Best big cat safari outside Africa

Authentic Sri Lankan Wilderness Experience
Yala National Park
4 Night /5 Days

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Tour Itinerary

Book a once in a lifetime experience in one of Sri Lanka’s best national parks, brought to you by Leopard Safaris, a pioneer tented safari camp provider in the island. Your adventure awaits.

 

Schedule

Day 1 Schedule in brief:

  • You will arrive at the pre-arranged meeting point at 12:30 pm.
  • You will be driven to Leopard Safari campsite in a 4WD safari jeep.
  • Lunch will be served at the campsite.
  • An evening safari adventure in the Yala National Park.
  • Return to the campsite.
  • Barbecue dinner will be served around a campfire.

Day 2,3 and Day 4 Schedule in Brief:

  • Early morning safari game drive
  • Breakfast will be had afterwards at the campsite
  • You can enjoy the late morning at the Leopard Safari Campsite
  • Lunch will be provided at the Leopard Safari Camp
  • Afternoon Safari Game Drive
  • Dinner will be had around the campfire

Day 5 Schedule in Brief:

  • Early morning safari game drive
  • Breakfast will be had afterwards at the campsite
  • Departure from the Leopard Safari at 10:00 am

Day 1 – Arrival at the Campsite in Yala

Arrival at Yala National Park, Entrance and Drive inside the Leopard Safari Campsite will be in a 4WD Safari Jeep.

The Leopard Safari Tented Safari Camping Experience

This is camping taken to the next level. The Leopard Safari Camp at Yala is set up using mobile safari tents, a fully equipped kitchen, well-set dining areas, and a range of luxuries that add a touch of class – hammocks for relaxation, flushable toilets and showers for conveniences you will not find in a jungle, and even cold beer, when you want to wind down on hot days. We will also provide you freshly laundered towels, raincoats, and casual slippers as a part of our package. All food is prepared using fresh ingredients onsite in a tented kitchen which comes equipped with cooler and freezer facilities.

Leopard Safari guests are ensured a star class dining experiences, as our menus are specially prepared and designed to give you maximum enjoyment. Watch out for our signature dishes that promise that little bit extra. Evenings are casual with a hearty barbecue meal in the silent wilderness. We have added a level of sophistication to the campsite using traditional flame torches and a roaring campfire to illuminate the area. All you have to do is sit back and enjoy the luxuries while our experienced staff caters to your every need. We at Leopard Safari believe that this helps you savour the Sri Lankan wilderness.

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Evening Safari at Yala National Park – a Wild Experience

Yala National Park is Sri Lanka’s most visited national park, and is renowned for its wide range of wildlife and stretch of coast. Just off the coast, there is an attractive coral reef as well. The main highlight of Yala National Park, though, is the prevalence of Sri Lankan Leopards within its boundaries. Yala National Park has the highest density of wild leopards anywhere in the world, estimated to be more than one per square kilometre (a very dense leopard population).

The boundaries of the Yala National Park is also famous for containing ruins of ancient civilisations, indicating that the area was not just inhabited by humans, but had a thriving population in the area.

The best time to see a wild leopard is either dawn or dusk. Male leopards in Yala are known to be confident and fearless of humans, as successful conservation efforts mean that people tend to leave these majestic creatures alone. Males can sometimes be seen walking the tracks during the day. Young males have been known to be unafraid of the Safari Jeeps, and might even come close to the jeeps, providing you amazing chances for photography.

Leopard Safari’s campsite is located very close to the park entrance; this makes it possible for us to take you to the core areas of the national park before anyone else. We make sure of this in order to give you the best wildlife experience. We have also cut down on the long travel time to the park entrance and the long queue for permits. You will get to enjoy the safari for the maximum possible duration, as we stay in the national park until the last minute. The ride to and from the park entrance resembles a mini-safari experience as well.

Leopards are not the only attraction in Yala National Park. It is also known to be one of the prime locations to see Sri Lankan Elephants, Sri Lankan Sloth Bears, Water Buffalo, A wide range of ungulates such as Axis deer and sambhur; primates such as Langurs and toque macaques, and smaller mammals such as wild rabbits, mongooses, and foxes as well. Yala is also a well-known birding location in Sri Lanka, as it contains a lot of species of native, endemic, and migratory birds. You can view them all from the comfort and safety of the safari jeep. Among the many bird species on view are rosy starlings, paradise flycatchers, Crested Hawk Eagles. Blue-Tail bee-eaters, and common Ioras.

Back at the Campsite

The Leopard Safari Yala campsite at dusk is a magical sight. Lit by torches, we make every effort to ensure that you will have a chance to wind down after a long safari and relax under a canopy of a million stars.

Dinner and Overnight Stay at Leopard Safari Campsite

We ensure that meal times in the campsite are special experiences. You will get a chance to dine in a unique setting. For example, we might set up lunch under the trees, and dinner overlooking the park, surrounded by lanterns. The special barbecue dinner will be made extra special as we provide a great ambience.

