Wilpattu leopard safaris - camping with a difference
6 days from £1590*
A relatively easy drive north from the airport leads to Kalpitiya, a peninsula encompassing a large lagoon, various small islands and fishing communities. With smaller laid-back more rustic resorts, offering the bonus of dolphin watching even from the shoreline, and growing in popularity with kite-surfers. According to sea conditions, hundreds of dolphins may be seen in the same trip; species include Spinner, Rissos, Bottlenose and Indo-Pacific Humpback (‘pink’) dolphin, occasional sightings of Sperm Whale between December and April.
Although we highly recommend various campsite options at Wilpattu (varying in cost and luxuries), this is 'camping' with a difference. The 'Kulu Safaris' team provide all of the support of the safari camps (skilled naturalist, adapted 4WD jeep, al fresco dining....) but instead of being under canvas this is a private bungalow located on the edge of Wilpattu National Park (2kms away from the main entrance). The two storey lodge is built on concrete stilts looking out over the forest, with a ground floor dining area and two sit out areas along with a double bedroom with en suite toilet and shower. The upper floor (loft) has an open sleeping area that accommodates four double beds and a sit out area, also further toilets and shower facilities. The lodge is located right behind a secluded reservoir/ water body which is regularly visited by elephants.
This is a Private Tour
meet and greet in Colombo/ Negombo and transfer to ‘Bar Reef Resort’ at Kalpitiya
choose a dolphin/ whale spotting excursion, or a birding trip to Anavilundawa Bird Sanctuary, or just relax and watch the kite surfers!
morning transfer to your ‘Kulu Safaris’ bungalow alongside Wilpattu National park. Lunch before a private afternoon safari
Days 4 & 5
two days of private morning and afternoon jeep safaris, advise making a full day of it (taking a picnic lunch) on one of these days
a final early morning private jeep safari before your transfer back to Colombo
Breakfast and dinner included in Kalpitiya/ all meals and most drinks included at Wilpattu (limited wine/ spirits)
Cost: from £1590 per person based on two sharing or from £1460 per person based on four travelling (excludes international flights)
Accommodation: a private tour throughout, with cost saving/ upgrade options on request.
AC car and driver for round trip transfers from Colombo. Private safari jeep with well-trained guide.
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* Based on 2 persons and not including flights