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