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Yala/Wilpattu National Park
Accommodation in large en suite tents with alfresco shower
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Yala/Wilpattu National Park
Yala National park
If viewing a diverse array of wildlife is at the top of your agenda then Yala national park is the place to visit. The vegetation consists of scrub jungle, lakes, and brackish lagoons to riverine habitat. Is one of the most visited national parks in the country and is divided into 5 Blocks and it is Block 1 which covers over 14,000 hectares that is most frequently traversed.
Yala’s main draw is the leopard and it is said to be one of best places in the world to view leopards. It has been theorized that Yala may have the highest density of leopards in the world. However, on a safari with Leopard Trails we make it a point to showcase the diversity of wildlife that Yala has to offer. On a two night stay it is possible to spot and identify over a 100 species of birds. The density of mugger crocodiles within Yala is also quite an underrated feature of the park. Yala is also one of the better places in Sri Lanka to come across tusked elephants. At the end of the North-east Monsoon (February), the park is also very good for butterflies. There are 2 main rivers flowing through Yala, the Manik Ganga and the Kumbukkan Oya and these two rivers serve as the lifeline to the park during the drier months.
Wilpattu National park
Wilpattu is Sri Lanka’s largest national park with an area of 130,000 hectare. It is also the oldest national park which has been reopened after several years of closure due to the armed conflict in the country. A few decades ago it was Wilpattu that was known ahead of Yala for its Leopard population. A unique feature of Wilpattu national park is that the entire park is dotted with large sand rimmed natural lakes known as “Villus”. The Villus collects rain water and tends to attract wildlife especially during the times of drought. The main draw in Wilpattu is the leopard and sloth bear. It is also one of the better parks to see barking deer. Wilpattu is bounded to the north and south by 2 main rivers, the Modara Gamaru towards the north of the park and the Kala Oya to the south of the park Wilpattu is not only famous for its wildlife but also for its archaeological and historical importance. About 500 years before the birth of Christ it is believed that Prince Vijaya from India and his followers landed in a place called Thambapanni in the North West corner of Wilpattu and formed the Sinhalese kingdom. There are still many archaeological ruins and stories to be told about this and many other fascinating historical events that took place within the borders of what we now call Wilpattu.
|Leopard (Panthera pardus kotiya)||Leopard (Panthera pardus kotiya)|
|Asian Elephant (Elephas maximus maximus)||Asian Elephants (Elephas maximus maximus)|
|Mugger Crocodiles (Crocodylus palustris)||Sloth Bear (Melursus ursinus)|
|Sloth Bear (Melursus ursinus)||Spotted Deer (Axis axis)|
|Ceylon Junglefowl (Gallus lafayetii)||Barking Deer (Muntiacus muntjak)|
|Sri Lanka Woodshrike (Tephrodornis affinis)||Mouse-deer (Tragulus Nigricans)|
|Sri Lanka Swallow (Cecropis hyperythra)||Wild Boars (Sus scrofa)|
|Stone-curlew (Esacus recurvirostris)||Water Buffalos (Bubalus bubalis)|
|Sirkeer Malkoha (Phaenicophaeus leschenaultii)||Mugger Crocodiles (Crocodylus palustris)|
|Blue-faced Malkoha (Phaenicophaeus viridirostris)||Ceylon Junglefowl (Gallus lafayetii)|
|Malabar Pied Hornbill (Anthracoceros coronatus)||Brown-capped Babbler(Pellorneum fuscocapillus)|
|Black-naped Hare (Lepus nigricollis)||Black-naped Monarch (Hypothymis azurea)|
|Water Buffalos (Bubalus bubalis)||White-rumped Shama (Copsychus malabaricus)|
|Spotted Deer (Axis axis)||Ruddy Mongoose (Herpestes smithii)|
|Sambar Deer (Rusa unicolor)||Indian Grey Mongoose (Herpestes edwardsii)|
|Grey Langur (Semnopithecus)||Purple-faced Langur (Trachypithecus vetulus)|
|Toque Monkey (Macaca sinica)||Sri Lankan Grey Horbill (Ocyceros gingalensis)|
|Stripe-necked Mongoose (Herpestes vitticollis)||Oriental Dwarf Kingfisher (Ceyx erithaca)|
|Ruddy Mongoose (Herpestes smithii)||Greater Thick-knee (Esacus recurvirostris)|
|Indian Grey Mongoose (Herpestes edwardsii)||Pin-tail Snipe (Gallinago stenura)|
