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The younger sister camp to Leopard Trails Yala, Leopard Trails Wilpattu was established in order to take advantage of the wonderful wildlife spotting opportunities in this often overlooked national park. Home to leopard and sloth bears, Asian elephants and Water Buffalo, the wildlife spotting in Wilpattu is on par with its more famous counterpart. It is also widely believed that Wilpattu was the site of the formation of the Sinhalese Kingdom many centuries ago, and so it is a region full of history, and fascinating archaeological ruins.
The camp is located just 20 minutes from the entrance to Wilpattu, in the buffer zone, and so offers an adventurous camping experience in the wilderness, without foregoing the creature comforts and service of a boutique hotel. There are just three tents at Wilpattu, which can house up to nine guests at a time. Accommodation tents include a sleeping area with twin or double beds, dressed in Egyptian linens, ensuite bathroom with sink and flushable loo, and an outdoor shower. Camping chairs are placed on the verandah, to offers guests some shaded al fresco seating, from which to enjoy the sights and sounds of nature. Solar panels generate the power for lights, pedestal fans and plug sockets within the tents.
All meals and drinks are included in guests stays, served in the communal Lounge tent, or under a starlit sky and around the campfire in fine weather. The Lounge tent also houses comfortable sofas for lazy evenings, regaling stories of the day's wildlife sightings. Both Sri Lankan and Western dishes are on offer, using the freshest local produce, and the chef is also keen to offer cookery demonstrations to avid foodies.
Guests will depart on two game drives per day, in search of leopard, deer, mongoose, elephants and sloth bears, travelling in open top safari vehicles, and accompanied by knowledgeable guides.