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Responsible tourism: Sri Lanka adventure campsite

Environment

As a property which is largely dependent on the natural supply of water into the Kelani River, we are incredibly conscious of the precious nature of this commodity. Our water supply for the kitchen is supplied from our natural well, which does not require purification for consumption. This water is not used for any other purpose and water for all other uses is pumped from the river, which ensures clean water reserves are not wasted.

We minimize the use of plastic bottles at camp, and additional drinking water bottles are always recycled. All glass bottles are recycled.

As there is no refuse collection in the Kithulgala area so separate all our waste into organic and non-organic material. The former is buried on our land, whilst the latter we pay a local person to collect and dispose responsibly of the waste.

Our accommodation is built on wooden platforms, all wood is locally sourced and responsibly farmed. No trees were cut down when we developed our property, and we use local, recycled wood and materials for making many of our chairs, tables, beds, lamp shades and general decoration around camp. In this way we have managed to maintain a very natural and authentic feel to the property. The natural setting attracts birds and guests who are very lucky may even spot the indigenous giant squirrels.

The majority of the food we use at camp is purchased locally, helping local business people as well as reducing the carbon footprint of our property.

Community

We have permanent staff located at our base in Kithulgala, all are Sri Lankan and mostly are from Kithulgala village itself. Our office in Colombo is also predominantly Sri Lankan, with permanent staff handling the day to day administration of Borderlands.

All our furniture and fittings are made by local craftsmen from Kithulgala, and all our maintenance of the site is done by local, casual labour. Our staff members receive a fair salary and company medical insurance. For transportation we use local tuk tuks for short distance journeys to local attractions, therefore giving employment to community member not directly associated with Borderlands.

We have an active policy of continuous on the job training for all our guides they receive crucial river safety and rescue techniques. We bring in internationally trained and certified river guides and kayakers who train our guides in paddling skills. In addition all guides are First Aid and CPR Certified as part of their training and will attend regular refresher courses when necessary.

As we are based in a very rural community we ensure that all guests are instructed to dress appropriately on the river and to be always respect local customs and ways of life, however interaction with local villagers is encouraged as a way for guests to understand the rural Sri Lankan way of life.

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