If you love to see wildlife this is the place-11 Leopard sightings!!
We stayed at Kulu Safari’s for 3 nights, with the hope that everyone does, to see a leopard. The drive from the main gate to the camp along the river is about 30-45 minutes through the park. The tents are set up on the elevated river bank overlooking the river and its beach, with enough room between them for privacy. The tents have a sleeping area with a bed, a little table with a thermos and two drinking glasses of filtered water. Also, there is the first section where there is a little compact shelf area, rods to hang up your clothes and towels. They also provide you with a flashlight at night. Outside the tent is a sitting area with a couple of chairs and a table. A few feet away from the tent is the toilet and the shower. At night they have burning torches which not only help you to see your way, but keep the mosquitos away. The staff is very friendly and accommodating. They have a gin and tonic waiting for you after your afternoon game drive, and for us coffee after the morning drive. I especially liked the first morning when they set the table up in the middle of the river and served breakfast. What was more amazing is watching the elephant drinking in the river while you are having breakfast. There isn’t much to do between game drives but sit back and relax. This lead to some interesting wildlife viewing. The grey monkeys are on the opposite side of the river, while the brown monkeys play in the trees overhead. The big monitor lizard will walk right in front of you down the path, all the ever slow. We did see a snake, but was told that was rare. He wasn’t poisonous at all and when we tried to get a closer look he slithered rather quickly the other way. Many small lizards about, but one of the highlights was sitting there watching an elephant walk between the tent next to us, down the beach and across the river to the other side. The other highlight one night was eating on the beach and hearing something. Turn on the flashlight, only to see four adult and two baby elephants splashing in the river not 50 feet from us. Only downside it was pitch black so no photos.
Seeing all this wildlife so close to camp is not only exciting, but one can’t help to wonder what happens at night. Although there were sounds of the peacocks all night long, nothing gets into the tents. The zippers are really tight in the sleeping area, so not bugs or any other night creature can get in. The downside is the tents get warm. I highly advise you ask the staff if they will unzip the windows, makes a big difference.
We were lucky enough to have the place to ourselves the first two nights, which mean game drives to ourselves also. We had a wonderful driver, guide and park tracker with us. The first night we didn’t see any leopards, but since we were new all the other animals kept our attention. The next morning our wake-up call comes at 5am and we were in the jeep by 5:30 ready to go. The first water hole granted us what we came to see, a male leopard walking along the back bank. We were the only vehicle there. We saw four more leopards that morning and each sighting, we were the first vehicle there and had the viewing to ourselves for at least 5 minutes. We saw leopards on the rest of our four drives and were always the first ones there. Even if for only a minute on a couple. I am amazed at how the guide, tracker and driver could spot leopards in the distance, and under the brush where it took me a few seconds to find after they pointed to exactly where they were. In addition to leopards, we saw jackals, many species of birds, water buffalo, many peacocks (two with their tail feathers open), elephants with babies, wild boar, mongoose and a cobra.
Because of the staff and the location of camp, I could have spent another night there. With no cell service or internet connection it truly makes you relax. The most important thing is they have a way to charge your camera batteries so no missing any leopard photos. If I ever get back that way, I will definitely be staying again. Highly recommend Kulu Safari’s.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- Kulu Safaris - The Pioneers for mobile tented camping safaris.Deep in the jungle away from the hum drum of everyday life is the opportunity for man and nature to reconnect – the way it used to be. This opportunity has been made possible by Kulu Safaris Sri Lanka.In Sri Lanka Kulu Safaris redefined the concept of camping in the National Parks with mobile tents which allow you to immerse yourself in the wild with all the comforts that modern civilization can give you.As you go on sightings of elephants, leopards, bears and birds along with your own professional naturalist you can rest assured that you will have delicious cooking, a comfortable tent and even hot and cold showers when you get back to camp.Our mobile camping experience combines five star luxuries with natures wildest. Our spacious tents come fully equipped with hot and cold water showers, toilets and a huge bed to relax in. Cosy lounge chairs at the entrance to your tent provide you with the space to unwind and relax to the sounds of the great outdoors. ... more less
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- Also Known As:
- Kulu Safari Company Hotel Colombo