Yala wildlife tour in Sri Lanka

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Responsible tourism

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The safari tours inside the national park is conducted with respect for all regulations and we do also constantly consider potential improvements of our own behavior and safari drives in the national park.

Two ways introduced by the safari operator to minimize disturbance of animals by our vehicles is to minimizing the use of mobile phone information about presence of animals. It means we try to avoid the ‘jeep jams’ frequently happening around wild animals in the park. Basically we intend to track ‘our own animals’. This is an ideal and it cannot always happen in this way, yet it is our guideline.

Also we use a ‘fair trade’ salary payment policy for any type of safaris so that we hope to de-motivate ‘tips-conscious’ behavior by our staff. When involving new drivers we educate them, making them aware of our ideals and guidelines and how our clients hope to see the safari to unfold. It means by any means avoiding chasing and disturbing wildlife and avoid the jams.

In addition to the guidelines for our own behavior inside the park we have founded an organization that supports and develops ecotourism based initiatives to conserve buffer zone wilderness areas so these can be preserved as wildlife habitats. The safari camping operation is a commercial initiative of this wildlife tourism operator which is based in a jungle area north of the Yala National Park and it is planned to step by step generate funds from more commercial safari areas so these safari camps would be contributing to conserve wild areas outside the proper national park boundaries.

The Impacts of this Trip

This is a wildlife watching and safari camp tour that is operated by an ecotourism operator with excellent credentials and has been honored with the Wild Asia Responsible Tourism Award.

A high degree of community participation is ensured by the management concept of the safari camp operator, an ecolodge located in forest outside Yala.

This lodge is not only located in a jungle but offers a very authentic local experience due to the community based ways of running this wilderness lodge. The camp is also managed by the lodge staff team.

The community impact is positive by generating nature tourism based jobs for people from a remote area where there is otherwise no access into tourism. This is good for the local community as well as for travelers looking for real experiences with an authentic feel. The staff is offered training on the job. The operator is looking for informal talents more than exam papers with the intention to integrate an alternative type of people into nature tourism by using their natural skills and background from living in wild areas. This is considered a very useful qualification by this ecotourism operator and the necessary training is provided.


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