Grade

Easy

Accommodation

Lodge

Transportation

Safari Vehicle

Air Ticket

Included

Safari Guide

Barry Macdonald

Group Tour

8

Guaranteed Departure

15th - 28th March 2019

£2,999

Day 1
London - Colombo
We meet at Heathrow Airport and board our flight to Sri Lanka
Day 2
Arrive Colombo
On arrival we will be transferred to our hotel which is a 30 min drive from the airport. Overnight - Jetwing Lagoon
Day 3
Jetwing to Sinharaja
Transfer to Sinharaja and take walk through the Sinharaja Rainforest, Sri Lanka’s last remaining rainforest and home to most of the island’s endemic birdlife. Sinharaja Forest Reserve – one of the least disturbed and biologically unique primary lowland rain forests in Sri Lanka, covering an extent of over 11000 hectares. Of international significance and declared a Man and Biosphere Reserve (MAB) in 1978 when UNESCO included it in its international network of Biosphere reserves. It was subsequently designated a National wilderness area in 1988 and received full status as a UNESCO World Heritage Site in 1989. Situated in the lowland wet zone of the country with an average temperature of 23.6C and an annual rainfall of more than 2500mm the high level of endemism makes it an international rarity. More than 60% of the trees are endemic and it is home to over 50% of Sri Lanka's endemic species of mammals and butterflies, as well as many kinds of insects, reptiles and rare amphibians. Of Sri Lanka's endemic birds, all 22 rainforest species are seen here, including the elusive Red-faced Malkoha, Green-billed Coucal and Sri Lanka Blue Magpie. We take a walk late in the evening, to observe and explore pristine nature in the night. Overnight – Sinharaja
Day 4
Sinharaja
Take a full day walk in the Sinharaja rain forest. Experience wild life especially bird life that is abundant in the forest. Observations can be made on at least 100 such flocks including over 40 species of birds, of which 12 are endemic to Sri Lanka. Bird flocks show a distribution pattern that corresponds closely with the stratified vegetation structure, and are usually accompanied by animals such as the giant squirrel, the jungle squirrel and purple faced leaf Monkey. Overnight – Sinharaja
Day 5
Sinharaja - Udawalawe
Transfer to Udawalawe, the location famous for its elephants and other wild life. Make a visit to the Elephant transit home. The Elephant Transit Home is an admirable initiative which is sponsored by the Born Free Trust. Baby elephants that are injured or orphaned in the wild are brought to the Transit Home where they are cared for a rehabilitated in a natural setting. Once the elephants are old enough and strong enough they are radio collared and released in to the National Park in small groups. The first group to be released in to the park successfully reproduced in the wild in 2008! Enjoy an afternoon game drive at the Udawalawe National Park. Udawalewe National Park - an area of 31,800 hectares, which was declared a protected sanctuary with full National Park status in 1972. Surrounded by mountain ranges, the terrain of the park is a mixture of grassland, shrub jungle, wild teak plantations and two important factors which make this park special - the large Udawalewe Reservoir and the Walewe River, which ensure a supply of water for the fauna within. Internationally renowned for its large herd of elephants, the park is also known for several species of Deer, Wild Boar, the dangerous Wild Buffalo, Jackal and rare sightings of Leopard. Arrive at the hotel and spend the rest of the day at leisure. Overnight – Udawalawe
Day 6
Udawalawe - Yala
We take a morning safari at the Udawalawe national park. Then transfer to Yala to experience a safaris at the spectacular Yala National Park, renowned for its dazzling array of birds and wild animals, and its conservation of elephants and aquatic birds. Residents include: leopard, elephant, spotted deer, sambar, wild buffalo, sloth bear, jackal, mongoose, pangolin and crocodile. Birds, to name a few: lesser flamingos, paradise flycatchers, crested hawk eagles, black bitterns. Yala – Sri Lanka’s most known National Park is popular for Elephant, Leopard, Bear, Crocodile and Wild Boar. 97,800 hectares in extent, this is the second largest of Sri Lanka’s National Parks. Its open undulating terrain made it famous for elephants for many years, but recently the park has also received much fame through publicity by National Geographic and the Discovery TV channels, which focused on a leopard research/conservation and identification project. Claims have subsequently been made that Yala National Park has the world’s highest concentration of leopard per square kilometre. Vegetation is primarily grassland and shrub jungle with patches of dense growth while several salt and fresh water lagoons are a haven for a large variety of resident and migrant birds. Areas popular with leopard are rock strewn hillocks with dense shrub in which the animals hide. Enjoy an afternoon safari to the Yala National Park. Overnight – Cinnamon Wild
