PRACTICAL INFO

Sri Lanka’s diverse seasons are equally alluring
and ensure that a stay with Noel Rodrigo’s
Leopard Safaris is rewarding at any time of the year

How to get there

If you’re coming to our safari camp on the edge of Yala National Park, please note that we are located close to the park’s Katagamuwa entrance and our nearest town is Kataragama, famous for its sacred temples.

For Wilpattu National Park, Nochiyagama to the south west of Wilpattu is our closest town.

Although public transport is available to both towns the best way to arrive at our wild camps is to travel here by car with your own personal driver. We’ll provide directions to your driver to our pickup point where our team will be waiting to transfer you to camp. If you haven’t arranged a car and driver we would be happy to do so on your behalf. We can also assist you in chartering a sea plane or helicopter if you’d like to arrive more comfortably and in style.

Unfortunately, we are unable to accommodate drivers in our safari camps,
however we can arrange your driver’s stay in a local guesthouse if required.


Yala National Park



Wilpattu National Park


What to pack

  • Lightweight, breathable cotton clothing
  • Jumper/cardigan for morning game drives
  • Camera, plus required equipment
  • Extra memory cards
  • Battery chargers (for camera/phone)
  • Sun hat or cap
  • Sunglasses and sun cream
  • Scarf/sarong for dust protection
  • Insect repellent
  • Head torch
  • Small day bag
  • Personal items

Weather

Sri Lanka is tempered by two monsoons (northwest and
southwest), which affect the island at opposing times
of the year (please see table below). During the monsoon 
season the parks are beautifully lush – the trees are in full
blossom, mornings are cool and dewy, and birds migrating
here from overseas contribute to the parks’ rich birdlife. 

This is also a wonderful time of the year to see Sri Lanka’s elephants. Conversely, in the dry season, when many waterholes dry up and the browning bush dies back, the chances of viewing big game are highest. In between seasons, you can enjoy the best of both worlds so no two visits to our safari camps in Sri Lanka are ever the same!

If you are visiting our safari camp in Sri Lanka during the monsoon season, rest assured that the weather should not dampen your experience. Rains are frequent but usually last only for an hour or so a day, bringing respite to the heat of the day and quickly giving way to sunny or clear skies. Our tents are fully waterproof and we are well geared towards this weather.

EXPECTED RAINFALLS
AND CHANCES OF SIGHTING ANIMALS 

Yala National Park

Wilpattu National Park

+- : reasonable chances of sightings 
+ : good chances of sightings
++ : very good chances of sighting 

Weather forecast

Please note that we are not experts in predicting the weather and this information is based on our past experience.
In nature there is always luck involved and we cannot give a guarantee!
In order to be prepared for your holiday, please check the weather forecast before your visit: