Sri Lanka wildlife vacation

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Responsible tourism: Sri Lanka wildlife vacation

Environment

Wildlife - This trip includes national wildlife parks including Uda Walawe, notable for its herds of wild elephants as well as Elephant Transit Home, an initiative by the Sri Lanka wildlife department to introduced orphaned baby elephants into a wild herd.

The trip includes a different way of spotting animals in Wilpattu national park, by boating through the lagoon rather than driving around in a jeep.

Forests - This trip supports a reforestation project, the Popham arboretum in Dambulla. Not only can you find native species growing in the wild, it provides a model for reforestation in other countries.

Accommodation - We use accommodation from refurbished existing buildings where possible. Whilst this particular itinerary also uses luxury accommodation which has been built recently, they have both been built to high environmental standards. One is located in a dry area and it has invested in a state of the art filtration system of sea water and reuse.

Energy - as well as the water, the same hotel uses solar heating, in fact providing the hottest showers we've ever had in Sri Lanka!

Community

We work with and support a wide range of local people. When we say local, we mean local, not just companies or people from the big city.

We know the people we work with personally. We are always on the look out for local initiatives that will improve the experiences of our customers, and support people, particularly those who do not work in the tourism industry.

The hotel in the final part of this itinerary is in an area which has not benefitted from tourism and is pioneering it, providing employment opportunities for people in this area. This has an extra benefit as it is an area where women would go to the Middle East to work as domestic servants. By giving them opportunities and paying them well, they can have good jobs and training, but best of all go home to their families every night.

Whilst we have a 'trade over aid' approach, we do donate as well. This is often something personal e.g. buying English-language books for very local guides. However, as a company we support 'Project Colombo' an initiative to provide children living in rural areas with computer equipment and know how, as well as registered charities.

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


Safari at Uda Walawe National Park.

2. What tips would you give other travelers booking this vacation?


Take insect repellent lots of it!

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


Yes

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


Excellent.

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