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Memoirs of a mugger crocodile housewife

Udawalawe National Park

Fun Facts

“I know I’m not as big as my saltie cousin, but where I lack in brawn, I make up for in brains! I’m one of the first reptiles to use culinary tools, by setting traps for birds. My easy dinner recipe for quick water bird is quite famous with my family and especially good around the nesting holiday season; just balance sticks and branches on your head to lure birds looking for nesting material and voila! Instant, freshly-caught bird! Works every time! I do have a family recipe for deer as well – leave it to rot for a few days, while wedged underwater, before pulling it apart. It’s all about getting that right texture – I personally call it croc sous vide.”


Did you know?

“My name – Mugger – is actually a corruption from an Indian word that means ‘water monster’! Although technically speaking, I’m a living dinosaur, unchanged over 65 million years. In today’s world, my general lifespan usually guarantees I make it to my 40th birthday. Although if you’re talking about having kids, 40 years is much too late! The females of my species reach sexual maturity around 6.5 years. Having a good nest is so important these days as well, as the temperature of the nest determines whether I’ll have sons or daughters! If the nest is about 32.50°C the babies will all be male, but going higher or lower makes them all female! This is why it’s all about location, location, location.”



“I like living in freshwater lakes, rivers and marshes, and prefer slow-moving, shallow water bodies across Sri Lanka, most notably at Wilpattu, Yala and Bundala. Sometimes I move to artificial reservoirs and irrigation canals as a change of pace.”



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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