Our Wild Safaris
Our expert naturalists at Noel Rodrigo’s Leopard Safaris will take you on an unforgettable experience at Yala and Wilpattu National Parks, Sri Lanka’s premier game reserves.
We have been operating our professional safari tours since 2006, with upmost respect for the flora & fauna inhabiting the National Parks. We believe in minimal animal disturbance on our wild Safari Tours.
Promising an incomparable experience in the wild, you’ll safari daily aboard our Toyota Land Cruisers, customized for your comfort. Our excursions are in the cooler hours of the morning and late afternoon when the chances of spotting wildlife are at their best.
Our guides know the parks inside out and will take you to the best spots for spotting elephants, leopards, crocodiles and sloth bears.
About Yala National Park
Yala National Park is located in the Southeast of Sri Lanka and borders the Indian Ocean to the East. With its 979 square kilometers (97,881 hectares or 379 square miles), it is Sri Lanka’s second largest National Park.
Due to its size and location on the island Yala offers a wide variety of habitats such as dry zones, rivers, lagoons, forest, rocky outcrops, and shore line and therefore boasts a high diversity of mammals, reptiles, amphibians and plant species.
Yala is divided into 5 blocks, each block has a different name and can be visited with individual permits. Generally when talking about ‘Yala National Park’ people are referring to Block I (Ruhuna National Park) which is where most safaris happen, and is famous for having one of the highest densities of leopards in the world. Block I has 2 entrances – the main entrance (Palatupana) near Tissamaharama and the quieter back entrance (Katagamuwa) near Kataragama. For our safaris we use the Kataragama entrance in order to offer our clients a more private experience.
About Wilpattu National Park
Wilpattu is located in the Northwest of Sri Lanka and borders the Indian Ocean in the West. With its 132km (131,693 hectares), it is Sri Lanka’s largest National Park. The name “Wilpattu” is the Tamil term for “place of lakes” referring to the more than 40 lakes and waterholes inside the park that are hot-spots for seeing wildlife.
Wilpattu offers a wide variety of habitats such as dry zones, thick jungle and rocky beach cliffs and therefore boasts a high diversity of mammals, reptiles, amphibians and plant species. One mostly sees leopards strolling along a lonely road dappled with the rays of the sun through the forest foliage; coming out of the thick bush and stretching out on the beautiful white sand; or slowly approaching the water hole. When it is satisfied that the surroundings are free from danger, it proceeds to quench its thirst.
Other than mammals, there is an impressive variety of endemic and seasonal birds.
WHAT CAN I SEE?
Widely acknowledged as the Leopard capital of the world, Sri Lanka is the place for seeking out this rare creature, as well as an exciting range of other wildlife. In Sri Lanka leopards are the apex predators, with no real competition for food. This means they are generally not shy and you can even find leopards walking along the road during daytime, or simply escaping from the heat by sleeping relaxed on a shady tree.
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.
Sri Lanka is tempered by two monsoons (north-east and south-west), which affect the island at opposing times of the year. 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!