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Just keep spinning, just keep spinning

A mesmerising encounter with a Golden Orb Spider

If you’ve heSee my golden web?

Never let it out of your sight

Watch how it shimmers and glows, in the light


Follow my silver haired, yellow belly

And my hypnotic black and yellow legs

As I dance along, the glistening threads,

Come rest your weary wings 

Moths, flies and beetles so red

Dream a golden dream and sleep like the dead.

Fun Facts

The Golden Orb Spider, also known as the Banana Spider, is so good at mesmerising and trapping prey that sometimes it catches too many in its web! But fear not, no prey is wasted. Tiny spiders called Quicksilver Spiders live on the same web and eat what the Banana Spider ignores. Whether you call them pirates, parasites or garbage removers, it’s a great example of how nothing is wasted in the Animal Kingdom.

Story of the Photo

Dilum was able to get up close to this gorgeous specimen in the Sinharaja Forest Reserve during a trek in late 2019. Although it loves rainforests, it can also be found in the cool and shady surroundings of Mahoora Tented Safari Camps in Sri Lanka...the spider that is…. and also Dilum.



Much more than just a great place to stay

"Thanks to our guide Avinka we had five great safaris staying four nights just after reopening this February. The staff made us feel so very welcome during the entire stay.

The safaries are just wonderful, and having a great guide in your vehicle makes a big difference. Avinka can spot animals you would never see and we were even lucky enough to sight leopards on the trees, close to our vehicle, and also running through the field. The wildlife is so exciting that you will have a great experience even if you don‘t see any leopards. We also had a great driver, which is essential if you drive through difficult territory. You are being taken care of the entire time, so even for those who do safaris for the first time, you will always feel safe.

The camp itself is very comfortable, you get everything you can think of, and on top of the great food being served with so much attention and friendliness. You also get wonderful vegetarian and vegan options. They put on bonfires at night, which makes it unforgettable.
When booking and making plans, you get great support from the headquarters, even if it gets difficult since you have to change your plans.
The best thing what can happen to you at the end of a vacation is when you are a bit sad to leave the place, having experienced something to remember forever, and the team does everything for this to happen. Thank you so much"

Axel S wrote, Traveled with family
January 2021

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