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Noel Rodrigo's Leopard Safaris - Yala National Park

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- Tented multi-day safari adventure
- Game drives, abundant leopard population
- Sloth bears, elephant, water buffalo, jackals
- Nature walks, bird watching, cookery classes

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Noel Rodrigo’s Leopard Safaris in Yala National Park offers an authentic multi-day safari experience in the most popular and second largest national park in Sri Lanka. The safaris were established back in 2006 by wildlife enthusiast Noel Rodrigo as a way of sharing his passion with others. He and his staff know the park inside-out and have a wealth of expertise to share while out on game drives. The campsite is very environmentally friendly, with efforts continuously made to reduce its carbon footprint and conserve both animal and plant life in the surrounding area.

Accommodation at Leopard Safaris’ Yala National Park campsite consists of South African-style canvas tents that are fully customised and mobile. They offer plenty of space and have a lounge area with a view of the park, so guests can spot wildlife without from the comfort of their tent. There’s a flushing toilet and an outdoor hot water shower, with linen and towels provided. Lights are solar powered and tents are kept cool thanks to the battery-operated bladeless fan. To make the whole safari experience convenient and enjoyable, basic amenities such as a battery charger and a stainless steel water bottle are provided. There’s also the Luxury Lodge, which is designed for couples and comes with a stylish four-poster bed, as well as a private deck area and access path. Those staying in the Luxury Lodge have the additional option of a private candlelit dinner.

Dining at Leopard Safaris is typically a communal experience, with traditional Sri Lankan food to enjoy. Although menus are set, chefs will cater for specific dietary requirements or requests. Meals are served three times a day and jungle barbecues are sometimes offered. One of the camp’s highlights is enjoying authentic local cuisine out in the open and under the stars.

Game drives take place twice daily and are a fundamental part of the Leopard Safari experience. Yala National Park is known for its abundant leopard population, though plenty of other animals can be seen including sloth bears, elephants, water buffaloes and jackals. There are plenty of enrichment activities available at the campsite. These include guided nature walks, animal identification sessions, cookery classes and bird watching walks - those who simply want to relax instead can grab a book from the library and relax in one of the hammocks.

Leopard Safaris welcomes children aged three and above. Most of the Mobile Family Tents sleep four, but there is one that sleeps six – all come with two separate sleeping areas connected by a common living space. There’s also a Luxury Lodge Family Tent which has one large room with a king-size bed for parents and a bunk bed for children and sleeps five. Special family-friendly safari packages with discounted rates for younger ones are available. Age-appropriate activities for children are on offer, including animal identification sessions, photography walks and wildlife footprint tracking games.

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  • Dear Lisa. On behalf of the three generations of the Rowland family. Thank you, so much, for organising our wonderful holiday to Botswana and the Victoria Falls. The trip of a lifetime. The week mobile camping in the bush, with our guide Nandos and his crew was a fantastic adventure. How they manage to cook such wonderful food on an open fire is amazing. The sites were constantly visited by monkeys and once by elephants. We were even lucky enough to see two packs of wild dogs, once with a kill. Waterberry Lodge on the Zambezi River is a wonderfully tranquil place. Ideal to relax after the adventures of our safari and visiting Victoria Falls. Very many thanks once again

    MissingGodfrey R reviewing Private Mobile Family Safari in Botswana on 25 September 2023

  • We had a great time - even with the flight between Governors and the coast being two flights and a car! We also experienced a power cut At Nairobi airport on the way home so 2+ hours late taking off. Governors. Wonderful people and dealt with the flight delay very well - taking us back and letting us know that we could stay there if the flight was delayed overnight. The game drives were excellent and our guide (Erick) obviously very experienced and managed to find all the key animals - no rhino in that part of the Masai Mara but everything else in abundance - never seen so many herbivores (many many elephants as well as all the others) as well as two prides of lions. Could not have asked for more. The ‘tent’ was excellent and comfortable and well serviced. The only ‘complaint’ would be that the food - especially dinner - could be improved (I think we got a bit bored of soup as a starter for every meal bar one) and the main courses were not at the same level as Kinondo Kwetu and while all were explained there was no choice offered. The breakfasts were just what was needed after an early game drive. Kinondo Kwetu. What a great location and the welcome when we arrived at just gone 11.00pm was better than you could have ever thought possible - they we’re disappointed that we did not at that time want the full dinner experience! The rooms we’re comfortable. The food was excellent but again no choice was offered - other than for allergy reasons (which we do not have). May be some choice would be nice. Having said that the food we did have was excellent as were the wines (albeit a short list!) and other drinks. There were (as you know) lots of facilities/sports options - but we spent our time relaxing which was exactly what we needed and there were lots of places to do that. Overall. We would go back to both places - perhaps a few more nights at Kinondo Kwetu next time but 3 nights at Governors was perfect for us. Thank you for organising and recommending both places. That you and your colleague for trying to find out about the plane (flat tyre) but communication by the flight company left a lot to be desired (Governors were furious that they were not told and had taken us to the airstrip). Phil

    MissingPhilip R reviewing Masai Mara Safari & Kenya Beach on 01 September 2023

  • It was certainly a holiday of a lifetime for us and we loved every minute!! The standard and location of each accommodation was excellent, as was the variety of each different accommodation type. Our schedule was perfect and we managed to achieve everything on our to-do task list. Your documents were also really helpful, as were the driving directions. We all thank you for making this such a wonderful holiday. Happy to leave a review publicly if you point me the right way. Best Steve

    MissingStephen H reviewing Classic Garden Route & Eastern Cape Safari on 01 September 2023

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