Sri Lanka’s leopards have no natural predators, which is why they have evolved to become so much larger than their African cousins. Around 1,000 inhabit the island’s national parks, and although not 100% guaranteed, the odds of sightings are higher than almost anywhere else in Asia.
Solitary, nocturnal hunters, the leopards tend to seek shade in the midday heat: for this reason early morning and late afternoon are the best times to see them.
Guides in the parks know their most frequented lairs and patterns of movement. Rest assured yours will speak fluent English and have access to the latest information regarding their whereabouts, providing engaging and informative commentary on the species and its natural history. You’ll also travel in modern, quiet vehicles that ensure you’ll be able to get as close to them as possible.
Sightings are most frequent at Yala National Park but your TransIndus consultant will know the most up-to-date information on alternative reserves, which he or she will use to design your itinerary.