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PRICE:  £ 4,489 GBP pp sharing

SRI LANKAN LEOPARDS: 9-DAY SMALL GROUP PHOTO TOUR

GROUP SIZE:

8 max.

LOCATION:

Sri Lanka

DURATION:

9 days / 8 nights

FITNESS LEVEL:

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TOUR HIGHLIGHTS

  • Opportunities to get up close to the wild Sri Lankan Leopard for great photographic results.

  • Along with Leopard sightings, you will have many opportunities to photograph Sloth Bear, Sri Lankan Elephant and much more.

  • Two lengthy game drives each day directed in getting you those iconic and creative Leopard Photographs and much more. 

  • Visit two of the best National Parks in Sri Lanka. Yala National Park and Wilpattu provide some of the best concentrated Leopard sightings in the world. Both parks provide great landscapes and colour that work great with all wildlife photographs.

  • Small group of 8 maximum lead by a very enthusiastic wildlife photographer along with a local naturalist.

TOUR DATES

2023           2024

Mar 6 - 14

Apr 9 - 17

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During this photo tour, we will ensure that you will get up and respectably close to the Sri Lankan Leopard in these fascinating National Parks. These Leopards of Yala and Wilpattu, make incredible opportunities for getting those big cat photographs. These remarkable big cats cooperate very well when using most telephoto lenses allowing you to gain those soft background images of a lifetime.

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SAFARI OVERVIEW

Located in two prime destinations in Sri Lanka, this luxurious 9 day Leopard photography tour will take you on an exciting journey into Yala National Park and Wilpattu National Park. Voted as two of the best locations to spot and photograph Leopard in the world, this mesmerising photographic trip lead by Wildlife Photographer Mark A Fernley is a journey you can't miss out on. Although this photographic trip is directed on Sri Lankan Leopard, you will also have the opportunities to photograph Sloth Bear, Elephants and many other species of wildlife.

 

Regular sightings of the Sri Lankan Leopard

 

MEET YOUR GUIDE 

MARK A FERNLEY

Award winning wildlife photographer Mark Fernley has gained interesting knowledge and photographic experience to share with others after spending time among Sri Lanka’s wildlife. He has worked worldwide with film crews such as the crew from Our Planet and has had his projects featured in National Geographic. For searching and photographing big cats worldwide, Mark will guarantee you a memorable experience along with photographic techniques for you to gain those memorable photographs of Sri Lankan Leopard and much more!

View Mark's portfolio here

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LOCATION

YALA NATIONAL PARK & WILPATTU NATIONAL PARK

This Leopard photo tour is located in two prime destinations in Sri Lanka, Yala National Park and Wilpattu National Park. These two prime wildlife destinations thrive with many species such as the Sloth Bear, Sri Lankan Elephant, and the magnificent Sri Lankan Leopard. Yala is located Southeast of Sri Lanka while Wilpattu National Park is situated in the North West of the island allowing you to photograph and experience everything this country has to offer.

 

RECOMMENDED EQUIPMENT 

100-400mm lens

 

80-600mm Sigma lens

  

800mm lens

 

Monopod 

1 -2 camera bodies

16-35mm wide angle lens

 

Laptop & Back up Storage

Multiple CF Cards/SD Cards 

Yala National Park
 
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TOUR INCLUDES 

Private airport transfers

5-star accommodation

All locally sourced meals

National park entry fees

Transportation

All safari activities

All photographic guidance

TOUR EXCLUDES 

International/domestic flights

Alcoholic beverages

Gratuities for guides / staff

 

Great opportunity to photograph all of Sri Lankan wildlife

 

TOUR ITINERARY

Located in two remarkable places in Sri Lanka, we begin this exciting Sri Lankan Leopard photography tour in the area of Katunayake, North of the Capital Colombo, where we will pick you up from the Bandaranaike International Airport.

 

DAY 1

On the day of arrival at Negombo, you will be taken through the scenic routs of Southern Sri Lanka where this four-hour car journey will finally stop at Yala National Park. We will offer a small nature walk around the property followed by an introductory dinner with our wildlife photographers and local guides.

