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  • Leopard Safari Sri Lanka

    The Sri Lanka leopard (Panthera pardus kotiya), known in the native tongue as kotiya, is a recognized subspecies of the Indian Leopard and is the largest leopard in Asia. It is endemic to the island. We offer the opportunity to observe this animal firsthand on a leopard safari Sri Lanka.

    Experience a leopard safari at any one of our leopard safari camps Sri Lanka

    A leopard safari in Sri Lanka is spectacular and our leopard safari camps are designed to ensure that you have the best experience possible. Our leopard safari camps come in three categories so you can choose an option that best suits your budget. .

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    In pursuit of leopards

    Sri Lanka is a popular destination for wildlife tourism that is frequented for its birdlife and mammals- the most notable of which are the Sri Lankan Elephant, Sri Lankan Sloth Bear and in this case the crowning jewel, the Sri Lankan Leopard

     

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  • About Leopard Safari

    A leopard safari Sri Lanka can be fun, educational and exciting. Find out what your leopard safari can be like.

    Often visited for its incredible wildlife, Sri Lanka is a popular destination for nature enthusiasts. Sri Lankan Elephants, Sloth Bears and birdlife though impressive, scarcely compare to the experience of being on a leopard safari sri lanka and if you are really interested in spotting a leopard on safari then your best chance is very probably here. The Sri Lankan Leopard is a recognized subspecies of the Indian Leopard and is the largest leopard found in Asia. It is also endemic to the island. Many tourists from all visit the island annually and go on a leopard safari, sometimes spending many days inside national parks in order to increase their chances of a sighting.

    Leopards by nature are elusive and tend to stay away from human interaction, thus spotting one on a safari can be a daunting task. Many if not all national parks do harbor some population of leopards, and sighting is occasionally recorded but at Yala, a leopard safari holds the highest chance of success. Along with its many other attractions, such as prolific birdlife, endemic and non endemic plants and animals, the leopard population density at Yala is as high as one leopard per square kilometer in Block I, making it the highest in the world. It is sometimes noted that leopard safari jeeps no longer are a cause for concern to young males in particular and they appear unafraid of them, similar to tigers in national parks in India. With your expert naturalist, a keen eye, a bit of patience and a pinch of luck you will likely have a memorable and exciting leopard safari.

    The best time for a leopard safari early morning and early evening as animals often retreat deep into the jungles during the afternoon heat. Heavy rains must be avoided too as during rains leopards avoid water pools and roadsides, creating less of a chance of seeing one.

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    Leopard Safari at Yala National Park Sri Lanka

    Yala National Park is the best location in the world for a leopard safari in Sri Lanka. The population density is as high as one leopard per square kilometer in Block 1, which is where you will likely go on your leopard safari.

    Yala National Park is the best location in the world for a leopard safari. The population density is as high as one leopard per square kilometer in Block 1, which is where you will likely go on your leopard safari. These fantastic animals, which are the largest leopards in Asia and are endemic to the island, can be observed on a leopard safari in the early morning or at dusk. It is estimated that there are between 300-350 leopards at Yala National Park. Many days can be spent on a leopard safari here.

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    Leopard Safari at Wilpattu National Park Sri Lanka

    Wilpattu National Park was one of the first national parks to open in Sri Lanka. It has an interesting history and is significantly larger than Yala National Park providing more ground to cover on a leopard safari Sri Lanka.

    Wilpattu National Park was one of the first national parks to open in Sri Lanka. It has an interesting history and is significantly larger than Yala National Park providing more ground to cover on a leopard safari. Due to the extent of the park spotting a leopard is harder, but the experience is exciting in other ways and you can really bring out your inner intrepid explorer as you follow hot on the trail of this jungle cat.

    The exact number of leopards at Wilpattu is presently unknown but they are generally spotted alongside the park's villas or water basins that can be found in abundance and lend the park its name. Due to its extensive acreage Wilpattu is better suited to longer stays and due to its proximity to both Anuradhapura and Kalpitiya, a leopard safari at Wilpattu can easily be done in conjunction with whale and dolphin watching or a historical tour.

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  • Experience a leopard safari at any one of our leopard safari camp

    A leopard safari in Sri Lanka is spectacular and our leopard safari camps are designed to ensure that you have the best experience possible. Our leopard safari camps come in three categories so you can choose an option that best suits your budget. All of our tented leopard safari camps are set up prior to your arrival and dismantled once you leave, following pack in pack our principles and are located on the boundaries of national parks, in a wilderness setting. By being this close to the park you are able to cut down on travel time and be the first inside and the last to leave. Walking and night safaris are also possible in and around the campsite. All campsites feature security, wait staff and a chef.

    A leopard safari can be booked for one night and two days and can even extend up to four nights. During a short safari, leopards will be targeted specifically but if a longer safari is opted for you will have will be able to experience some of the other wildlife that these national parks are known for such as Sri Lankan elephants and Sri Lankan sloth bears, not forgetting Sri Lanka's prolific birdlife.

     

    Our itineraries include:

    • 1 night 2 day leopard safari Wilpattu Sri Lanka
    • 2 night 3 day leopard safari Willpattu Sri Lanka
    • 3 night 4 day leopard safari Wilpattu Sri Lanka
    • 1 night 2 day leopard safari Yala Sri Lanka
    • 2 night 3 day leopard safari Yala Sri Lanka
    • 3 night 4 day leopard safari Yala Sri Lanka
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    Luxury Tented Leopard Safari Camps

    Luxury tented leopard safari camps are an entirely different way of camping. These camps have every facility imaginable, from flushable toilets for five course meals. So you can have the experience of living in the wilderness with modern convenience by your side.

     

     

  • In pursuit of leopards

    Sri Lanka is a popular destination for wildlife tourism that is frequented for its birdlife and mammals- the most notable of which are the Sri Lankan Elephant, Sri Lankan Sloth Bear and in this case the crowning jewel, the Sri Lankan Leopard.

    The Sri Lankan Leopard is a recognized subspecies of the Indian Leopard and is the largest leopard found in Asia. It is also endemic to the island. Tourists from all walks of life flock to the island annually for leopard safaris, where they spend their days in hot pursuit of these majestic jungle cats.

    Pursuing these animals can sometimes be a tricky thing. They are somewhat elusive and have a secretive natures, often rightly distrustful of humans. Though they can be found in many national parks, with even rare sightings in the hill country the most popular destinations for leopard tourism are Wilpattu and Yala National Parks. But if you want the best chance of catching a glimpse of the Sri Lankan Leopard, a safari at Yala is your best bet.

    Yala National Park is one of the oldest and most popular national parks in Sri Lanka and is home to a wonderful array of animals, plants and birds. But perhaps its most singular claim to fame lies in its leopard population as it holds the mantle of having the highest density of leopards living in the wild within its boundaries. It is estimated that the density is as high as one leopard per square kilometer in Block I, thus making Yala one of the best places out there to film and photograph these animals. The experience has been likened to tigers in India's national parks, as the leopards in Yala have become rather accustomed to a human presence, young males in particular have little fear of safari jeeps. With a little patience, some local expertise and a bit of luck you will be well on your way to seeing a Sri Lankan leopard firsthand. Under the guidance of an expert naturalist you might see one crossing the road or lying on the branch of a tree. Leopard safaris are rather unlike elephant safaris as while elephants may sometimes even come right up to the jeep, leopards must always be observed at a distance. Leopards can be seen at any time of the day but early morning and early evenings are best as animals often retreat deep into the jungles when the afternoon heat gets too much. Heavy rains must be avoided too as during rains leopards avoid water pools and roadsides, creating less of a chance of seeing one.

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