Financially Protected via ATOL & IPP.
During this hands on Sri Lanka wildlife photography holiday you will directly help to promote the protection and survival of the endangered Asian elephant in the depths of Wasgamuwa National Park. The expedition allows you to get involved and be part of an important initiative to help elephants and communities live together, while you experience the incredible privilege of photographing with these amazing creatures.
You will be out and about working in the elephants’ natural habitat. During the expedition, you will be getting very hands on with the research, observation and preservation in an effort to protect the Elephants for future generations.
Your days will be varied and exciting, touching upon a variety of tasks:
The Wasgamuwa National Park is absolutely stunning and you will be trekking through its mountains, jungles and wetlands to get to know the elephants intimately. You will come into contact with the friendly locals, swim in beautiful lakes and encounter some lush terrain. All part of what makes this expedition even more magical.
Helping Asian Elephants to remain in the wild is an inspiring opportunity and getting involved in this conservation photography expedition is most poignant. Not only will you be doing something rewarding, fun and worthwhile, but you will be contributing to the long-term protection of endangered elephants, while witnessing and photographing wild elephants and the nature of Wasgamuwa National Park.
During the Sri Lanka photography holiday and Elephant conservation expedition, you will have the opportunity to not just photography these amazing animals, but also the opportunity to create a documentary of the conservation work that is undertaken by the team saving these amazing creatures.
Day 1 (Sunday) You will be welcomed by your expedition guide at Colombo Airport and transferred to your overnight stay hotel near Colombo City.
Day 2 (Monday) We will transfer to Wasgamuwa National Park via public transport where we’ll be welcomed and introduced to the team of conservationists we’ll be working with during your stay.
An afternoon task maybe undertaken if we arrive in enough time.
Day 3-6 (Tuesday-Friday) After breakfast, you’ll be working with the conservation team undertaking a manner of tasks (as listed above) and giving you opportunity to get close to Asian Elephant in the wild and document the work of the conservation team. You will also have free time to photograph the huge array of wildlife at the reserve including an array of birdlife and if we’re lucky Sri Lanka’s Leopard’s.
Day 7 (Saturday) Today you take a free day to either relax or explore the stunning Wasgamuwa National Park.
Day 8 (Sunday) After breakfast, we will have a morning exploring the area before we will transfer to Colombo City via private transfer for an overnight stay.
Day 9 (Monday) After breakfast and depending on your flight time, you’ll be transferred to Colombo Airport for your outbound flight.
The accommodation offers some of the most beautiful views across the Sri Lankan landscapes. The house is based in the central forests, surrounded by mountains. It is located just outside a small village and close to the beautiful Wasgamuwa National Park. The views from the house look out onto a striking mountain range and a large reservoir, not a bad way to wake up to, especially when there are elephants taking a morning bath in the wetlands below.
The house is basic yet comfortable. You will share a room with one or two other people of the same sex. There are western toilets and showers. All in all its an attractive and relaxing base for you expedition.
Meals are provided and are an excellent introduction to Sri Lankan food. Prepare for lots of delicious curries, rice and fruits. Vegetarians and vegans can be catered for.
Expedition Guide(s): Scott Latham
Departure & Return Location : Colombo International Airport (CMB)
Award Winning Photographer Tour Guide
All transportation in destination location
Meals and soft drinks at the project site
Full training, Orientation and Briefings
Pre-departure information covering medical, safety and placement advice
Local support in Sri Lanka from English speaking staff
Certificate of Recognition (on request)
Sundries, Meals out of Project Location & Alcoholic Drinks
Any activities not listed on the itinerary
Any additional costs such as extra trips, snacks, entertainment (allow maybe £50 per week depending on lifestyle)
Booking on our Sri Lanka Photography Holiday is simple. Please complete the booking form on this page with you full name, email, and details on your booking, i.e number of people etc. A member of our team will then be in contact with a booking confirmation email. If you have selected pay deposit only option, your balance will be due upon the payment terms below. Alternatively, you can complete the enquiry form and we’ll respond to your email ASAP.
Tour Cost: £1875 per person | Deposit: £300 per person
Deposit: £300 due upon booking
Mid-Term: £450 due 6 months before travel
Final Balance: £1125 Due 9 weeks before travel
Any flight arrangements made with our partners through us need to be paid in full at time of flight booking.
Please be aware that this trip will mainly be spent volunteering with the conservation team, getting fully involved in the project and conservation of the species at the reserve. Photography opportunities will arise regular for both the Elephant’s and the documentary style photographs of the team.
The park is not enclosed by fences, so elephants can leave the park with no restrictions to travel to other feeding grounds (often farmers’ fields and storage barns) or watering holes (reservoirs near the villages). This means that the local villagers are coming into contact with the elephants on a pretty much daily basis, and this is causing the human-elephant conflict. As the villages are outside of the National Park, they receive none of the benefits such as government funding to help them mitigate their problems. This is why the project exists, to help reduce human elephant conflict and promote the survival of the elephants to the benefits of everyone, especially the local community. With this in mind you will be also working outside of the national park boundaries.