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  • Reviewed April 2018
    Kim Lester

    Wildlife Sri Lanka

    Thoroughly enjoyed our trip to Sri Lanka, the hotels are all unique, really enjoyed the container accommodation in the rainforest. The people all seemed very friendly. The Whale watching was a little disappointing as we only saw the one Blue Whale and it felt a little as if we were chasing after it when it breached, on the plus side we had the boat to ourselves. The driving is pretty interesting but we had total confidence in our coach driver. The food was very good, but you probably need to like curries! The game parks are good, initially i thought they were going to be really busy with all the jeeps queuing to get their permits, but it was surprising where they all disappeared to within the parks. Downside was when we found a leopard all the drivers communicate this to each other and everybody descends on the spot.

    What was the most inspirational moment of your trip?

    hard to say which was most inspirational, all very good.

    What did you think of your group leader?

    Nakala was lovely, very passionate about sharing his country and culture with us.

    Do you have any advice for potential travellers?

    A fantastic trip, although leisurely, 2 days at each hotel, there was enough to keep you entertained from morning til evening.
  • Reviewed March 2018
    Vicky Campbell

    Well organised trip

    We booked this trip to make viewing wildlife easy for ourselves. We joined after 16 days of doing our own thing and looked forward to the group tour. The arrangements went according to plan except for the starting hotel which had been changed without our knowledge. On arrival at the correct place, we found it to be a pseudo-Egyptian monstrosity. The rest of the accommodation was much more as expected. The whale watching was tedious and involved 7 hours on a boat with a distant view of the tail of a whale. The boat race which ensued when it appeared that there was a chance to get closer to a whale was not productive and did not feel very considerate. There was a distinct lack of birds in Sinharaja and the attempt to see leopards in Yala was beyond belief with tens of trucks vying for position to see the tail of a leopard which was hidden in a tree. Not all of the hotels had much Sri Lankan food and there was limited vegetarian food at times. The packed lunches were poor.

    What was the most inspirational moment of your trip?

    Making friends with two other couples Udawalawe Park was the most interesting, various birds, elephants and a few other mammals including a jackal. In both Udawalawe and Yala, we had good safari drivers.

    What did you think of your group leader?

    He was a very considerate person who took time to get to know each of us and to establish what our interests were. His explanations about various aspects of life and history in Sri Lanka were most welcome.

    Do you have any advice for potential travellers?

    Don't go with any hopes or expectations as to what wildlife you might see. Do take leech socks for Sinharaja, although these were made available.

    Is there anything else you would like to add?

    We booked this trip as "Wild Sri Lanka" with no particular expectations but even with this outlook, we were disappointed. Sinharaja was, to us, a waste of time in terms of wildlife and one of the guides who is based there admitted it was not a good time for birds. Staying in containers was the saving grace here, a real novelty. Now that the trip seems to be called "Whales and Leopards" ( as in our final joining instructions) this would suggest that these creatures are more likely to be seen. This seems grossly misleading.
  • Reviewed February 2018
    Emma Dart

    Great way to see the nature of south Sri Lanka

    This was a fantastic trip which gave great opportunities to see the diverse wildlife and landscapes of Sri Lanka. It was hot / humid when we went so the air con on the bus and the majority of the hotels was welcome. It was nice to have a couple of nights in most hotels. The stay in the rainforest lodge was incredible, and the rooms in the Talalla hotel were unusual and enjoyable. The bus journeys between accommodations were not too long, and the scenery was very enjoyable. There is so much birdlife and wildlife to see here.

    What was the most inspirational moment of your trip?

    Seeing a blue whale. We also loved seeing the fireflies in the rainforest and at Tallala. There is not much light pollution there so the stars were incredible.

    What did you think of your group leader?

    Dilshan was fantastic. He was so engaging, knowledgeable and well organised. The naturalist on the trip, Devaka, was enthusiastic and highly skilled.

    Do you have any advice for potential travellers?

    Many of the plug sockets accommodate do UK plugs. Where they did not, we were glad to have purchased an adaptor as our multi adaptor did not cater for Sri Lanka plug sockets. We did not see many mosquitoes, but were careful with using deet and covering up. The sun is very strong as well. The rainforest lodge provided leech socks, which seemed to work very well. There were only a couple of times where we encountered small leeches and the guide removed them easily.

    Is there anything else you would like to add?

    The food is fantastic, a lot of choice in the buffets.
  • Reviewed February 2018
    Claire Howard

    Lovely country, lovely group but disappointing wildlife experience

    Sri Lanka as a country is gorgeous and the people are delightful. My disappointment with the trip relates to how the tour was delivered by the local company and the fact that this should be advertised as a bird watching trip with the odd mammal sighting possible. We did see elephants and the blue whale but 90% of wildlife sightings are birds.

    What was the most inspirational moment of your trip?

