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Diary of Ravi, a chilled out Sambar Deer

Horton Plains National Park

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“I had the most awesome day today! Ate some grass… actually quite a lot of grass, then I chilled out in a big muddy pool, that was really good; I think I fell asleep for a while too. In the afternoon, I went and met all my girlfriends. I still haven’t made up my mind which of them I want to mate with. Maybe I’ll decide tomorrow.  Life is good as a male sambar. Those other animals with monogamous relationships don’t know what they are missing!”

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“It’s nice to know that we Sri Lankan Sambars are unique. Even though we have relatives around the world, our kind is found only on this picturesque island. I wonder if we could all have a reunion someday and see where evolution has taken each of us, because I’ve heard that we are bigger than most of our cousins. Maybe it’s the grass we eat?”


“Grandad told me that once upon a time, we used to roam everywhere, even in Colombo. But that’s not possible anymore. I mean, have you seen the traffic in Colombo? Terrible. The National Parks are a much better place to live in. I might head up to to the area near the Mahoora campsite up in the Knuckles Nature reserve. The weather is nice and those people always leave me in peace.”




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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