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    Mahoora Tented Safari Camps - Sri Lanka

So, you want to get to know me?

A Green Pit Viper is in a chatty mood 

“You seem nice, step closer, I won’t hurt you. My venomous bite is usually meant for prey and for those who startle me. That happens a lot to my cousins who live in the tea estates. The tea pluckers turn up at dawn to do their morning work and startle my cousins who’ve just gone to sleep in the bushes. We’re nocturnal by the way, so you can imagine how annoying it is to be woken up with the sun being all bright and hot. I suppose the tea pluckers can’t help it, our camouflage is too good, sso they don’t see us. Look at me, I’m a green snake with black patterns, it's almost impossible to see me. Don’t worry about the tea pluckers, our venom hurts, but it's not fatal… usually.”


Fun Facts

“Trees are the best. Uss Green Pit Vipers just love them. They’re safe zones and they shade us from the sun. That’s why you will find us in all the wet, intermediate and dry zone forests. We only come down from the trees when we’re hungry and we want to grab some food. Lizards, frogs, small mammals, birds… they're all easy prey. We just slide down slowly and grab them, quick as a flash! With our stealth and camouflage, they never see us coming. It’s almost unfair, but I’m not complaining!”


Story of the Photo

The Sinharaja Rain Forest is famed for its birdlife, but it has a fantastic population of reptiles too. Whilst staying at Explorer by Eco Team in Sinharaja, Dilum was out on a walk when he got this great shot of the viper in the trees.




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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