    Seeing an adult male elephant with a prostetic limb play in the watering hole at the Udawalawe Transit Home followed closely by spending a couple of hours watching a blue whale.

    What did you think of your group leader?

    He was a delightful young man who was extremely enthusiastic and good fun to be around but he failed to adequately deal with concerns/ complaints raised by the group. The game drives were poorly organised. There was 16 in our group. We were put in 3 trucks which they named AB &C and we were we told we had to stay in the same groups so that we all had access to the nature guide. This didnt happen. As a member of jeep C, for all 4 game drives were we the third jeep in the line with limited sightings and always late to the wildlife party. Concerns were raised but not acted upon by the tour guide even when these become complaints. My wildlife game drive experience was eating my fellow travellers dust, hearing out what they were looking at and often seeing things behind shrubs or flying away when disturbed. I’ve never beed on a trip where the game drives were organised this way. If you were in jeeps A or B which alternated being at the front you had a much better experience than the 6 of us in jeep C

    Do you have any advice for potential travellers?

    This is a bird watching trip. That was the emphasis of our naturalist guide and birds were in ambundance. Mammal sightings were limited. I didnt appreciate this and so was disappointed by the safari experience for this reason as well as how the jeeps were managed. I enjoyed staying in the rain forest and the ecolodge. The converted shipping containers were really cute and one of my hilights. They were hot during the day and cold at night but blankets are provided. We didnt walk along trails but walked up and down the tarmac road to the ecolodge. This limited the opportunity for wildlife sightings or should i more accurately say bird sightings as we were passed quite frequently by motorbikes. You need leech socks. These are provided so no need to bring your own. You need long trousers for this part of the trip.

    Is there anything else you would like to add?

    This is my eighth trip and i have to say my worst so far by a long way. The group as always were lovely. Some of the accommodation wasnt great. An hour from the reserve on occassion which means if the drivers have set hours you use up precise game drive time getting to and from the national park. If there are 16 in your group make sure you have a spare seat in yhe jeep for a guide otherwise you are at the back of the line. This is a bird watching trip with a whale watching tour thrown in and visit to elephant sanctury.
  • Reviewed May 2017
    Jo Carr

    Wild Sri Lanka

    This was a wonderful trip that certainly lived up to its promise of plenty of wildlife encounters. Sri Lanka is stunningly beautiful and has a lovely relaxed vibe.

    What was the most inspirational moment of your trip?

    There were many - a blue whale popping up in front of our boat, the stunning scenery, the friendly people, the narrow streets of Galle and the pristine beaches

    What did you think of your group leader?

    We had a leader, Kingsley and a naturalist, Sunil. Both made sure we were well informed without being intrusive and were great company throughout the trip.

    Do you have any advice for potential travellers?

    If you are British take Stirling to change at the airport (loads of change bureaus as you leave). Don't change heaps because it's really easy to use atms as you go along and every hotel took credit cards for settling bills. Don't bother packing beach towels - every hotel had pool /beach towels for you to use. Pack light - you will be living in shorts and t-shirts as it is so hot and humid. An umbrella is useful for a sudden downpour or as a parasol. In Talalla have lunch on the beach at the seafood hut - it looks basic but the food was fabulous.

    Is there anything else you would like to add?

    Go for it - especially if you love wildlife and particularly monkeys, birds and elephants!
  • Reviewed April 2017
    Rebecca Perman

    Wonderful

    A wonderful holiday. Well paced with the right mixtures of activities. All the accommodation was well chosen. The two guides, one especially for the wildlife were exceptional. Very informative, funny and welcoming.

    What was the most inspirational moment of your trip?

    The Sinharaja rainforest is breathtaking. The eco lodge was perfect. Sleeping in converted shipping containers in the middle of a rainforest was truly magical.

    What did you think of your group leader?

    Exceptional. He was organised, caring and highly professional. He was very informative and entertaining. Our second guide, for the wildlife was incredibly knowledgeable.

    Do you have any advice for potential travellers?

    Take binoculars, they say it's optional, but it should be a MUST.

    Is there anything else you would like to add?

    A wonderful experience in a magical country all made even more fun by the leaders.
  • Reviewed March 2017
    Julia Humpherys

    Back to the wild side

    I travel somewhere new every year, but this trip is one I'd love to repeat. I'd like to get back to the wild side of Sri Lanka!

    What was the most inspirational moment of your trip?

    Seeing the majesty of the incredible animals in Sri Lanka was definitely inspiring.

    What did you think of your group leader?

    Our guide and our naturalist were very knowledgeable, helpful and just plain fun to be with.

    Do you have any advice for potential travellers?

    Take good walking shoes with tread, a sturdy trekking stick for the short, steep walk, and don't forget your leech socks!

    Is there anything else you would like to add?

    I've gone somewhere new and exciting every year for 10 years and this was by far the best experience I've had! I can't wait to book my next adventure with Exodus!
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