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Leopard Trails

Leopard Trails

Yala National Park, Sri Lanka

Leopard Trails was born from a group of close friends in 2012, who share a love of outdoor adventures, camping, wildlife and wilderness, particularly the conservation of the latter.

This property sits not far from Yala’s park gates and has eight spacious, very comfortable tents. It’s the perfect place to switch off (there is no Wi-Fi) and experience what Yala and its surroundings have to offer, all with the help of Leopard Trail’s superb Game Rangers and naturalists.

OUR RATING: Medium

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OUR OPINION:

Leopard Trails is an intimate, very comfortable camp, ideally situated for exploring Yala, its wildlife and beautiful surroundings. The staff and Game Rangers are friendly and professional and the tents themselves are luxurious to retreat to after a day outdoors.

Rooms

Luxurious linen, dark wood furniture and air-conditioning are some of the luxurious touches which make the spacious tents very comfortable. Each has bathroom facilities (the shower is outside but private and with hot water) and a veranda. The suite option is even larger; ideal for groups of friends of families. 

Location

This luxurious but rustic tented camp is situated on the outskirts of Yala National Park, but conveniently located for each of the official entrances. Yala is the most visited National Park in Sri Lanka and is said to be home to the highest density of leopards anywhere in the world. The park, nestled in the south-east of Sri Lanka, is split into 5 blocks and boasts rivers, jungle, lagoons and lakes.

Food and drink

The jungle kitchens at Leopard Trails are simple and authentic but provide delicious dishes and meals. Sri Lankan curries and sambols often slow-cook all day, filled with local produce and a variation of spices. For foodies or a special occasion, a Leopard Trails bush dinner is quite an experience; a ‘culinary journey through Sri Lanka’ which is a memorable 8-10 course tasting menu, accompanied with a campfire and chilled drinks.

Facilities and activities

Exploring Yala park to see it’s huge variety of wildlife is the main draw to Leopard Trails (the clue’s in the name), however there are plenty of other activities: from guided bush walks and specialist birding tours to cooking lessons, photography safaris and cruises on the lake. For children there is a Junior Ranger Programme and for those wanting some history, there are 2nd-century BC ancient Buddhist monasteries nestled in the nearby jungle.

Tour ideas in Yala National Park

Our itineraries are there to spark ideas for how you could include a stay at Leopard Trails as part of your trip. Treat them simply as suggestions, because every aspect of the trip we create for you will be yours to define.

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    Alternative places to stay nearby

    Where possible, we like to offer a range of accommodation for each stop of your trip, chosen by our specialists as some of their favourite places to stay. To help you make the right choice, we give each property a rating based on its facilities and service, but we also look for hotels with distinct character or a location that can’t be bettered.

    Experiences while staying here

    The following activities are designed to give you the most authentic experiences of the area where you’re staying. We work with local guides, who use their knowledge and often a resident’s eye to show you the main sights and more out-of-the-way attractions. Our specialists can also suggest outdoor pursuits and activities, such as cooking classes, that will introduce you to the traditions of the area’s inhabitants.

    • Yala National Park Jeep Safari
      Bee-eater in the Yala National Park

      Yala National Park Jeep Safari

      Yala National Park Jeep Safari

      You can hope to see many species of birds including storks, kingfishers and peacocks. The animals residing in the park include crocodiles, elephants and buffalo.

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