Flat footpaths lead to the tents from the centre of the campsite. The tented accommodations are comfortable and generous in proportion with air conditioning to beat the heat of the day. Decorated in hues of “Safari Green” they are well furnished. You do not have to worry about facilities including charging phones and cameras. You can afford to forget your insect repellent as you would find one in your tent. An adjoining covered outdoor en-suite has a shower with hot and cold water and flushable toilette. The deck at the entrance is perfect for ‘me time’ with the sounds of birds and surrounding bushland and the brackish lagoon. We loved sitting here early morning before sunrise, pre safari with a cup of coffee in hand watching the reflection of the moon still intact across the water.
The heart of Leopard Trails Yala is the welcome tent. Guests are welcomed into a large comfortable area with a refreshment for a briefing and explanation of their schedule for their time at the camp. This is also the location for viewing the educational videos on the Leopards of Yala. This property is committed to research and conservation of Sri Lankan leopards in Yala. Leopard Trails has some of the best rangers in the region making it another great choice for safaris.
We love the bar located in the welcome area, just perfect to relax before or after a safari. Dining at Leopard Trails Yala is a very special experience. The menu and location are tailor made and you never have to sit in the same place whether you decide to dine privately or join the other guests at the camp. Our dinner under the stars was luxurious and definitely an incredible experience in Sri Lanka travel. A “Culinary journey through Sri Lanka” an 8-course degustation “tasting” menu served under the stars and lit by flaming torches, what a stunning way to end a safari and a day full of action
Between safari’s there are other optional activities on offer; guided bush walks, specialist birding tours, cooking classes, a floating raft cruise on the Lake or a visit to a jungle Monastery. For families travelling with Kids, the conservation/junior r anger programme will keep the kids engaged and active between safaris.
The location and setting of Leopard Trails - Yala are private, its own destination. Typically, a stop when arriving from the north of Sri Lanka, such as Kandy and continuing to the south coast and onto Galle.