Each member of the team was handpicked by Noel for their experience and expertise. Personalised service is our forte and we will always cater to the requests of our guests’ individual needs, no matter how large or small. Our aim is to make you feel comfortable, informed and at home in Sri Lanka’s wildest destinations.
Noel Rodrigo, founder
Noel Rodrigo known as the Sri Lanka’s ‘Leopard Man’, is extremely passionate about nature and wildlife, and has dedicated most of his life to exploring the great outdoors, traversing Sri Lanka extensively, researching wildlife and leading expeditions.
Having worked as a cabin manager for Sri Lankan Airlines for 25 years – a job that took him across the world – Noel gained an in-depth understanding of the service industry. This has allowed him to develop his Leopard Safaris in accordance with international standards and ensures his company is the best in the field.
Noel takes a hands-on approach at the company by leading and guiding his team to give customers an unforgettable and unique safari camping experience.
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Cecile, head of marketing and finance/naturalist
Hailing from Germany, Cecile studied business administration on a prestigious course at the University of Cologne, as well as Finance at the University of Leicester in the UK. In early 2011 she came to Sri Lanka when she met Noel and decided to spend the rest of her life with him in the wild.
On her first visit to the camp she witnessed a leopard killing a crocodile, a rare and life-changing experience that sparked her interest in wildlife. She decided to stay in Sri Lanka and join the team. She is the head of bookings, administration, finance, marketing and project planning at our head office. Cecile also puts her artistic talents to good use by hosting wildlife art classes at camp for kids on request.
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Pasindu (Pasi), camp manager/naturalist/wildlife photographer
Since his early childhood when his uncle introduced him to Sri Lanka’s national parks Pasindu dreamed about working in an organisation that dedicated itself to wildlife. His passion has always been the Sri Lankan wildlife, which encouraged him to join the Noel Rodrigo’s Leopard Safaris team.
Pasi’s superb knowledge of our National Parks, his love of the outdoors and wildlife makes him an ideal and enthusiastic nature guide. He absorbs any gaps in his knowledge by avidly reading wildlife books, and is especially knowledgeable on Sri Lanka’s “Big Three”, the leopard, elephant and sloth bear.
Sameera (Sam), management trainee, naturalist / host
Since Sameera was young, he was passionate about wildlife and tried to spend as much time as he could by doing camping around the country and watching wildlife. This passion was so strong that he decided to study natural science and zoology as a main subject to learn more about those topics.
“Being in the jungle and to learn about jungle and wildlife is my hobby, but now it became also my job which I love”.
Sameera has a lot of experience in the Knuckles mountain range, where he feels at home surrounded by the Sri Lankan flora and fauna.