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Interview with Bullet Senadhi

Udawalawe National Park

Fun Facts

Q: Bullet is a very interesting name. Did you get it whilst sprinting in the Pachyderm Olympics?

A: (snort laughing) No no, although I can run fast, the name actually has a tragic origin. When I was a wee calf, I was on a ramble with my mum and we chanced upon a village. The people got startled and fired a gun in the air to scare us away, but unfortunately the bullet ricocheted off a lamp post and hit my leg. The humans felt terrible and immediately took me for treatment and it was there that I got the name; because of the bullet lodged in my leg. It basically stuck with me for the rest of my life. The name, I mean, not the bullet.

Did you know?

Q: You are a member of a very rare club. Would you care to elaborate on that?

A: I presume that you are talking about the Big Tusker Club? You are quite correct, Less than 5% of us males are blessed with the big ones. Mine are 5 feet long at the moment and I’m hoping they will get a bit longer. After all, I’m only 18 so I think I can hit maybe 7 or 8 feet in my lifetime.


Q: So what made you migrate from your hometown of Anuradhapura?

A: Initially I had no choice in the matter, the humans brought me to Udawalawe for treatment. But during my recovery, I fell in love with the place so I decided to stay on. Also, the humans have been very nice to me ever since I arrived, especially the ones near the Mahoora campsite, so I don’t want to leave this place.




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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