2 independent reviews for Sri Lanka wildlife holiday, the big five

Reviews for Sri Lanka wildlife holiday, the big five

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review 31 Jan 2018

1. What was the most memorable or exciting part of your holiday?

Seeing a sloth bear whilst on safari in Yale.

2. What tips would you give other travellers booking this holiday?

Take plenty mosquito spray! For when camping on safari.

3. Did you feel that your holiday benefited local people, reduced environmental impacts or supported conservation?

I tried, the guides and people running the trips were all local people who were very knowledgeable. Visiting the elephant orphanage helps the elephants return to the jungle. Without tourism their would be fewer jobs - Iíd like to think we didnít have a negative effect on the environment or the people, or animals. Maybe the whales were the most worrying as when they were spotted - other boats rushed to get a closer look.

4. Finally, how would you rate your holiday overall?

The holidays with your guidance was a total success. Saw many things and will take home lots of good memories. Accommodation at imagine villas will certainly leave a lasting impression of luxury and a wanting to return.

review 2 Apr 2018

1. What was the most memorable or exciting part of your holiday?

The whale watching. To see the largest creatures on earth from maybe 20 or 30 metres away is a real privilege and to see them do the deep dive with the tail in the air is a iconic image. Also seeing leopards in the wild was a memorable moment.

2. What tips would you give other travellers booking this holiday?

Make sure you check where your hotels are situated. The hotel chosen for us in Colombo was too faraway from the town centre to make it practical to go into Colombo for a meal on our final evening, which was a great disappointment. Also be prepared for some fairly basic facilities on the game camp sites. The game drives, particularly at Ayala also involved a lot of driving around without seeing anything of interest.

3. Did you feel that your holiday benefited local people, reduced environmental impacts or supported conservation?

I think so, at least partly. The companies who ran the whale watching and the game drives both seemed very conservation oriented. Three of the four hotels we stayed in were local boutique style hotels rather than faceless huge international hotels.

4. Finally, how would you rate your holiday overall?

Very enjoyable. Only serious disappointment was the location of the Colombo hotel.

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