I had never really considered Sri Lanka as a safari holiday destination before, but I was...
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Transport - Minibus, bicycle, train, 4WD, boat, on foot.
Accommodation - Hotels (13nts).
Meals - 13 breakfasts, 3 lunches & 2 dinners.
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While I thought the trip was enjoyable and the itinary was well structured to get the best out of the location, I am concerned that the guide/driver we had was not up to the usually high standards I have come to expect from Adventure travel. It would be useful to make clear to clients that train journeys in Srilanka may take 6 hours rather than the 2 and that you'd have to stand the whole way - It was certainly an adventure, but not one that all in our group enjoyed.
The settings for the hotels were stunning and met or exceeded all expectations, with the exception of the hotel in Dickawella which was tired and with a bathroom that fell apart when I used it - Shower fixtures falling on me, broken tiles and a sink that came off the wall.
Not the standard I have experienced before from Adventure Travel. It was clear that our leader's heart wasn't in this trip and it did feel at times as if he was doing the bare minimum to get through the two weeks. There were no briefings, information was like getting blood out of a stone and the perception amongst the group was that he adjusted itinaries to give him more free time rather than to make our experience better. Maybe this is unfair as this trip was designed to give us more free time than my trip to China last year. I always expect the itinary to change and am very open and flexible to this. After all, this is an adventure holiday, but if I'm honest I'm not sure any of us had faith in our leader and this led to a great deal of negativity from some of our group towards him. This created a very uncomfortable atmosphere in such a small group (Only 4 of us)
Mr D - Travelled in August 2012
Where do I start?! It's almost impossible to single out highlights from such an amazing set of intense and contrasting experiences which varied from seeing Blue Whales in the Indian ocean to enjoying local hospitality (ginger tea and coconut cake!). Sri Lanka is a breathtakingly beautiful and varied country, the people friendly, the flora and fauna dazzling and the food delicious!A truly life-enhancing trip. The group size (8), smaller than expected, worked very well. Most of the hotels were superb. I would like to make special recommendation for our Guide, which I have done in a separate email to Sean Hughes.
If I am pushed to make a criticism it could be that we spent perhaps a little too long in the mini-van, although it's difficult to see how it could have been otherwise given the amount of places we visited and variety of things we saw. I would have appreciated a little longer to linger in some of the lovely hotels.
Our tour guide was superb and I have sent an appreciation of his hard work to Sean Hughes at The Adventure Company under separate cover.
A late substitution was made for one of our hotels and we ended up staying in a small guest house (Clouds, in Bandarawela), which, although in a breathtaking location, was not up to the standard of the other hotels. The staff didn' really seem to know what to do with us and had it not been for our guide we would have struggled with arrangements for dinner and breakfast. Moreover, our guide did not have adequate instructions to find the place (we all helped!) which made us think that perhaps it had not been visited or inspected by The Adventure Co's partner in Sri Lanka.
Mrs C - Travelled in February 2012
For me,being an animal person, seeing all the animals etc I hoped to see, was just thrilling.I actually burst into tears when I saw a baby elephant at the Orphanage,who had been rescued 10 days before - very sick but he would now survive !
The train journey was another highlight - mixing in with the locals, chatting and all of us sharing our food !
A great honour and experience was being invited to the home of our fantastic guide, Prabarth Gajendra, to have a meal and meet his mother, wife and daughter - and all the neighbours came in to have a look too !
[Least enjoyed] There was an overbooking problem and we ended up in a bungalow called Clouds - obviously no hotel type facilities and we had to clean our bathroom before we could use it! the food was very poor too.
I had asked for twin bedded rooms throughout but they didn't happen except where our fantastic guide called in favours and organized them for us !!!
Generally there was a superb mix of culture, physical activity eg the bike ride, wildlife and getting a real feel for the country through all the information of the guide
I think I have said it all already! T.Prabarth Gajendra is by far the best tour guide I have ever had and he made the holiday absolutely brilliant for us all.We were his first British group and he was nervous about this at first and was worried about his accent !!! However, he became part of the family very quickly and had a marvellous sense of humour.
He added things to the itinery so that we could get more experiences of the actual people and the greatest honour was to be invited to his home for a meal and to meet his family.
[My friend] and I were the "Oldees" of the group and he was excellent in looking after us !
Ms R - Travelled in February 2012