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Noel Rodrigo’s Leopard Safaris experience: private safaris with Sri Lanka’s ‘leopard man’

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Yala’s arid boulder-scattered parklands are dramatically different from the lush jungles and paddy fields that cover so much of the island. Spanning 100,000 hectares of dry thorny scrub and dusty glades, you could easily be in an African bushveldt, right down to the long-thorn bushes. This background was so suited to viewing elephants, leopards, wild boar, spotted deer, crocodiles and jackals that the entrepreneurial South African Englebrecht, who was shipped over as a POW after the Boer War, rightfully instigated it as a sanctuary – Sri Lanka’s first – at the turn of the twentieth century. It’s now the oldest and most prominent of them all. This is an optional experience available for guests staying at Noel Rodgrio Leopard Safaris's campsites in Yala and Wilpattu.  

Experience Overview

Starting either at 5AM or at 3PM, “the leopard man” will take you on a 2.5 to 3 hour game drive into the National Park. The campsite is situated outside the national park. Entrance fees are all included. The vehicles are customized Toyota safari jeeps with row seating. There is cool box with drinks, there are binoculars as well. In the evening gather around the campfire in the evenings to enjoy a range of international drinks from our jungle bar. With the sounds of the jungle around you and the campfire casting a romantic glaze over the natural surroundings, you can’t help but be enchanted by the unique experience of being in the jungle at night.

Includes:  - Experience - Sri Lanka In Style
Includes:

3 game drives with “the leopard man”

Duration:  - Experience - Sri Lanka In Style
Duration:

Each drive is Approx. 2.5 hours

Difficulty:  - Experience - Sri Lanka In Style
Difficulty:

Easy

Suitable for children:  - Experience - Sri Lanka In Style
Suitable for children:

Yes

What to wear or bring along:  - Experience - Sri Lanka In Style
What to wear or bring along:

Cool, light clothing, caps, sunscreen and a camera

Important to know:  - Experience - Sri Lanka In Style
Important to know:

In addition to the highest density of leopard anywhere in the world, Yala is also home to sambar, spotted and barking deer, water buffalo, sloth bears, abundant bird-life, butterfly swarms, iguanas, mongooses, fishing cats, wild boar, monkeys and crocodiles.

Private or not?  - Experience - Sri Lanka In Style
Private or not?

This experience is private

About the Host

Your host’s 35-year-experience amongst the world’s largest concentration of wild leopards and his personal game drives into Sri Lanka’s most dramatic landscapes will make your safari and camping experience unique and unforgettable. With your host’s expertise and guidance you will live the thrill of interacting with Sri Lanka’s beautiful wildlife, up close and personal. Your host is able to offer game drives in two major but geographically different National parks: Wilpattu and Yala.

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Managing Expectations

It is important to remember that, whilst they are experts in their field, the people who run or host our experiences are not necessarily used to working in the tourism industry and may not offer the level of service you would find at a five-star hotel. For example, instead of a formal lecture, you may get a relaxed conversation where open discussion is encouraged. All of our hosts are, however, extremely engaging, knowledgeable and passionate about educating visitors about their chosen subject and we have worked with them to ensure that they deliver worthwhile, fulfilling experiences. We welcome feedback, so please let us know what you thought and if you think any improvements could be made to the experiences we offer.

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