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    Mahoora Tented Safari Camps - Sri Lanka

Thank you, I am honoured by this award!

A hump-nosed lizard is giving a speech

“On behalf of all of Kandukara Bodilimas, as we are known in Sri Lanka, I am proud to accept the World of Nature’s Best Actor award! My species is one of the best when it comes to playing dead and this award finally acknowledges that. My commiserations to the other animals who were nominated, especially the Opossums, better luck next time chappies. I guess that this year there was just something about a large green lizard, with a yellow throat pouch and neck sail who played dead, that the judges found exceptional!”

Fun Facts

“Oh hello there, this is so embarrassing. I was doing one of those pretend speeches. Please don’t laugh. I was so startled to see you that I didn’t even do my usual mouth gape to show the inner red lining to try and scare you away. Don’t worry, it’s only a show my species does, apart from faking death to deal with predators. We’re not dangerous at all. We mostly eat earthworms, and some termites, butterflies, and moths. We generally like hanging vertically on the sides of trees. So I was just doing the speech to pass time!”

Story of the Photo

Endemic to Sri Lanka, these lizards are generally found in forests with high canopies and dense undergrowth. Dilum captured this image whilst staying at Explorer by Eco Team in the Sinharaja Rain Forest.



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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