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Sri Lanka Conservation Photography Expedition – Feb 2020

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9 Days
Availability : 16th - 24th Feb 2020
Wasgamuwa National Park, Sri Lanka
Max People : 6

NATURE PHOTOGRAPHY TOURS IN SRI LANKA

Sri Lanka Wildlife Photography Holiday

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.

About Asian Elephants

The Asian elephant is the only living species of the genus Elephas and is found only in the Indian subcontinent (including Sri Lanka) and Southeast Asia.
 
Conservation status: Endangered
Scientific name: Elephas maximus
Mass: Male: 5,400 kg (Adult), Female: 2,700 kg (Adult)
Did you know: Asian elephants range from 6.6 feet (2 meters) to 9.8 feet (3 meters) at the shoulder.
 
A century ago, 20,000 elephants roamed the landscapes of Sri Lanka. However, due to increased agriculture, human impact and habitat destruction, less than 5,000 of these amazing giants remain in the wild.
 
This conservation photography expedition see’s you join a multiple award-winning conservation charity in their mission to save elephants living in the wild in Sri Lanka. You will be working with local ecologists and conservation teams to conduct research on a variety of elephant conservation tasks and projects, all while witnessing close up the elephant herds in the wild and documenting, via photography, the elephants and wildlife in the area and the work of the conservation teams.

What will I be doing?

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:

  • Conducting research, Monitoring & Surveying the elephants and other wildlife in the area.
  • Trekking through the jungle to follow the elephants’ grazing trail
  • Identifying and photographing the elephant herds in the area
  • Teaching environmental awareness to school children and local communities to help improve their lives living alongside these elephants
  • Researching the proliferation of elephants at different sites, such as water holes and frequently used tracks
  • Taking lots of photographs of wild Asian Elephants, Birdlife and if we’re lucky Asian Leopards!

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.

Why should I join this Expedition?

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.

SRI LANKA WILDLIFE HOLIDAY

Itinerary

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.

Accommodation

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.

Conservation Photography Expedition Information

Expedition Guide(s): Scott Latham

Departure & Return Location : Colombo International Airport (CMB)

Price Includes
Accommodation
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)

Price Excludes
Flights
Insurances
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)

How to book a photography holiday

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

Payment Terms

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.

Important information

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.

By booking this conservation expedition you are agreeing to our Payment Terms (as above), Terms & Conditions & Responsible Travel Policy.

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