Noel Rodrigo’s Leopard Safaris
Noel Rodrigo's Leopard Safaris was established in 2006 as a small organisation with just one jeep and a few tents. Today it is a fully-flourishing, award-winning camping experience in multiple national parks, offering it’s visitors from all over the world customised accommodation, alfresco starlit wining and dining and professionally led expeditions into the heart of the Sri Lankan wilderness.
Using stylish South African tents, completed with comfortable king size beds and a range of modern comforts, guests are taken on a journey into different Sri Lankan national parks: Yala and Wilpattu. The campsites are rather semi-permanent, designed with deep respect to nature, using recycled, upcycled and natural materials, offering delicious al fresco wining and dining, and an unbeatable personalised service. At the Yala camp there is also a saltwater eco-pool.
For those looking for a little extra comfort to sleep peacefully at night, the new Luxury Lodge Tents at the Yala camp features stylish wooden furniture, Sri Lankan antiques, air-conditioning and a state-to-the art bathroom with hot & cold running water, while falling asleep to the sounds of frogs and crickets in your own personal waterhole will make you experience the truly luxurious feel of camping. A private access path and deck sitting area with the option of candle lit dining will make you feel even more exclusive and makes it ideal for honeymoon couples.
The staff are experts in their fields and are more than willing to impart their knowledge on wildlife and photography. For their game drives they use customised Toyota jeeps driven and lead by our English-speaking naturalists who are dedicated to helping the clients seek out even the most elusive wildlife in the park. The jeeps can handle every type of terrain, give an excellent view, and are specially fitted with camera support points for photographers.
Noel Rodrigo’s Leopard Safaris aim is to give guests a unique and comfortable experience that does not come as a sacrifice to the environment. It is important for them to minimise the use of plastics, therefore they fill your drinking water into stainless steel or glass bottles, use mainly wooden or ecological materials wherever possible and have used empty wine bottles & clay to construct walls & seating in the lounge area and staff quarters. They use solar power and power from a dual battery system in their jeeps to run their deep freezers and lights instead of generators to conserve the environment. They have also introduced a tree planting project, so every guest who visits the camp can plant a tree in order to (partly) off-set the CO2 footprint produced by their travels to Sri Lanka.
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