You would like to have a hot or cold shower after a thrilling fotoshoot of leopards, 'tuskers' and slot bears on an open jeep in the middle of the Sri Lankan djungle? And then a first class menu and chilled beverages that can easily compete with any top restaurant in Paris or any other European city? What about sleeping in a queen-size bed while 'camping' on the shore of a lake? No problem, we enjoyed all of this. Noel, Cecile, Sajith and their Leopard Safaris team served us with charme and passion and made our two-day adventure an unforgettable experience far out in Wilpattu national park. It was amazing to see such a great variety of different animals in an undisturbed environment, and we were really thrilled and excited to get very close to them in their natural environment, giving us the opportunity to take some really unique and unforgettable photos. We only had two days with the team in Wilpattu, but could easily have spent a week out there - and we will definitely go back to get more.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- Only one man has made his home for thirty-five years amongst the world's highest concentration of leopards in the wild. Noel Rodrigo personally guides guests into Sri Lanka's most dramatic landscapes and natural habitats for elephants, sloth bears and crocodiles as well, in the utmost comfort, thanks to his former career as a first class airline cabin manager. Setting Noel's safaris to Yala and Wilpattu National Parks apart however are not merely the Toyota jeeps customized with camera support points and powerful binoculars for every guest, nor the South African tents outfitted with king size beds, en suite bathrooms, cooling units and private decks, nor even the healthy homemade Sri Lankan cuisine and imported wines. "I don't want my guests to feel any difference," says Noel of his elite team, recognized for their expertise by leading travel agents and international publications including Robb Report, Tatler and How To Spend It. In close coordination, Noel and these equally attuned animal trackers and bird specialists lead twice-daily game drives - most see a leopard, often many -- while hornbills, kingfishers and peacocks flutter overhead. "Elephants may come to drink at the waterhole by your tent," Noel tantalizingly warns his guests of all ages, honeymooners, families and friends among them, at his well appointed camps in the Sri Lankan jungle and high upon the Knuckles Range where nature photography lessons, cooking classes and equatorial stargazing are among the additional activities on offer amidst these timeless natural surroundings. ... more less