Sri Lanka wildlife vacation, the big five

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Environment
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We 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 operatorand 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.

Waste Management
• 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.

Energy
• 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.
Community

The Impacts of this Trip

Community Responsibility

• We 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, children’s 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.

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Reviewed on 31 Jan 2018 by

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


Seeing a sloth bear whilst on safari in Yale.

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


Take plenty mosquito spray! For when camping on safari.

3. Did you feel that your vacation 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 - I’d like to think we didn’t 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 vacation overall?


The vacations 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.

Reviewed on 02 Apr 2018 by

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


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 travelers booking this vacation?


Make sure you check where your hotels are situated. The hotel chosen for us in Colombo was too faraway from the town center 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 vacation 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 vacation overall?


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

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