Leopard Trails (Yala & Wilpattu)

Welcome to Leopard Trails

Leopard Trails camps hark back to a bygone era of Ceylonese safari; one of elegant adventure and wild refinement.

With one in Yala, in the south east, and one in Wilpattu, north of Colombo, these are camps, well and truly, but camps unlike others you’ll find on the island; beds are large, bathrooms are spacious and bars are well-stocked. This is camping in the loosest sense.

That slight indulgence, though, shouldn’t belie the passion these guys have for the island’s wonderful wildlife and its leopard in particular. That fascination and excitement is bound to rub off during your time in camp.

Camping of a different sort

The Leopard Trails tents channel an Edwardian-glam with classic teak safari furniture (collapsible bedside and writing tables) and Queen-sized, Egyptian-cotton-clad beds.

Camps are far from huge; eight tents at Yala and just three currently in Willpattu. All tents have air-conditioning, great for the mid-day siesta! Each tent has a little verandah, the ideal spot for a post-safari, pre-dinner drink.

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Some of the island’s best guiding

Leopard Trails is justly proud of its guiding team.

Collectively having studied and trained in Sri Lanka, the UK, Australia and South Africa, Jerome, Arran, Indika Avijja and Dinal make wonderfully insightful and experienced companions for your journeys into the national parks.

Back from safari, guides also act as camp hosts, sharing their experiences of and enthusiasm for the island’s wildlife.

What the guests say

“Beyond Glamping! I didn’t realize a five star tent experience was possible.....Not only did it surpass all expectations, but the food, drinks and service were second to none. The Guide, Avi was brilliant, informative and great fun....He along with the rest of the guys made our trip so special we did not want to leave”

UK guest, August 2016 – TripAdvisor

“We both had the most amazing time, from the time we were met to the time we left. Arran and Avijjah made us feel very welcome. This was our first ever safari and it met all our expectations plus more. The luxury camp was relaxed and welcoming, the food and hospitality first class. The safaris were exciting each one different.”

UK guest, August 2016 – TripAdvisor

“I was wary of staying in a tented camp in Sri Lanka having stayed at some top notch canvas camps in Africa….I was proved wrong – very wrong!”

UK guest, September 2016 – TripAdvisor

“We had an absolutely brilliant time at Leopard Trails ... the whole experience was amazing from the knowledge of the guides to the food ..the tents with the outdoor shower and the twice daily drives into Yala ... we loved the evening drinks under the stars and the whole relaxed but caring atmosphere of the camp”

Australian guest, August 2016 – TripAdvisor


Yala National Park sits in the south eastern rump of the island. Heading straight there from Colombo airport would be a 5-6 hour drive, though most will reach Yala having been inland first. Wilpattu is a two hour drive north from the airport as you skirt up the west coast.
6 hours from Colombo to Yala
2 hours from Colombo to Wilpattu
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We’re very happy to organise transfers to and from the airport, or to other Collection properties around the island.