Day 7
Yala
Morning and evening safaris at the Yala National Park. Overnight – Cinnamon Wild
Day 8
Yala - Mirissa
In the morning make your way to Bundala for a morning safari at the well renowned bird sanctuary of Bundala, a home and resting place to many feathered species in the region. Bundala National Park is an internationally important wintering ground for migratory water birds in Sri Lanka. Bundala harbors 197 species of Birds, the highlight being the Greater Flamingo, which migrate in large flocks. Bundala was designated a wildlife sanctuary in 1969 and redesignated to a national park on 4 January 1993. In 1991 Bundala became the first wetland to be declared as a Ramsar site in Sri Lanka. In 2005 the national park was designated as a biosphere reserve by UNESCO, the fourth biosphere reserve in Sri Lanka. The national park is situated 245 kilometres (152 mi) southeast of Colombo. Thereafter transfer to Mirissa, the town located by the beach famous for its whale and dolphin filled waters. Arrive at your hotel and the spend the rest of the day at leisure exploring the surroundings. Overnight – Amaloh By Jetwing
Day 9
Mirissa
Early this morning, travel to Mirissa to enjoy an unforgettable morning spotting blue whales by boat. During the months of December to April is home to a large population of blue whales giving very reliable sightings of the largest animal to have ever lived. Sperm whales are also seen pretty frequently as well as huge pods of spinner dolphins. There is a voluntary code of conduct amongst our responsible operators to keep at least 100m from each whale. Leave between 0530 hrs and 0600hrs for the Mirissa harbour for a whale watching excursion in search of Blue’s and other cetaceans. Between the months of November and April you'll have an early start to take a whale watching excursion off the coast of Mirissa to track the incredible Blue Whale - the largest animal that has ever lived and now known to be found seasonally in Sri Lanka's rich marine habitat. Return to the hotel and spend the evening at leisure. Overnight – Amaloh By Jetwing
Day 10
Marissa
Today we will join another whale cruise. Afternoon free to relax and enjoy the surrounding area. Leave after an early dinner at approximately 2000 hrs for the Rakawa Turtle sanctuary which is located 20 minutes away. Between the months of January to May turtle nesting is at its peak and sighting is quite frequent, although nesting does occur during the rest of the year though not as frequent. Rakewa is a 02 km stretch of protected coastline which is a nesting haven for 05 species or marine turtles. You will be taken around an information center which is located in a hut on the beach. The tour and briefing is conducted in torchlight as the hut has no power line! Later, sit of the beach and wait for word of nesting turtles. It is possible to approach the nesting turtles only once they have dug their pit and begun the process of laying between 100 – 200 eggs! Sit by the turtle and share an unforgettable experience…! Overnight – Amaloh By Jetwing
Day 11
Marissa
Free day Overnight – Amaloh By Jetwing
Day 12
Marissa - Jetwing Lagoon
We transfer to Jetwing Lagoon, At leisure or an optional birding tour through the Mangrove The Muthurajawela Marshes are situated just south of Negombo and covers an area of approximately 6,000 hectares inclusive of the Negombo lagoon. The daily high tide brings in seawater from the ocean into the wetland. Continuous mixing of these two waters over thousands of years, has led to a brackish, integrated coastal ecosystem that is biologically diverse and teeming with life. A variety of mangroves and other types of flora including medicinal plants are found alongside numerous types of birds, butterflies and fish, some of which are endemic. Crocodiles, monitor lizards, and Sri Lanka’s largest snake, the Python, are also native
Day 13
Colombo - London
Today we transfer to the airport to catch our flight back to London
Day 14
Arrive London

Checklist

  • Toothbrush, toothpaste, floss, mouthwash.
  • Hair brush or comb, hair ties, barrettes/bobby pins.
  • Deodorant.
  • Shampoo and conditioner
  • Sunscreen and face lotion with SPF.
  • Night time Moisturizer/Lotion.
  • If under any medication, enough stock
Cost Per Person
GBP £2,999

  • Tour Leader - Barry Macdonald
  • International Flights
  • Airport Transfers
  • En - Suite Accommodation
  • All Meals
  • All Transport
  • Park Entrance Fees
  • Visas
  • Guides Tips & Gratuities
  • Items of a Personal Nature
  • Travel Insurance
  • Drinks

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