Noel Rodrigos Leopard Safaris - Knuckles Mountain Range, Knuckles Mt. Range Sri Lanka, Kandy and Around
A word of warning: you will be very lucky to see a leopard! The campsite is run by 'Noel Rodrigos Leopard Safaris' one of Sri Lanka's foremost luxury camping options, originally famous for camping safaris in Yala National Park - home of the highest density of leopards in the world. The Knuckles Range is a wonderful place to see undisturbed wildlife in a natural setting, but it is not known for its leopard sightings!
However, they have now launched a camp in the remote and inaccessible Knuckles Mountain Range. An area famous for its biological diversity and lack of modern development: few roads cross the region to this day. The few people living in the area stay in close knit communities and often still practice the 'chena' (slash and burn) cultivation which their ancestors have done for centuries.
It's an increasingly popular region for adventurous travellers, wanting to leave the modern world behind them. At Experience Travel Group we have used a fantastic community based experience for years now (Abode), but this offers the first genuinely high end experience in the Knuckles Mountain Range. The camping facilities are excellent, with comfortable camp beds and toilets, whilst it's the quality of the naturalist guides which really sets Noel Rodrigos Leopard Trails apart.
This three-day tour is hardly roughing it – expect wildlife safaris and berry picking followed by sundowners in the Forest Bar and alfresco dining on the hillside. There is plenty of trekking though and this can be tailored to your level of fitness and experience.
- Savour the panoramic views as you take high tea
- Pluck berries and spot rare bird species on the bird trail
- Have a sundowner in the Forest Bar
- Enjoy a barbecue under the stars
- Spot leopards on the night safari
- Trek through the pigmy forest at your own pace
- Cool off under waterfalls
- Go rock climbing or plant a tree
- Enjoy lavish breakfasts and al fresco dining at lunch and dinner
- Camp in style with king size beds and open sky hot showers
You’ll love this tour for its great balance of action, relaxation, and good food along the way. Enjoy the atmosphere, meet new friends, and take the time to get to know this incredibly beautiful ancient mountain region.
Eco/Adventure - This category covers gorgeous lodges in the jungle, comfortable safari camps and dreamy, but simple, beach cabanas. These places defy conventional categorisation: what is communing with nature to one person may be terrifying bugs to another! Many of these places are very comfortable and the service generally of a very high level - but please read the website review carefully and/or talk to us and be sure to have understood what you are letting yourselves in for!
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- Walking / Trekking
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