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Number of Reviews: 31 Overall score: *****
Leopard, Sri Lanka
***** Written
Whales & Leopards of Sri Lanka

Sri Lanka - Leopards and Blue Whales

2
December, particularly over Xmas, is not the time to do this trip. It's early in the season for the blue whales, but more importantly, it's the rainy season in Yale - something not evident from the trip notes. We had pretty reasonable whale viewing - a total of 3 or 4 blue whales over the 3 boat trips; plus a couple of Brydes whales and the dolphins. Yale is very very crowded with jeeps and there is very little etiquette amongst the drivers. If there's room to get closer to the subject another jeep will get in there, regardless of whether people are taking photos. Chaos would be a charitable description of the scene when a sloth bear went for a walk. We were unlucky with the weather and the leopard viewing, which is no one's fault, - but a 30 mins queue in a column of jeeps for a short glimpse of a distant leopard is not ideal. (And there's no chance to turn round, even if you wanted to get out of that queue!) May be a much better trip in late Feb / March?
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Exodus Response

Thank you for your feedback on your holiday in Sri Lanka. We were disappointed to hear that the weather was poor for much of the trip as this no doubt affected your overall enjoyment of the itinerary. Unfortunately Sri Lanka had much higher rainfall than usual this December which impacted many of the regions visited. We have raised your concerns regarding overcrowding in Yala National Park with our local operator and will review whether the Christmas period is a good time of year to operate this trip. There is a huge increase in domestic tourism over the holiday period which I believe was a contributing factor to the overcrowding in Yala. We use a high standard of hotel in Yala in order to be located close to the park entrance which makes for easier access to the park, and I do feel that this is a good selling point of the trip rather than reducing the hotel quality and price, as this would impact on the logistics of the holiday. I hope this answers some of your concerns and appreciate your feedback on the holiday as this helps us to make improvements to the itinerary. Simon Clifford, Trip Manager
Leopard, Sri Lanka
***** Written
Whales & Leopards of Sri Lanka

November whale & leopard spotting

3
As it says in the title - you see whales and leopards in Sri Lanka! Local arrangements are a bit mixed - the Yala hotel is excellent but the behaviour of the park drivers degrades the experience.
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Leopard, Sri Lanka
***** Written
Whales & Leopards of Sri Lanka

Fantastic Leopard and Whale sightings

3
It's called Whales and Leopards and it did exactly what it said on the tin! We saw Blue Whales on all our boat trips and 8 Leopard sightings across 6 game drives. However, there are issues with the organisation on this trip which need improving (this is the reason for the lower star rating).
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Exodus Response

We are delighted that Michelle had such good whale and leopard sightings, but it is a shame that some issues with organisation and guiding took the shine off an otherwise great trip. At the end of the 2014 spring season, we reviewed client feedback and it became clear that some of the leaders had not been as well received as we would have hoped. We have therefore taken the decision to operate all future departures of this trip with a very experienced local partner with whom we have successfully been working for over ten years. We are confident that the 2013 award winning Sri Lankan leader team will prove to be as popular on this wildlife trip as they have been on our discover tours.

Katherine Tory - Product Manager for Sri Lanka
Leopard, Sri Lanka
***** Written
Whales & Leopards of Sri Lanka

WHALES AND LEOPARDS OF SRI LANKA

4
2nd trip with Exodus and same attention to detail. Tour leader ensuring itinerary delivered. Quality accommodation and good food. Group very mixed but easy going. Early starts ensured oportunities to see whales and leopards maximised, and we were not disappointed, however little time to enjoy facilities, especially in Yala. Sightings of elephants were an unexpected bonus. Our tour leader was determined to ensure we experienced as much of Sri Lanks as was possible in the time available, teaching us the philosophy behind Buddism en route.
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Leopard, Sri Lanka
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Whales & Leopards of Sri Lanka

WHALES AND LEOPARDS OF SRI LANKA

4
Really well organsied trip with lots of leopards and whales. This is not a restful trip though as lots of early mornings and a few long drives crammed in to 9 days but worth it to see the fantastic wildlife.
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Leopard, Sri Lanka
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Whales & Leopards of Sri Lanka

WHALES AND LEOPARDS OF SRI LANKA

5
When I booked this holiday, my aim was to see blue whales and to spend as much time as possible watching them. I had already seen other whales and really wanted to see the giant of them all, the biggest mammal on earth.   When it became clear that none of my friends or family shared my dream, I decided to  make the trip alone, and so I now had a second purpose - to discover whether I could, at seventy years of age, really enjoy a solo adventure.  I could happily spend every day on safari drives or whale-watching trips, so this holiday suited my needs in every detail. 
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