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.
Both Yala and Wilpattu offer so-called ‘standard’ tents, while Yala also offers two even smarter.
There are six standard tents in all at Yala and three at Wilpattu. Prosaically-described as ‘standard’, these tents are large- more than big enough to swing a wild cat. The bathrooms have fitted wash basins, mirrors and private outdoor showers.
Set slightly apart from the rest of the camp, the luxury tents at Yale are even smarter tents and echo the styling of the rest of the camp but offer a little more space. The bathrooms are also slightly larger with twin wash basins and an indoor shower.
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.