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Noel Rodrigo's Leopard Safaris - Wilpattu National Park

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- Game drives, lovely natural surroundings
- High standard of tented accommodation
- Photography lessons, cookery classes
- Birdwatching, nature walks, stargazing

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Noel Rodrigo took his passion for Sri Lanka’s national parks and set up ‘Leopard Safaris’ over a decade ago. He’s been fascinated by wildlife since he was young and has gone from taking friends on camping trips to developing highly rated professional camping experiences in two of Sri Lanka’s national parks: Yala and Wilpattu. The campsite at Wilpattu National Park is set in a rather remote location on the outskirts of the park, offering guests plenty of peace and quiet so that all they can hear are the sounds of their natural surroundings.

The mobile tents come in a range of sizes to suit different parties and there’s the option of booking the luxury lodge tent, which is recommended for couples. All tents have certain features in common, such as a living area with views, a flushing toilet, a private outdoor shower with hot water and solar-powered lights in keeping with the property’s eco-friendly stance. Other facilities include lounge chairs, stainless steel water bottles, fresh towels and linen and a battery-powered fan.

While game drives are a key part of the Leopard Safari experience, there are plenty of activities to be enjoyed back at camp. These include amateur photography classes, bird watching sessions, guided walks, cookery demonstrations and nocturnal stargazing sessions under the open sky. Three meals a day are served at the campsite, with set menus featuring a range of Sri Lankan dishes prepared using only locally sourced ingredients; menus can be customised on request. Meals are typically enjoyed by everyone at the campsite together, though private dining experiences can be arranged for couples.

Children from the age of three are welcome to join the safaris. There’s a package designed just for families offering reduced rates for children. The family tents are spacious and can comfortably accommodate two adults and three children. There are plenty of age-appropriate activities available at the campsite, such as footprint games, animal identification sessions and beginner’s photography walks although parents are reminded that due to the camp’s wilderness location, children must remain under adult supervision at all times.

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  • I would like to say a massive thank you for organising our Vietnam trip. The itinerary and execution were superb, as was the attention to detail. I would also like to thank the agent who was on the end of my whats app chat (I have no idea who they were!) – always available, always quick to respond, and kept me updated regarding times etc. Also, the guides Dan (north) and Tien (mid) were just excellent, and we really enjoyed their company. The lady (whose name I have forgotten) who was our additional guide for the DMZ day was exceedingly good and made that day very special.

    Missingfiona g reviewing Complete Vietnam For Families on 15 April 2024

  • Trip was great and all the arrangements were excellent so thank you for all the help!

    Drivers and transfers were all good - on time and very good service on each trip.

    Accommodation was lovely - Douar Samra was amazing (weather could have been better but lovely regardless). Riad in Marrakesh was also great!

    All in all a great trip and we loved the variety of the mountains, Marrakesh and the coast.

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    MissingHardeep S reviewing Boutique Marrakech & Atlas Mountains on 15 April 2024

  • I was also just about to email you to thank you and the team for arranging yet again, another wonderful experience.

    Mount Kenya was spectacular and wild - I think I prefer it to Kili in many ways. The entire support team was professional, friendly and all round fantastic in making sure that we were safe, well fed and well looked after. In particular, we would commend Peter the guide as well as Paul one of the porters who doubled-up as his deputy on summit day. Our route was often shrouded in mist and rain that rapidly gathered in the valleys and moorlands, and we were very impressed at how Peter managed to navigate us safely through all of that notwithstanding. In addition, we loved learning about the history of Mount Kenya from him in the evenings. And ofcourse, I was blown away by the lovely birthday surprise at the end complete with balloons and a delicious cake that had journeyed with us from day 1. One thing we might recommend because of the sudden change in weather (it would sometimes get extremely cold and wet) is for the equipment list to be a little bit more detailed in terms of its recommendations e.g. layers to be moisture-wicking, walking boots be waterproof, doubling up on socks to avoid blisters etc.

    El Karama is a beautiful conservancy and the lodge a true labour of love. Great hospitality in a relaxed environment. Delicious, fresh food. We enjoyed the drives, even if we didn't see much wildlife as the heavens opened on us for the last two outings. However, since it was very much geared towards families, I am not sure if I would stay again without kids. That said, I think it was perfect for a 3d/2n stay post mountain, and a much better choice than flying to the masai mara given the limited time we had.

    Our transits were smooth. Samuel the driver was always on time, drove safely and kept the vehicle clean.

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