I was lucky enough to visit Leopard Trails to write a review for LT – the Sri Lankan magazine I work for. I was luckier that they let me bring my kid and that almost all the founders of Leopard Trails Camp were also visiting at that time and so were around to explain their vision.
The experience was remarkable in more ways than one. Without scooping my own magazine, I am now writing my first Trip Advisor review ever, because Leopard Trails deserves it! The camp is sprawling and tastefully manicured, the tents are more than comfortable; the food is authentic Sri Lankan fare, prepared well and served generously. All possible luxuries in the middle of a wilderness area have been considered and are on offer, including an all-inclusive bar that features everything from fine wines to single malts.
But ultimately, it is all about respecting the wilderness, while still allowing guests to experience a real Sri Lankan safari. In this regard, the Leopard Trails team have hit the target and positioned themselves exactly at the turning point of responsible wildlife promotion in Sri Lanka. The passion and commitment to wildlife of the entire team is obvious, it will drive the continued success of this venture I believe.
The “Park Rangers” are unique to Sri Lanka too, the Leopard Trails guides are not only qualified, they are passionate about the wildlife around them and genuinely nice and hospitable – we hear they don’t want to leave, even when it’s time to take a break!
This is a destination experience – one that shows off the biodiversity of Sri Lanka while minimising the carbon footprint (or for that matter actual footprint) it leaves behind. Luxurious, meticulously planned and still exuding warmth and hospitality, this is what Sri Lanka’s wildlife community have been asking for and what tourism in Sri Lanka can and should be - the Leopard Trails Camp experience offers it all.
My kid is 5 years old and loved every minute of it!
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- Leopard Trails bespoke tented safaris redefine the original tented safari with convenient modern-day amenities, all the while staying true to the romantic ambiance of a by-gone British colonial era filled with adventure. Tented Safaris is the most authentic form of safari, a true immersion into the sights and sounds of the wilderness. ... more less
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