning and a range of modern comforts that make your stay most comfortable. 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.
Noel & Cecile Rodrigo
Your Hosts and The Team
“For us luxury is not only in our facilities, but rather the experience of being close to nature and seeing wildlife in their natural environment—especially the endangered leopards. A leopard never changes its spots. Like human fingerprints, each one has a unique spot pattern.”
More about Noel:Noel Rodrigo, native of Sri Lanka, had been contemplating the land from the sky, high in the air on Sri Lankan airline, as a cabin manager for 25 years. Canvassing the world, complying with professional requirements of upper-standard and interfacing with travellers of all nationalities every day, he got attuned to many cultures and to a sense of company that made him part of a "global village". Yet, in 2006, Noel felt he should take a closer look at the villages and landscapes he used to know during his childhood, "no such thing like your home" especially when he remembered having gone to camps during his youth holidays... Passionate with wildlife, he decided to set up "Leopard Safaris", a small business with barely a team of 5 staff, who helped to operate even while Noel was flying. The business started successfully and Noel soon had to devote himself fully to his new venture.
In contrast, the arrival of Cecile, born in northern Germany, owed nothing to predestination. She did attend universities in Köln and later pursued a master in finance in Leicester. After completion, in 2009, she decided to look for a three months internship in an NGO in Africa: however the minimum required was 6 months, so she had to look for alternative; thanks to a tip from a German NGO, she was recommended to search in Sri Lanka, while she had never visited Asia... love at first sight! Cecile decided to stay and to share the life, the passions and the lifestyle of Noel and his team: she found her business and finance skills to be readily applicable to the management needs of "Leopard Safaris" and she enjoys ever since, the country, its people, its climate and its natural setting. Leopard Safaris summarizes everything in two words: require driving and patience to observe the elusive leopard, a symbol for Sri Lanka which carries the highest density of this animal in the world, the biggest as well and which is the apex predator in the country, so it will have no need to take up its prey in the trees for eating!
The team is comprising experienced and educated naturalists and trackers, and Leopard Safaris offers the best chances to take extraordinary pictures of this animal, but many other species can be observed such as elephants, sloth bears, spotted deer, crocodiles, water buffalos, nearly 200 birds species etc. While the mobile camps under customized South-African style tents are displaying many luxury items in the bedding, decoration, furnishings, cuisine, one should not expect the full amenities from a static brick and mortar hotel; the safari is real, fans are provided but no air-conditioning in the mobile tents, you can take hot showers, but from the reservoir and not from running water pipes; you should expect to get up early, to listen to the wildlife music at night and to enjoy bonfires as well as lanterns at night and zipping your tents properly to keep wild animals away from them. Wifi is provided in the common area, but you are recommended to limit its use and invest your time in the real adventure. Plastic bottles should be exchanged for metallic refillable ones; Leopard Safaris is following rather strict eco-policies and expects its guests to respect the same values, its "Green Mission". It relies mainly on solar power, supports many local communities initiatives and conservation organizations such as Wildlife and Wilderness Conservation Trust's (WWCT) Leopard Project, has a tree planting project in place in which guests can participate to off-set CO2 produced by their travels and, last but not least helps the authorities to fight poaching. A major recommendation from Noel to memorize your stay: take your camera, long life batteries and an excellent zoom!
Luxury Tents (2 units)
(DBL; can fit 1 extra bed if necessary) – perfect for couples, honeymooners.
Luxury Family Tents (3 units)
1 Luxury Family Tent XL (1 king size bed, 1 bunk bed, and can add up to 2 extra beds if necessary) – perfect for larger families.
Same facilities as Luxury Tents.
Neem Tree House (1 unit)
Facilities and Highlights
- Sheltered Iluk Roof Dining Area: Food is an integral part of a stay at Leopard Safaris Yala: set menu of traditional cuisine from locally sourced produces that can be customized to your liking - with vegetarian/vegan options, or any other dietary requirements
- Lounge Tent
- Jungle Bar
- Saltwater Eco Swimming Pool
- Wildlife library
- All activities (safaris, tree planting, birdwatching, guided walks, star gazing...) are included in your package rate and will make you appreciate Mother Nature.
The safaris are driven by expert professionals who have deep respect of our surrounding environment and ensure minimal interference with the wildlife, allowing you to spot incredible animals such as the Serpent Eagle, Saltwater Crocs, Jackals and Mongoose, and of course the famous Sri Lankan Leopard.
GENERALTotal number of rooms: 6 rooms
Check-out until 11:00
Time zone: (GMT+05:30) Mumbai
Currency accepted: USD, LKR
Credit cards accepted: Visa, Mastercard
Electricity voltage: 220V
Electricity plug type:
CONCIERGEYour concierge is ready to assist you with planning and completing your reservation, contact them on email@example.com
ACCESSLocated on the outskirts of Yala national parks. Nearest town is Kataragama.
Airport: Colombo Bandaranaike International Airport (CMB) - 260 km
CONTACTYala National Parks , Sri Lanka
Leopard Safaris Yala supports the Wildlife and Wilderness Conservation Trust’s (WWCT) Leopard Project by with their 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. Leopard Safaris Yala takes guests there to sample the tea if they like. They also bought the couple roofing panels to replace their old leaky roof. Moreover, each year they sponsor selected meals at a school for differently abled children, and organize unforgettable Christmas parties of the special needs kids.