Sri Lanka wildlife watching tour
Description of Sri Lanka wildlife watching tour
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As the pioneers of responsible tourism, we've screened this (and every) holiday so that you can travel knowing it will help support the places and people that you visit, and the planet. Read how below.
PlanetWe 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 unspoiled 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 programs 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 programs 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 campsites.
We recycle used coconut shells for BBQs 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 while solar energy and Biogas projects are to be launched in the near future.
PeopleWe 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 programs, 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, childrens 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.