Noel Rodrigo's Leopard Safaris

Location: Southern & Southwest Coast | Sri Lanka

Price guide: £££££ £350-£500 per person per night

Redefining the original tented safari with a convenient modern-day camping experience, Noel Rodrigo's all-inclusive Leopard Safaris combines the romantic ambiance of a bygone British era with authentic Sri Lankan adventure. During the day, venture deep into Yala or Wilpattu National Park in the company of your guide, and by night, relax by the campfire with some excellent food and a glass of fine wine or a cold beer.
Perfect forThose determined to see the shy leopard on their travels in Sri Lanka.
In the knowThe award-winning safari lodges with African-style canvas tents were founded by Noel Rodrigo after he spent 35 years tracking leopards in the parks.

Recommended for...

  • Eco-tourism
  • Wildlife & Nature
  • Family-friendly
  • Off the Beaten Track

Hotel Overview

Sense of place

One of the non-permanent campsites is in the buffer zone at Yala National Park, shaded by a canopy of trees and the other is just outside of Wilpattu National Park.

Rooms at Noel Rodrigo's Leopard Safaris

A true immersion into the sights and sounds of the Sri Lankan wilderness, the mobile camps, which move during the rainy season, feature South African canvas tents furnished with king sized beds, fresh linen, and outdoor showers for starlit bathing. There are double, twin, triple and family tents available, each with a jungle-view living area.
At the Yala campsite, consider splurging on one of the two Luxury Lodge tents, comprising of a canvas tent complete with a super-stylish and rustic four-poster bed, timber deck sitting areas and private candle-lit dining - perfect for honeymooners.

Food & Drink

Enjoying predominantly local cuisine created with the freshest of ingredients, you will spend your evenings dining under the stars either in the communal tent or in a peaceful riverbed. The specially trained cook and staff will look after you, whether you want to sample the wine list, enjoy a chilled local beer or would prefer a vegetarian option.


Within the camps there are hammocks and easy chairs for lazy mid-mornings and a fascinating wildlife library for learning about the animals you see on your safaris. Afterwards, unwind in the eco saltwater pool and sit around the campfire in the evenings under a starry sky. 

Activities at Noel Rodrigo's Leopard Safaris

With a Toyota Land Cruiser at your disposal, you will be taken on two game drives a day through the nearby national parks. Each lasting a minimum of three hours, you will have plenty of opportunities to try and spot the graceful leopard or the shaggy sloth bear. The customised safari vehicles offer camera support points for avid photographers.

As well as going on safari, you can stretch your legs with a guided nature walk to track the smaller creatures of the jungle, such as monkeys and tiny insects, go bird watching, develop your photography skills on an amateur workshop or dive into the Sri Lankan cuisine by participating in a cooking class.

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Hotel location

Nearest airport is Colombo Bandaranaike International Airport, 310km from Yala National Park and 155km from Wilpattu National Park.

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