- Game drives, lovely natural surroundings
- High standard of tented accommodation
- Photography lessons, cookery classes
- Birdwatching, nature walks, stargazing
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.
We had the most amazing time. It exceeded all my hopes of what the trip would be. The guides, the hotels - everything was of such a wonderful quality. Thank you for organizing everything. I will absolutely recommend Tourdust and use you again.
Claudia L reviewing Luxury Desert Holiday on 11 January 2024
We had a brilliant trip!
An amazing experience for parents, children and grandparents alike.
We are already planning a trip to Vietnam next year
Kate B reviewing Morocco Family Holiday: Kasbahs, Mountains & Souks on 10 January 2024
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
Godfrey R reviewing Private Mobile Family Safari in Botswana on 25 September 2023