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Yala National Park consists of scrub jungle, lakes, and riverine habitats, and it has gained international notoriety as one of the best places on the planet to view leopards. The Leopard Trails camp in Yala National Park offers travellers the chance to stay close to the action, bordering the national park, with a luxury mobile camping safari experience.
This intimate camp consists of just five comfortable African safari style tents, each with its own en suite bathroom, with flushing toilet (quite the luxury here), and outdoor shower. Tents are modest, with the essential furnishings, as well as a few design features which are reminiscent of the colonial era. The tents are lit in the evenings, powered by a silent generator so as not to disturb from the sounds of nature. The essentials can be charged by in-tent power points too - camera batteries should be fully charged at all times! A pair of chairs sits by the entrance of each tent, which are simply perfect for relaxing during the day in a spot of shade, or enjoying the sounds of the jungle and the great bird watching opportunities at sunrise.
The communal lounge tent hosts the dining area, lounge, bar and a small library, and is furnished with sofas and comfy lounge chairs. On warmer, dry days and evenings, drinks and meals can be enjoyed al fresco. All meals are included in guests stays, and include both Sri Lankan and Western dishes, created from locally grown vegetables, and locally sourced meat and fish.
Guests can depart on two game drives per day, in search of the leopard, as well as a vast array of other - often overlooked - species, including Asian Elephants, Sloth Bears, Mouse Deer, and Grey Langurs. The National Park is accessed through the quieter entrance, and first light drives ensure the best possible wildlife spotting experience. The more active guest can also join the resident naturalist on the nature trail, which concludes at a large boulder from where there are stunning views across the jungle.
The Young Rangers programme at Leopard Trails is just perfect for amusing the little ones, as they learn about wildlife conservation in Sri Lanka, as well as enabling them to identify bird calls, and animal footprints.
Frances, Original Traveller