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Starting With Nepal…

TIGERS AT TIGER TOPS
Whilst tigers can be spotted throughout the year in Nepal, February to April tends to be the real peak season. Jack has just returned from the jungle and there were very happy guests and reports of sightings every few days. Whilst India has become the ‘famous’ destination to see tigers, we feel that the more intimate, much less crowded opportunity to see tigers in a remote environment, enriches the guest experience. If you’ve got real tiger enthusiasts we’d recommend heading down to Tiger Tops Karnali Lodge, in the remote Bardia National Park, for 3 or 4 nights. 


And From Sri Lanka…

GUIDE TRAINING AT LEOPARD TRAILS

Leopard Trails are renowned in Sri Lanka for producing fantastic guides and the majority of these guides have come through their own training programs. This year they are running an 8 week Field Guide Training Program which aims to offer new guides an opportunity to learn a very thorough course, which will lead into work, either at Leopard Trails or other safari companies around the island. It’s a great initiative. 

WALKS & TALKS – ASHBURNHAM ESTATE
The location at Ashburnham, in the foothills of the Knuckles Mountains and sitting on it’s own 100 acre tea estate lends itself to some amazing walks. The weather up there at moment is amazing and lots of guests head off for walks, either on their own or with a resident naturalist (Aravinda or Annie). We’d highly recommended the guided walks as they can give a really interesting insight into the nature and wildlife along the walk (and also avoids getting lost!). There are a list of walks in each room or guests can pre-book a walk in advance of your stay.

SAFE SWIMMING AT MOSVOLD VILLA 

Something I was surprised with on the south coast was the number of beaches which looked amazing but weren’t actually safe to swim in. Whereas right now, during non-monsoon season you can swim in the sea directly in front of the property. The shallows are also safe for children making it a lovely option for families. 

Also Mosvold Villa has been nominated at World Travel Awards for Sri Lanka’s leading boutique hotel for 2019. Voting starts 25th of March so we’ll send you the link to vote in a couple of weeks.

HEAD NORTH  WITH SAIL LANKA

Margaux, head of sales for Sail Lanka is currently up in northern Sri Lanka on their amazing 6 night sailing holiday off the north-west coast. The Palk Bay remains one of the most untouched parts of the country. Located between India and Sri Lanka, this narrow strait is home to sparsely populated islands, fascinating coral formations, calm waters, a thriving fishing tradition and desolate landscapes. The trip costs $1,650 per person (based on 2 people sharing a cabin). 

GAL OYA LODGE ACTIVITIES
Where possible it’s a good idea to pre-book the main paid activities at Gal Oya, such as the boat safari, Vedda walk or jeep drive, but to allow the naturalist to recommend when the best time to do this, during a stay. They will know the latest animal movements and weather patterns and can also tailor your guests experiences depending on their interests such as birding, biking etc.

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