The coolest tent in Yala

Some like it hot – but if you’re not one of them, bed down in Water Buffalo at Noel Rodrigo’s Leopard Safaris camp in Yala. Here, you can sleep in air-conditioned splendour in the middle of the jungle, with striking recycled wood furniture, a four-poster bed, a dinky dressing area, a timber-deck sitting area and an al fresco bathroom with a hot-water shower and a flushable toilet all at your disposal. Water Buffalo is also tricked out with solar-powered lights, fans, rails for hanging up your safari togs, rattan chairs, glass water bottles, mirrors, an on-loan phone and battery-charging kit. The luxury tent is just one of many reasons to pay a visit to Noel Rodrigo’s Leopard Safaris, which also woos with expert guides, fun activities (on top of two daily safari drives in customised Toyota Land Cruisers) and delicious food, with all meals, snacks and drinks included in the rates. For more information, contact The Sri Lanka Collection: a selection of the island’s most stylish sleeping-quarters.

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