 

DAYS 2 - 5

Each day will consist of two safari drives (one in the morning and one in the afternoon)

 

The morning drive will consist of searching the incredible landscapes of Yala for the Sri Lankan Leopard. The long drive will be photographically directed towards the graceful Leopard in the early morning light where they will be more active giving you great photographic opportunities. There will be many opportunities to photograph Sloth Bears, and the magnificent Asian Elephant, along with many other species of wildlife.

 

After each morning drive, you will return to the lodge and relax in the comfortable lodge before lunch, where we all have the chance to discuss photographic techniques before the afternoon drive. Lunch is provided with a beautiful design each day to give you the full experience of this special and carefully selected lodge.

 

The afternoon drive will take us back into the Yala National Park where the lighting will be stronger, and the Leopards will be found mainly in trees and rocky locations giving you a variety of photographic backgrounds. Large gatherings of Elephants will be found at marshy locations that are also great subject to be photographed.

 

Each evening you will get the chance to fine dine with company of your fellow photographers to make your Sri Lankan Leopard Safari a memory of a lifetime. Here you can talk wildlife photography, share stories, and experience the very best of our luxury lodge.

 

DAY 6

The tour will take their final Yala National Park Leopard photo safari to get those last photographs of the wildlife that Yala has to offer. After this drive, we will return for breakfast. Shortly after we will make our way through the scenic roads of Sri Lanka in our private vehicle. Here the group will have a fun, scenic drive through the West side of the country avoiding the Elephants that tend to cross the road to Katunayake.

 

Option A

People who are not attending the full tour will be taken to Aria Lagoon hotel located in Negombo or Bandaranaike International Airport where we will say our farewells.

 

Option B

Guests on the full tour will have an en-route lunch and we will venture on up North to Wilpattu National Park where we will arrive at the next lodge. Depending on our time of arrival, an evening safari in Wilpattu will be arranged. A small introductory of the new location will be held just before dinner to get you familiar with the area. This is the perfect opportunity to review and backup your photographs from Yala National Park. The rest of the evening will allow you to enjoy the lodge and relax in luxury.

 

DAYS 7 – 8

Again, both days will consist of two safari drives (one in the morning and one in the afternoon)

 

The morning drive will involve an early start in Wilpattu National Park known as the “The land of the lakes”. This stunning area of forest and wetland provides perfect lighting and background for photographing Leopards in all their glory. There will be many opportunities to photograph Sloth Bears, the magnificent Asian Elephant, and many other species of large mammals.

 

After each morning drive followed by breakfast, you will be able to enjoy the lodge and its scenic location. We will have the time to talk about our images and gain more knowledge for that perfect Leopard Photograph.

 

The afternoon drive, shortly after lunch, you will go back into Wilpattu National Park where we will continue our search for those memorable and unique photographic opportunities of Leopard along with many Elephants, Sloth Bear and much more. This large and vast area known as Sri Lankas largest national park is also a fantastic place for bird photography and landscape photo opportunities are endless.

 

Each evening you will get the chance to fine dine and enjoy the beautifully made dinner provided by our enthusiastic chefs.

  

DAY 9

There will be an early morning Leopard photo Safari followed by breakfast. Shortly after, we will make our way down South to the area of Negombo. Here we will drop you off at the Aria Lagoon before your flight. Options to be dropped off at the airport are also available.

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ACCOMMODATION

During this photographic Leopard Adventure, you will stay at two luxurious camps that will be situated just outside each National Park. Each Camp is surrounded by the regular visitors of local wildlife and is only one minute away from each park where the Leopards will be awaiting our arrival each day.

Both lodges hold large luxury tents that hold a peaceful environment for each guest to relax after each long day. Both lodges provide comfort in the wild where passing wildlife is free to walk through and around the camps. Each tent provides electricity for charging camera batteries so there is never a photograph opportunity to be missed.

 
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Wilpattu Safari Camp