majestic leopard at yala sri lanka

Leopard Safari Sri Lanka

Categorized as vulnerable within its terrains are the Leopards in Sri Lanka. For our Big Game Leopard safari explorers these magnificent carnivores are one of the most interesting species on the island. Leopards in Sri Lanka can be witnessed in almost every national park due to their extremely adaptable natures. The highest number of leopards in Sri Lanka can be spotted at the Yala national park. Statistics even goes to prove that theleopards in Yala are probably the highest in the world. A leopard safari at Yala is the ideal way for anyone to appreciate the Sri Lankan Leopard which is also known as Kotiya by locals. These creatures are more active early morning or late evenings therefore these would be the best times for you to embark on your leopard safari. Make sure that you have an expert tour guide on your leopard safari as these creatures tend to shy away from human interaction. On your Leopard safari in Yala keep an eye out for the prolific birdlife, plants and other animals as well.

Unlike the rest of the animals at the park these top predatory big cats are most often solitary hunters and prefer to catch their pray at night. If you’re lucky you will be able to catch mothers and cubs courting in pairs. This of course depends on theLeopard safari experience that you choose to have. It is estimated that there are around 500-650 Leopards in Sri Lanka. 

While the Yala national park is the best location in the world for a Leopard safari in Sri Lanka the Wilpattu national park is one of the oldest and largest national parks therefore it has more ground to cover for a leopard safari adventure. Although theLeopard population is unknown Wilpattu is one of the top ten parks in the world for a Leopard safari. With a historical background and various ecological features, that make it stand out from other parks, a Leopard safari in Wilpattu will indeed be a special one. The name “Willu” means natural lakes and the Leopards of Wilpattu can sometimes be seen around the 60 or so lakes that this park holds. Due to its size it is a bit of an arduous task to catch these leopards so a lengthy stay and an insightful Leopard safari in Wilpattu is advised. 

When on your Leopard safari in Sri Lanka make sure you observe them from a distance. Avoid the monsoon seasons asLeopards don’t enjoy heavy rains so there is less of a chance of seeing one. 



Leopard Safari Sri Lanka

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5 star rating

"Your guides, drivers and staff are exceptional, and the foundation of your great company. And our driver really did a fabulous job. A delight to be with and a charming influence on the journey. You have the good concept – Nice work and thank you for the great experience.”

Stephen from Canada, 25/11/2016

 5 star rating

The trip you suggested and organized through Eco Team gave us a good overview. We liked specially the Mahoora Explorer in Wilpattu and Udawalawe.

Anita & Ueli Letsch - Switzerland
29th March 2017

 5 star rating

Everyone has been so friendly and helpful. We have had such an excellent trip. The safaris in Yala and Udawalawe were a wonderful experience. We have many memories to take home and we saw so many wildlife. Chauffeur Guide were knowledgeable. The Big Game safari Camps were excellent, best service we have ever had. Attention to details very welcoming and food very good.

Mark Foyn - England
1st August 2017

5 star rating

Rukan was wonderful and we enjoyed his careful driving as well as his company throughout our journey. His English is very good and we had great conversations. It was nice to gain insight into the history and culture of Sri Lanka by speaking with him.
Our safari guide in Yala (Kasun) was the best! We saw 6 leopards and 3 sloth bears over the course of 4 outings. Compliments to him and the driver. I was worried that 4 safaris would not be enough, but that turned out not to be the case with their expert tracking skills.

We really enjoyed most of the lodges, especially Kings Pavilion, Chena Huts and Buckingham Place. Great rooms, service, and restaurants. Both Buckingham and Kings Pavilion surprised Rick with birthday cakes either in our room or at dinner. Buckingham also had a special table set up for us with flowers and decorations and the staff presented a birthday card signed by all of them!

All the food was wonderful both at the buffets and when ordering a la carte from menus. Pack meals during safaris were also very good with plenty of variety.

We both had a great time in your beautiful country. Thank you for all your help in planning this adventure. I would definitely recommend Eco Tours to my friends and family if they ever want to visit Sri Lanka. You really made us feel special.

Elaine Lee, USA

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