Tuesday, September 30
had some time to enjoy the surroundings and get ready for lunch.
Lunch took place outside in a specially arranged place. Starters, salads, main course and dessert were all equally delicious. It was a great opportunity to try Sri Lankan cuisine at its best. Also service met the highest standards and the staff foresaw every of our needs before we even spoke a word.
After lunch there was a perfect time for safari. We grabbed our cameras, hopped into a jeep and looked
forward to an unforgettable adventure. We got into National Park and at first saw a deer, many colorful birds, some monkeys and squirrels.
Then we arrived at a big reservoir and saw a couple of elephants drinking and having a bath. We stopped the jeep for a while to take pictures and watch them when suddenly a huge elephant walked out of the bush.
We continued our adventure and met a few jeeps going in the opposite direction. The drivers exchanged a few words and it turned out it was possible to see a leopard somewhere on a tree. We rushed to the place and there it was, on a tree in a distance. We spent a long time taking pictures when finally the leopard decided to go down. It walked slowly towards deer and suddenly changed its way and started coming closer and closer to the jeeps. When it came five meters to the jeep no one could say a word, I could
almost hear my heart beating.
After a few moments, the leopard was gone in the bush. We went to an arbour to have a picnic, Mahoora Camping provided a big basket with tea, coffee, biscuits, juices, fruits and cold beverages. We watched many birds, a fox and a turtle, then headed back to the camping. We were welcome with cold wet towels
and ice tea.
In the evening there was a campfire planned. Again it took place in a different location. We were offered an aperitif and sat to the table to a delicious meal. We could also taste Sri Lankan sweets and in the end of delighting in our wine, we had a chance to meet the chef who cooked for us. Sitting in the candle lantern’s light and looking at the moon was so relaxing. We took a hot shower and went to sleep.
We woke up to the sunrise and heard birds singing their best concert. Apparently our safari was not over as the Naturalist told us there was a Loris right in front of our tent. I have never seen a most beautiful creature in my life, it was on a tree, looking at us with its big eyes, curled into a ball. We went on a walk with the Naturalist and saw many colorful birds, squirrels, elephant’s track, a small village and a lake. Searching for the birds was very exciting as we needed to be very quiet not to scare them away.
After the walk we went back to our tents to leave our cameras before breakfast and saw an unusual view. Loris started walking slowly on a branch of the tree. We were told it is very rare to see it and we were very lucky. We ate delicious breakfast and our time had come. It was very sad to say good bye to the Manager, the Naturalist and all the staff. They made us feel like we were in paradise and took care of us very well. I will always remember my stay in Mahoora Wilpattu Luxury Camping Site and we will definitely be back. See you soon!
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