|Brown Mongoose (Herpestes fuscus)||Indian Rock Python (Python molurus)|
|Wild Boar (Sus scrofa)|
|Jackal (Canis aureus)|
|Land Monitor (Varanus Bengalensis)|
|Mouse-deer (Tragulus Nigricans)|
|Sri Lanka Green Pigeon (Treron pompadora)|
|Indian Rock Python (Python molurus)|
Excellent5.0 from 263 reviews
As a family of 5, we all enjoy different things, but Leopard trails impressed us all and was a highlight of our two week Sri Lanka trip for sure. We stayed for one night, and went for two game drives, in the evening and morning. It exceeded our expectations very much, and every little thing was great! We got straight into it right away, taking the jeep to the camp where drinks and cold towels were waiting for us. The tents were fantastic, way better than expected, as were as the bathrooms (we all had fun taking a shower in the outdoors!) and the food was definitely the best of the trip. The cook was amazing and the staff were too, Aron was an amazing ranger, making sure we had the best time possible, which we all enjoyed immensely. We learnt so much, and the rest of the staff were so friendly also. We didn't end up seeing a leopard, but saw crocodiles, monkeys, boars, and elephants, (the best part of which, was when we were leaving, a huge tusked elephant crossed the road right in front of us!) In fact, in the evening, when it was dark, we went crocodile hunting and got within 15 metres of a huge salt water crocodile, which was never to be forgot! Safety was not an issue for us as we never felt in danger and we were lucky enough to be in the camp when the pilgrims were in Yala, which was a great experience. The whole stay was fantastic, we would 100% go again, and we wish we could have stayed longer! We recommend very highly.
Stayed August 2015, travelled with family
Leopard Trails was our first stop on our holiday in Sri Lanka, and quite honestly the best place we stayed at, in terms of the overall experience. We
were a group of Americans , stayed 2 nights which was ideal. Must say that the stay here was one of the better ones in my life. The camp is situated
right on the edge of the park.
Our children enjoyed every bit of it. Staff was extra special and although it was off season they did a fantastic job to make our stay enjoyable. On
our check in we were well informed about the do's and dont's.
The amenities provided were 5 star if you know that you in the jungle.
Food was good and location of dining was excellent. The experience of having shower in the Open Jungle was personally, my favorite part of the
experience. When we return to Sri Lanka, we will return to Leopard Trails. Highly recommend.
Stayed July 2015, travelled with family
Our experience at Leopard Trails far exceeded our expectations. The facilities were great, the staff made us feel very welcome and the rangers very
knowledgable - their passion for wildlife and the great outdoor inspired the naturalist in us and made our stay truly memorable. We would highly
recommend Leopard Trails. These guys know what they are doing! We were there for one night but wish we could have stayed on for another night or two.
Stayed August 2015, travelled as a couple
What a find this place was, Aron and his team manage this operation to perfection from the camp, tents, and the delicious hospitality to the Safari
everything was anticipated, nothing was too much trouble. Out on safari Aron sat with us in the vehicle explaining and imparting his passion and
extensive knowledge of the wildlife we encountered from the birds to the elephants and leopard and all other manner of creeping, slithering, flying
and pacing beasts! Aron is one of those lucky people who has manged to combine is passion with his work, he trained in South Africa and is a
qualified ranger. They take safety very seriously and with three young children, the youngest only 4 this was always a concern of ours but we felt
very safe in their care which was not as evident with other groups desperate to catch that Kodak moment. Truly an amazing atmosphere and well worth
Stayed August 2015, travelled with family
Thank you to everyone at Leopard trails we had a great stay, Thank you to Arron and Jaron our terrific guides. Food and Tents really good as well as
our driver. Got to see 2 leopards and so much more. Thanks again from Giulia Joyce
Room Tip: Luxury Tent great