What is camping at Leopard Trails?
Leopard Trails Bespoke Tented Safaris invites you to enjoy a truly authentic safari experience. Our camps are setup in the buffer zone of Sri Lanka’s exotic jungles giving you an opportunity to explore the island’s spectacular array of wildlife. Our camps are the epitome of natural elegance and exclusivity. Explore some of Sri Lanka’s most remote corners, complete with all the comforts and amenities of the modern explorer. We provide all inclusive packages that include game drives, accommodation, food, and drink.
What is the best time of day to see wildlife?
Early morning and the hours preceding sunset are ideal times to view wildlife. Clients are taken on game drives during these times.
What is the best time of year to see wildlife?
There is something for everyone at all times of the year whether it be Sloth Bear sightings during the Palu season, migratory birds during the winter months, or Leopards near waterholes during the drier months. Please contact us for more details on the best time of year to visit based on your specific requirements.
What belongings should we bring?
We encourage you to travel light. For a comprehensive list of what to bring please see the following link The Safari Suitcase.
Do children accompany their parents to Leopard Trails?
We encourage family groups and young children. A couple of nights spent at Leopard Trails can be an exciting and educational experience for young children. We encourage them to learn the names of mammals and birds, take dips in the river, browse through our library, as well as listen to stories of the jungle around the campfire.
What are the meals like at Leopard Trails?
Enjoy predominantly local cuisine specifically prepared for a foreign palate with the freshest ingredients by our specially trained cook and served by an attentive staff. Dine under the stars, in our dining tent or even in the river! We do cater to vegetarians and others with specific requirements if informed in advance.Please make sure you fill out and return to us the guest questionnaire which we send all direct customers and travel agents. We serve a variety of Sri Lankan, Asian, and Continental cuisine.
What if it rains? Should I visit during the monsoon?
Rain should not dampen your spirits and even during the monsoon, rain can quickly give way to sunny skies. You will be protected from the rain in your large en suite water proof customer tent, as well as in the dining tent. For mobility within camp we provide umbrellas and raincoats if required. During sunshine hours after heavy rainfall many animals such as leopards may come out into the sun to dry themselves. Some of the best photographic opportunities present themselves when the jungle takes on a richer color palette during the monsoon. In addition the monsoon season can be the best time to see birds and elephants.
How secure are my belongings? Will there be a safe/locker?
If you do have belongings that need to be carefully stored away please hand them over to the camp manager on arrival.
Is there anywhere I can charge my laptop/phone/camera battery?
We do provide charging points in each tent for small electronic devices such as laptops, mobile phones, and camera batteries. Please speak to the camp manager about charging your electronic items.
Does Leopard Trails provide laundry facilities?
We do not provide laundry facilities.
Check in times?
Clients will be picked up from the designated pick up point at 1300 hours. Pick up point details will be sent to you by your travel agent and in the case of direct customers you would have received this along with your booking confirmation and pro forma invoice.
Check out times?
Clients will be taken back to the pick up / drop off point at around 1100 hours on the day of departure and are expected to make their own travel arrangements from that point on.
Is there mobile phone reception?
There are a few areas within the park and surrounding areas that have mobile phone reception. The reception at these points are enough to take a quick phone call or send a text message. It is unlikely that you will be able to use 3G devices such as an Ipad to surf the internet for any significant amount of time.
Maximum number of people in each safari vehicle?
We generally limit this to 6 clients per safari vehicle. An exclusive vehicle can be arranged at a cost of $150 per day.
Maximum number of people at camp?
Camping with Leopard Trails is best enjoyed with no more than 12 – 15 people at camp so as to maintain the exclusivity. However, for groups travelling together we will reconsider.