Our team of naturalists share an avid passion for wildlife
Noel Rodrigo’s Leopard Safaris was established in 2006 in Yala, Sri Lanka. What began as a small organisation with just one jeep and a few tents is now a flourishing, award-winning camping experience in multiple national parks including Wilpattu.
The comfortable in-style accommodation, alfresco wining and dining experiences, and professionally-led expeditions by Noel Rodrigo into the heart of Sri Lanka’s most engaging national parks, has put Sri Lanka on the map as a premier wildlife destination and is preferred by passionate nature enthusiasts across the world.
NOEL RODGRIGO - Founder
Noel discovered his passion for wildlife at a young age and loves sharing his knowledge of Sri Lanka’s wildlife with like-minded individuals.
Known as the Sri Lanka’s ‘Leopard Man’, Noel 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.
In the early days Noel took his friends on rustic camping trips into the wild. This ignited his love affair with the island’s national parks and their wild inhabitants, particularly leopards. Over the years Noel developed his knowledge and began to identify the individual leopards. Noel quickly learnt to navigate the parks and discover the best places to observe big game. By 2006, Noel began operating these camping trips professionally as Noel Rodrigo’s Leopard Safaris.
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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Each member of the team was carefully selected 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.
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 slothbear.
DANI - Naturalist/Host
Dani has been passionate about wildlife since childhood with dreams to explore and connect with nature and wildlife as much as possible. Driven by the passion he enjoyed hiking, trekking and camping in many naturalists’ hubs in Sri Lanka.
Eventually Dani's interest had led him to continuously explore and research about wildlife destinations in Sri Lanka, where he learnt about Noel Rodrigo’s Leopard Safari’s and instantly knew that it was his dream job and destiny. He is an enthusiastic learner, reading and researching about fauna and flora; especially in the wildlife habitats of Sri Lanka.