Your overnight stay will be a special experience, as you lie down in a comfortable raised bed, with fresh linen and all basic amenities provided.

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Day 2,3  and Day 4 – Your leopard safari adventure continues 

A morning safari is the best opportunity to enjoy the wilderness from a totally different perspective to the one you had in the evening. Although most of the animals you saw in the evening might still be active, you might get to see a wide range of mammalian, bird, and insect life come alive in the morning. Our morning safaris commence as early as 6:00 am, enabling you to have the best experience possible. On your return to the campsite after a three-hour safari, you will be greeted by a sumptuous breakfast spread expertly prepared by our chefs.

The late morning hours on this day can be spent at the campsite enjoying Mother Nature in its element. You may opt for a well-earned rest on a hammock in a shady area, reading a book or dozing off. You may also go for a walkabout in the campsite to see the experiences that the area provides – the chirping of birds, the silence of the forest, or the langurs swinging from branch to branch on a great Kumbuk tree. For children, Leopard Safari offers activities that keep them entertained, from card games to painting. They too will enjoy the beauty of nature and the wilderness this way.

After a scrumptious lunch prepared by our chefs, the afternoon safari begins at 3:30pm. This safari lasts till dusk, and you will return to the campsite in time to relax around a roaring campfire, after which you will be invited to enjoy a great dinner in a location that we have selected especially for you.

If you are worried that going on so many safari adventures will be monotonous, worry no more, as nature is nothing if not persistently changing. Each safari adventure will be unique, and wild animals don’t follow a schedule. You might see things on each safari experience that you don’t get to see in another. The Yala National Park may not be the largest National Park in the country, but it is sure to provide many opportunities for you to see its many facets and wilderness areas, so organise your safaris so that you get the maximum out of your experience with Leopard Safari.

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Day 5 – Your leopard safari adventure continues 

The fifth and final day of your tour can be customised to suit your needs. You may wish to take another early morning safari to capture anything you might have missed out on the day before. Following the safari, you will return to the Leopard Safari campsite to partake in a hearty breakfast prepared on-site by our expert chefs. The breakfast will include an array of local and continental dishes. After breakfast, your tour with Leopard Safari will end, and you will depart.

 

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What We Offer

  • Tented Accommodation that includes raised beds with luxurious bed linen and a bedside table. Basic amenities are also provided.
  • Fully sealed tent with nets for ventilation
  • En-suite flushable toilet with pipe-borne hot and cold water, wash basin, and a shower area.
  • Safari Jeeps with front facing comfortable elevated seats for maximised game viewing and photography opportunities.
  • Chilled or hot beverages and light snacks will be provided during the safaris at no additional charge.
  • An experienced naturalist is provided for each group of guests. (In case there are more than one jeeps, he/she will take turns in all jeeps during the safari tour)
  • Safari Jeeps are shared, although your comfort is never compromised.
  • Barbecue dinner for one night
  • A Basic a-la-carte menu is available for optional extras
  • A limited quantity of beer will be available at no extra cost.

 

 

 

Our Rates Include

  • Safaris at Yala National Park, including transport between the entrance of the park and the campsite in a non-air-conditioned open 4WD Safari Jeep.
  • Entrance fees to the National Park
  • Service charges paid to trackers from the Wildlife Department
  • The Services of a well-trained Eco Team Team Leader / Naturalist
  • Accommodation in fully serviced movable tents on full-board basis (with 3 meals provided, including Lunch and Dinner on day 1 and Breakfast on day 2)
  • All applicable government taxes.

 

 

 

Our Rates Do Not Include

  • Transportation to the initial meeting place
  • Any additional beverages or food that will be ordered extra
  • Any tips or gratuities to the staff
  • Any personal effects not mentioned here
  • Any items not included in the “Our Rates Include” section

 

 

 

Important

  • Clothing/raincoats and protection against warm/windy/rainy conditions should be brought and carried by clients
  • It is recommended that clients bring personal insect repellents, sun protection lotions, sun glasses etc.
  • Special dietary requirements should be notified in advance.

Payment Policy:  Full Payment with confirmation of the booking

Cancellation Policy:

  • 90 Days or more       : USD 200 Administrative Fee
  • 60 to 89 Days             : 15% of the tour cost will be charged
  • 30 to 59 Days             : 25% of the tour cost will be charged
  • 14 to 29 Days             : 50% of the tour cost will be charged
  • 8 to 13 Days               : 75% of the tour cost will be charged
  • Less than 7 Days      : No Refund

* Days will be counted from 6:00 am on the day the tour starts.

The descriptions and programmes mentioned in this document have been compiled after long, arduous, exploratory, and expensive work and are hence the property of Leopard Safaris. Using these programmes / descriptions for any public or commercial use requires the written permission of the said company.

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