Sri Lanka wildlife holiday, tailor made
All breakfasts, 4 lunches, 6 dinners, dedicated chauffeur and scheduled safaris/walks with naturalists included.
Description of Sri Lanka wildlife holiday, tailor made
This tailor made ten day tour of Sri Lanka provides some wonderful wildlife watching potential for any travellers wishing to look further than all day, every day, at the beach.
Undertaking a series of organised safari tours and nature walks in the company of dedicated wildlife guides and Sri Lankan naturalists is an absolute privilege and will leave you thrilled, enlightened and hungry for more.
Overnight accommodation has been hand-picked for its proximity to Sri Lanka’s most important locations for wildlife with tented safari camps, close to national parks, always an exciting prospect.
Starting the tour in Wilpattu National Park, on Sri Lanka’s northwest coast, allows adventurers to hit the ground running with lesser-known natural habitats providing endless opportunities to experience an authentic and wild side to the island, sorely missed by casual sightseers.
No trip to Sri Lanka is complete without taking in the cultural epicentre of Kandy; however, heading onwards to Udawalawe is also a real highlight, not to be missed, as abundant elephant herds, and a rehab centre for injured ellies, allow travellers to observe elephants in the wild as well as finding out more about on-going conservation projects.
If you thought observing elephants in their natural environment was amazing then just wait until you’ve visited Yala National Park as this is a protected area that boasts one leopard to every square kilometre to ensure animal spotting is never in doubt.
Once you’ve appreciated the land animals of Sri Lanka it’s time to move onto the mesmerising marine world of the Indian Ocean. The seaside town of Mirissa, on Sri Lanka’s sandy south coast, allows access to responsible whale watching tours as well as lots of free time to enjoy the beach before finally heading for home.
7 Reviews of Sri Lanka wildlife holiday, tailor made
Reviewed on 07 Feb 2020 by Ian KeelThe most memorable part of the holiday was photographing and seeing a wild Leopard about 20" away. Read full review
Reviewed on 17 Nov 2019 by Andrew AbbottThe most memorable part of the holiday was Yala National Park and Polwaththa Eco-Lodge. Read full review
Reviewed on 02 Sep 2019 by Catharine FitzgeraldIt was all amazing. I couldn’t choose one thing. The main things were seeing leopard and also hundreds of nesting painted storks on a lake in Yala, the elephants and their young at Minneriya and seeing turtles and sharks when snorkelling. Read full review
Reviewed on 09 Mar 2019 by Beth JamesSeeing the leopards in Yala National Park Read full review
Reviewed on 20 Feb 2019 by Catherine StothartThe trip was well planned and the guide was well organised and very pleasant and helpful. It was great and I would definitely go back to Sri Lanka. Read full review
Reviewed on 28 Nov 2018 by Jacqui PorteousSeeing leopards in the wild was the most memorable part of the holiday Read full review
Reviewed on 29 Sep 2016 by Roxana FeierWe especially loved the second day of our tour, when we climbed the Sigiriya rock fortress in the morning, had a traditional lunch in a village near Habarana and interacted with the villagers in the afternoon, then saw elephants in Minneriya National Park in the evening. Read full review
Eco team’s Environment & Community policy
We at Eco Team aim to re-invent the tourism model in Sri Lanka by staying ahead to ensure that our business has a long term benefit for our communities, the environment and our customers.We believe that the people, our community, are central to any strategy that involves protecting the environment and its communities.
We, more than any other tour operator and accommodation provider in Sri Lanka, depend on the unspoilt and pristine outdoors of this magical island to run our business. Our wilderness and Eco system is our heartbeat therefore protecting our most important resource is not only a responsibility but a necessity for our own existence as a company.
Wildlife and the Environment
• We protect endangered species in line with the red list issued by the ICUN.
• We actively educate our communities and campaign against animal abuse of all forms. We educate and invest in protecting our fauna and flora whilst supporting development projects including environment education, wildlife conservation and reforestation as we work closely with the Sri Lanka Wildlife Foundation.
• We discourage the collection, removal or cutting of any plant or plant parts (seeds, roots or leaves) by our customers, staff and communities.
• We participate in programmes that involve the removal of invasive species such as cactus and lantana whilst setting up our operations with scientists in and around the national parks for reforestation activities.
• We have launched conservation programmes for the protection of endangered species. Our clients are also welcome to actively participate in these endeavors.
• We avoid using products packaged in plastic in keeping with our plastic free philosophy. The biggest challenge that we face is the lack of an alternative to the PET water bottles used. However, all empty bottles are being collected and sent to the Balangoda town Council Recycling Center.
• We convert all organic waste into compost waste.
• All paper, cardboard, aluminum and metal waste is collected separately and recycled through the Balangoda town Council Recycling Center.
• Safari Jeeps that run during the day charge the DC batteries which are used at night as renewable energy through an inverter. Grid power is used only for an emergency.
• Experiments are taking place for the use of Kekuna Thel, a traditional sustainable nut oil extracted from a wild nut, and other renewable oils for night torches in camp sites.
• We recycle used coconut shells for BBQ’s and campfires.Wood for the campfire is collected from the area.No trees are cut for this purpose.
• LPG gas is used for hot water whileSolar energy and Bio gas projects are to be launched in the near future.
• We recruit and train staff from the locality we work in and purchase locally produced goods and services.
• We build products around the local community knowledge in fauna, flora and farming methods.
• We support community tourism initiatives by incorporating community lifestyles seamlessly into our programmes, such as picnic stops in village homes and fishing with local fisher communities etc.
• We work towards capacity building in schools, communities, in entrepreneurship, knowledge farming and value additions.
• We, along with our clients, contribute financially to uplift the standards of the underprivileged schools, children’s homes, homes for the elders, hospitals and places of worship.
Our research projects
Mahoora Tented Safari Camps actively support minimizing human leopard conflict in the border areas of the parks and the active participation of soloist clients.At the end of a safari our clients fill a research document on their own sightings and this data will be used for important planning conservation activities.