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Leopard Safaris camp sits is blissful isolation in the buffer zone at Yala (read: as close as you can get), bordering the elephant fence. The camp is set up under the shade of a canopy of trees, and is home to numerous species of bird who act as natural alarm clock in time for the morning game drive. During the afternoon the pool area is the perfect spot to cool off and catch up on some sleep.
The tents themselves are comfortable but simple khaki dome tents, with running water to the bucket showers, and flushable toilets. Electricity comes in the form of solar powered battery packs that power sockets, as well as charging facilities in the jeeps, to ensure guests are never caught without camera battery to capture leopard sightings. Solar powered lighting is also provided in tents and toilets. This probably isn't the place for anyone used to superslick African bush camping, or overly-reliant on creature comforts, but all in all we think this is a great experience.
As of January 2018, the camp in Yala now boasts two spacious luxury tents, with four poster beds crafted from sustainable timber, rain showers, air-conditioning and outdoor decking.
The quality of the food on offer is top notch, and particularly for bush grub. Guests congregate around the fire for drinks in the evening to regale stories of wildlife viewings that day, before sitting down for a paraffin lamp-lit dinner. Everything while in camp is fully inclusive, including game drives and meals.
Leopard Safaris welcomes children over three and has a dedicated family friendly programme of activities to keep younger guests entertained. Each programme is tailor made for the particular age group and includes activities hosted by the naturalist who will share his knowledge regarding Sri Lanka's wildlife. Activities on offer include animal tracking, amateur photography classes, bird spotting, wilderness survival and animal focused games.
Breakfast and lunch are set up under a shady tree to enjoy before flopping in your hammock for a relaxing snooze before your evening game drive.
Frances, Original Traveller